New Eastern Kentucky SBDC director excited to help businesses throughout the region

Published: Sep. 7, 2021 at 10:53 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2021 at 5:45 PM EDT
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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The Kentucky Small Business Development Center (SBDC) announced the new director for Eastern Kentucky in June and made it official with a news release on Tuesday. The SBDC offers free confidential help to start-ups and entrepreneurs to assist them in becoming successful small businesses.

“We work with small businesses and entrepreneurs who are wanting to become successful,” said new Eastern Kentucky SBDC Director Michelle Spriggs “We help them explore what it’s going to take for them to start in the right way.”

Spriggs, who has been an SBDC business coach for 10 years, says she is excited to get to work in her new role.

“We have a network of KSBDC business coaches so when you come and see me you actually see all of our coaches,” she said. “If there’s a skill set that I do not have we can call in another coach.”

Spriggs also plans to open physical SBDC offices in Eastern Kentucky including one in Johnson County as well as one in another outlying county in the Eastern Kentucky SBDC’s coverage area.

“I hope to innovate our center to really focus on our clients,” she said. “What is the best thing that we can do for our clients and our communities that we serve more successful?”

Spriggs, a longtime native of Johnson County, says she is ecstatic to be able to serve her home.

“I’m proud to be from Johnson County and I’m proud to call it my home,” she said. “I’m very blessed to work with my clients and I love what I do.”

The Eastern Kentucky SBDC currently serves Breathitt, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lee, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Pike, and Wolfe counties. To get in touch with the Kentucky SBDC, visit its website.

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