October 19, 2005 | By: Laura Skillman
LEXINGTON, Ky.

A two-day home-based business seminar is planned at Natural Bridge State Park in Slade for those wishing to start or to expand their business. The event will focus on home-based craft, basketry, tourism and heritage skills businesses. 

The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and the Southern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association along with the Barnhart Fund for Excellence will present a “Home-Based Business Workshop.” Registration begins at 9 a.m. on Nov. 7, and the workshop will conclude at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 8.

“Heritage skills in Kentucky are a great tradition,” said Kimberly Adams-Leger, Nicholas County Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. 

That tradition has been a way to earn extra income for many families and, with the loss of tobacco income, these businesses are becoming an important means of expanding the farm income, she said.

Key speakers will address how to develop a business plan, marketing techniques, insurance issues, clientele hospitality, financing and legal issues. There will also be a panel discussion featuring three home-based business women. 

For more information or to register by Oct. 24, contact your local Extension Service office. The cost is $15 per person. Discounted room rates are available by contacting Natural Bridge State Resort Park at (800) 325-1710. Be sure to mention that you are attending the workshop.

Contact: 

Writer: Laura Skillman 270-365-7541 ext. 278

Contact: Kimberly Adams-Leger, 859-289-2312