Minority and women business owners' training to start Sept. 25

Women and minority business owners can improve their management skills through a new six-week training program that covers all aspects of business management from strategic planning to financial accounting.

Fifth-Third Bank, the Kentucky Small Business Development Center and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government are partnering to offer the Lexington Minority and Women Business Training Program.

Classes will be 9 a.m. to noon. one day a week beginning Sept. 25. The application deadline is Sept. 11.

The agenda includes a two-part series on managing finances; a session on strategic planning; marketing; hiring, managing and firing employees, along with federal, state and local tax requirements; and a final session on government contracting.

The training program is an outgrowth of the Minority and Women Contractor Training Program from the SBDC and the Urban County Government, said Marilyn Clark, the city's minority business enterprise liaison.

The cost for the program is $50. A continental breakfast will be provided each morning.

To qualify, participants must have a business that is 51 percent owned by women or minorities.

For more information, contact Clark at (859) 258-3323 or or Dee Dee Harbut at (859) 257-7668 or More information is available at