Those interested in starting a business got a chance to learn about local resources when Griffin Cottle spoke during an event at Southeast Community and Technical College on Thursday. The goal of the assembly was to create a map of resources that can be shared throughout the community and to identify gaps in services needed for the area.
Cottle, who is the director of the small business center at Jefferson Community and Technical College in Lousiville, said the project is being held in conjunction with the Appalachian Regional Commission and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship. The project is designed to help make all the community colleges in the area more of a focus of small business development and entrepreneurship.
“Southeast (Community and Technical College) is pretty far ahead in that respect, much more so than most other colleges in the area,” said Cottle.
During the event Thursday, an entrepreneurial map was created regarding different business development related services, funding sources and networking groups.
“We’re trying to create a map and inventory of that for Middlesboro and five or six surrounding counties,” said Cottle.
Director of the Small Business Center at SKCTC in Middlesboro Sam Coleman the college is committed to small businesses in the area.
Anthony Cloud can be contacted at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.