Upcoming business events: Week of Dec. 9

Classes & workshops

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government will hold open certification labs for minority and women-owned businesses 2-4 p.m. Dec. 9 and 9-11 a.m. Dec. 13. During the labs, businesses will receive help filling out paperwork and a review and clarification on collecting documents needed for certification. The certification labs will be held at the Government Center, 200 East Main Street in the basement training room, B-107. For reservations, contact Marilyn Clark, by email at

The Central Kentucky Inventors Council will hold its Inventors Workshop at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Bluegrass Area Development Center, 699 Perimeter Drive. Hosted by Don West and Raj Shah. Membership: $40. Info: or (859) 201-1311.

The Central Kentucky Computer Society will offer the following classes and workshops at its resource center, 160 Moore Drive, Suite 107, unless otherwise noted. The workshop is for members, but the public is invited and visitors are welcome at no charge. Info: (859) 373-1000 or at


Tech Night, Monday, 7 p.m. Dec. 9.

Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, 7 p.m. Dec. 10.

Photo Coffee Clicks, 9 a.m. Dec. 12.

Macintosh and iPad, 7 p.m. Dec. 12.

The Kentucky Master Bartending Program — an introductory training program for aspiring bartenders will begin Jan. 7 and will be held monthly thereafter at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset. Classes will be 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays during each four-week session. During the program, students will receive hands-on experience working with Shane Miller, a professional bartender and business owner, to master the art of mixing drinks, as well as organizational and customer service skills.

As the capstone for the program, The Center has arranged for an instructor with the state of Kentucky Server Training in Alcohol Regulations to provide a four-hour certification class for each group that completes the program. An additional fee is required for the S.T.A.R. certification.

The cost for the four-week program is $350 per student. The cost of the program plus the four-hour S.T.A.R. certification class is $385 per student. Students can enroll only in the S.T.A.R. certification class at a cost of $49.

For more info, or to register for classes, contact Robyn Phillips at (606) 677-6000 or email Visit The Center's website at to register online.

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center will hold the following training events at 330 East Main Street, Commerce Lexington. $20. Register at (859) 257-7666 or

Website Platform Selection, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 9. $20.

Starting a Business in Kentucky, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Free.

Mail Chimp! Free Email Newsletter, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Free.


The Women Republicans of Central Kentucky will hold its Starz Celebration to honor its members' accomplishments from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 11 at Hilton Suites, Lexington Green. Fun social hour before the program, silent auction, and special guest award sponsors. Heavy hors d'ouevres will be served. $30 per person. RSVP required to Payment options online at

The National Association of Women Business Owners will have their holiday event from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 12 at The Barrel House in Lexington's Distillery District. Funds raised at the networking event will benefit The Chrysalis House. $25 members/$35 guests. RSVP to

The University of Kentucky Alumni Association's Job Club will meet 9-10:15 a.m. Dec. 10 at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension office, 1140 Red Mile Place. Topic: 10 Career Mistakes to Avoid. For more information, call the UK Alumni Association at (859) 257-8905 or the Fayette Cooperative Extension office at (859) 257-5582 or visit


The Center for Rural Development is accepting applications for federally funded mini-grants to help advance strategic planning efforts throughout the region.

Grant applications from city and county governments and eligible nonprofit organizations in 37 Southern and Eastern Kentucky communities will be accepted through Dec. 12. Grants range from $5,000 to $10,000.

The ARC mini-grants may be used for either the successful creation of a strategic plan or the implementation of priority community development projects identified in existing strategic plans. The use of technology solutions in the implementation and execution of these plans and projects is encouraged.

Eligibility guidelines, funding availability, and grant application materials may be downloaded at For more information, contact Patti Simpson at (606) 677-6000 or email

All projects must be completed within six months after the grant announcement and require a local cash match of 20 percent of the total project cost. Grants are expected to be awarded in January.

The following counties are eligible to apply: Adair, Bath, Bell, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Green, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Rockcastle, Russell, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe. Cities within those counties may also apply.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo