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Councilwoman Hamilton encourages small businesses owners and anyone wishing to start a business in Shawnee to attend Shawnee NRSA workshops

Wednesday November 6, 2013

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – As part of the Shawnee Neighborhood Revitalization Strategic Area (NRSA) plan, Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton is encouraging small business owners and those who want to start their business in the Shawnee area to attend two very important workshops in November.

“This is the other important component of the Shawnee NRSA,” says Hamilton. “While we are rehabbing homes in the Shawnee area we must also remember that small businesses and shops enhance a neighborhood, encourage economic development and create jobs in some of our vacant store fronts.”

The two workshops are being conducted by the Metro Department of Community Services and Revitalization covering Financial Empowerment/ Economic Development (FEED) as part of the Microbusiness component of the Shawnee NRSA.

The Microbusiness orientation will help low and moderate income business owners with starting and growing small businesses. The program offers training, technical assistance and loans.

Information Sessions for Microbusiness Orientation

Nov. 14th 2:30 to 4:30pm

November 19th 5:30 to 7:30pm

Northwest Neighborhood Place 4018 West Market Street

Registration Required 574-5168 or 574-5866

Guidelines for the Microbusiness Program:

· Training is for business owners who have already launched their business, but need assistance with maintaining or growing their companies. The training opportunities are for short term courses, workshops and certification programs on business topics by continuing education programs by local universities, schools and other organizations.

· Training must be completed within one year

· Participants are expected to receive a certificate of completion

Program eligibility:

· Businesses that employ five or fewer employees including the owner

· The business must be located within Louisville/Jefferson County and the owners live in Jefferson County.

· The business owners household income must fall at or below 80% of AMI to qualify for the program

“This is a great opportunity to help bring new startup businesses to the Shawnee area and at the same time help those small businesses already here to grow and prosper,” says Hamilton. “These workshops will help get the process rolling for those who are interested in building a future in the Shawnee Neighborhood.”

Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5