Selling to The World Expo
Media Release

Selling to the World Expo Sponsors:

SKCTC

SKCTC

For many Kentuckians, higher education begins in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. KCTCS – with 70 campuses and 98,000 students across the state — is a critical component to transforming the Kentucky’s economy by providing citizens with the education and training needed for high growth, high wage careers. Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College — with five campuses in Bell, Harlan, and Letcher County — is one of 16 KCTCS colleges. For more information, visit www.southeast.kctcs.edu.

NACCE

NACCE

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is an organization of presidents, administrators, educators, center directors and entrepreneurs, focused on inciting entrepreneurship in their community and on their campus. NACCE has two main goals: 1. Empower the college to approach the business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset, and 2. Grow the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem.

The New York Community Trust

The New York Community Trust

Through the generosity of New Yorkers and others who have set up charitable funds, The New York Community Trust is able to make grants for a huge range of charitable activity that is important to the well-being and vitality of that city–and beyond. The Trust is New York City’s community foundation, and one of the largest funders of City nonprofits. Since 1924, The Trust has helped make donors’ charitable dreams come true by funding the nonprofits that make communities a vital and secure place. The Trust ended 2013 with assets of $2.4 billion in more than 2,000 charitable funds, and made grants totaling $141 million. The New York Community Trust is providing direct support to Selling To The World—and Eastern Kentucky–through a grant from the Oakley L. and Ethel Witherspoon Alexander Fund included in a round of grants awarded in December 2014 to 51 groups totaling $7.4 million. Visit www.nycommunitytrust.org.

The New York Community Trust

Discover Downtown Middlesboro

Discover Downtown Middlesboro is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 2006. Since that time the organization has worked to spearhead revitalization of the downtown area. This is accomplished through coordinating grassroots action by volunteers on four committees – Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Restructuring. Some of our recent projects include starting up and launching The Palace – a pop-up shop to promote entrepreneurship. We’re preparing to launch the Levitt AMP Middlesboro Music Series with free ten concerts every Saturday starting August 1 . Finally, DDM is working to build a world-class trail system and improve buildings, streets, and sidewalks in our historic area downtown to make it welcoming for residents and visitors. For more information, please visit www.downtownmiddlesboro.org.

MACED

The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development

The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development helps businesses and nonprofits that are committed to building sustainable and vibrant local economies in Central Appalachia. Since 1976, MACED has contributed to the growth, financial stability and long-term success of many enterprises. Our staff is experienced in helping companies reach their goals by providing loans, assistance with business planning, and managerial and technical support. Visit www.maced.org to learn more.

sbdc

Kentucky Small Business Development Center

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center has been assisting the Commonwealth’s small business community for more than 25 years. With 15 service centers statewide and an experienced and knowledgeable staff, KSBDC provides unparalleled consulting and training services that help existing business owners and potential entrepreneurs succeed. KSBDC is co-sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and administered by the University of Kentucky in partnership with regional universities, community and private colleges, and the private sector.

EKCEP

EKCEP

Since 1968, the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP) helps workers and businesses in Eastern Kentucky meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of today’s economy. EKCEP operates the Kentucky Career Center JobSight network of workforce centers, which provides jobseekers and employers access to an array of innovative state and nationally recognized federal workforce programs that help prepare, advance, and expand the workforce of Eastern Kentucky. EKCEP’s initiatives–like Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.)–are also helping the region’s unemployed recover from the unprecedented downturn in the coal mining industry. Another initiative, Teleworks USA, connects citizens with marketable skills to legitimate work-from-home “telework” job opportunities they can perform using their home computer and a reliable Internet connection. Find out more about these services and others at www.jobsight.org and www.teleworksusa.com.

Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation

Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation

Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, founded in 1968 to stimulate economic growth in nine counties in Southern and Eastern Kentucky, now serves 22 counties in the region and has created more than 18,000 jobs, of which more than 10,000 were created by helping develop home-grown entrepreneurs. Visit for additional information.