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SOURCE:  Office of Senator Mitch McConnell

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McConnell: Kentucky to Receive Federal Grant to Fight Heroin Crisis

‘This is a positive development for Kentucky’s efforts to fight the use of heroin that is hitting the Commonwealth particularly hard.’

LOUISVILLE, KY – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was informed today by Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli that Kentucky will be among the states that will be sharing a $2.5 million federal grant to help fight the heroin crisis in our communities.  Director Botticelli contacted Sen. McConnell to alert him to the support and commitment from the federal government for Kentucky in our growing fight against heroin. Over the years, Sen. McConnell has worked closely with Director Botticelli in drug eradication efforts, including during an April 9th visit to Northern Kentucky – one of the areas in the state hit hardest by the opioid epidemic.

The funding, being announced today, will be used for the Heroin Response Strategy, a combined effort to confront the severe heroin threat that exists in communities in 5 of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA), Washington/Baltimore; New York/New Jersey; Appalachia; New England; and Philadelphia/Camden.  HIDTA will determine the amounts that will be distributed to each state.

“This is a positive development for Kentucky’s efforts to fight the use of heroin that is hitting the Commonwealth particularly hard,” Sen. McConnell said. “I appreciate Director Botticelli contacting me with the good news and I appreciate all he has done to assist in our efforts back home. We must use federal resources to combat this epidemic in the most efficient and effective way possible, and I look forward to our continued efforts.”

“The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program helps Federal, state, and local authorities to coordinate drug enforcement operations, support prevention efforts and improve public health and safety,” said Director Botticelli.  “The new Heroin Response Strategy demonstrates a strong commitment to address the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic as both a public health and a public safety issue. This Administration will continue to expand community-based efforts to prevent drug use, pursue ‘smart on crime’ approaches to drug enforcement, increase access to treatment, work to reduce overdose deaths, and support the millions of Americans in recovery.”

In addition to the $2.5 million federal grant, the Appalachia HIDTA will also receive nearly $400,000 to be used for programs to help prevent drug abuse in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Virginia.

The five HIDTAs will utilize the funding to target the emergence and resurgence of heroin by sharing intelligence, analyzing trends, providing law enforcement training, and strengthening public health – public safety partnerships.  The funds will support expansion of a Drug Intelligence Officer Network in 15 states, education and training for public safety first responders, and conferences related to public health and public safety.

“One of the most salient points I have learned from studying prescription drug and heroin abuse is that multi-jurisdictional and multi-agency law-enforcement efforts, such as the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, or HIDTA, are crucial to our success.  I have no doubt that this new funding will enhance law enforcement’s ability to fight heroin in some of the areas, such as Kentucky, that have seen communities and families ravaged because of this drug.  In this era of limited federal resources, we must use these interagency partnerships to maximize our return from the federal dollars we spend to combat this epidemic,” Sen. McConnell added.

BACKGROUND: In recent years, Senator McConnell has worked tirelessly engaging with Kentucky law enforcement and ONDCP to increase the number of Kentucky counties included in Appalachia HIDTA, successfully advocating for Jefferson County’s, Hardin County’s, Madison County’s, and Nelson County’s inclusion. Along with his commitment to expanding Appalachia HIDTA, in this year alone, Sen. McConnell, along with Sen. Casey, introduced the bipartisan Protecting Our Infants Act in the U.S. Senate, which is designed to address prenatal opioid use and the scourge of opiate withdrawal in newborns.  Sen. McConnell also joined with Sen. Markey in a letter to HHS Secretary Burwell calling on the agency to issue a Surgeon General’s Report and Call to Action on prescription drug and heroin abuse.  And as part of the FY16 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill, Sen. McConnell requested and secured report language directing CDC to work with states to enhance their public health response to infants being born dependent on opioids and suffering withdrawal symptoms, and grant certain states and communities flexibility in managing needle exchange programs.

SOURCE:  SBA Kentucky District Office

Free Matchmaking Event on Sept. 3

sba-logo-op_original_cropJoin the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2015 as we embark on a 10-city tour across the country to help small businesses grow with the American Supplier Initiative (ASI). SBA believes that together we can help boost the economy and foster new relationships between Small Business Owners and Procurement Specialists. Cincinnati, Ohio is the next stop on the ASI 10-city tour. See registration details below!

This FREE business matchmaking event will pair companies based on buyer requirements and supplier capabilities to guarantee quality meetings. Suppliers will also have the option to upload marketing brochures, input past performance, certifications, videos, and company profiles before the event.

The event will also include nine breakout training sessions covering a variety of small business topics. Parking is free. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Date: Thursday, September 3, 2015

Time: 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 pm ET

Location: Touch of Elegance, 5959 Kellogg Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45230

Follow these steps to register:

1. Visit https://asi.mybusinessmatches.com/cincinnati;

2. Click Register;

3. Identify yourself as a “Buyer” or “Supplier;”

4. Fill in the required information to build your matchmaking profile;

5. Create a password and submit your profile.

Questions? Contact My Business Matches at (866) 853-3561. Registration and additional event information is available at https://asi.mybusinessmatches.com/cincinnati, or you may call the Cincinnati Branch Office of the SBA:

Nicole Pickard (513) 684-2814, Ext. 207 or Glenn Clevenger (513) 684-2814, Ext. 205

All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for the disabled will be provided to those who make a request 2 weeks in advance.

SOURCE:  Virginia (Richmond) District Office

SBA Virginia Upcoming Events and Training

Training Opportunities

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Another Toolbox Workshop Brought to You by SCORE-Richmond in Partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration

Funding an entrepreneurial start-up or sourcing cash to grow your established small business has never been easy.  A bank is usually the best source but what if you can’t get a bank loan?  Join a financial sourcing expert to explore what it takes to get a bank loan, alternative funding sources, how they work, advantages and disadvantages.

When:
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
6:30pm-8:30pm

Where:
Stratford University Auditorium
11104 W. Broad St.
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Cost:  $25 pre-event,  $30 at the door

Register here

Martinsville Encore Entrepreneur Workshop

Entrepreneurs over the age of 50 are one of the fastest growing groups of new business owners. They can use their knowledge and experience gained during their careers to create a new business that can be rewarding in so many ways. The event on August 18 is targeted to individuals who are aged 50+ who may want to pursue entrepreneurship. The goal is to provide counseling, training and mentoring support to those interested in entrepreneurship. Mentors will be available for speed  mentoring.

August 18, 2015 at 10:30am
Martinsville Chamber of Commerce
47 Fayette St.
Martinsville, VA 24112

For more information call:
276-638-2486

Martinsville Encore Entrepreneur Workshop

Entrepreneurs over the age of 50 are one of the fastest growing groups of new business owners. They can use their knowledge and experience gained during their careers to create a new business that can be rewarding in so many ways. The event on August 18 is targeted to individuals who are aged 50+ who may want to pursue entrepreneurship. The goal is to provide counseling, training and mentoring support to those interested in entrepreneurship. Mentors will be available for speed  mentoring.

August 18, 2015 at 10:30am
Martinsville Chamber of Commerce
47 Fayette St.
Martinsville, VA 24112

For more information call:
276-638-2486

SBA scheduled to attend the Radford Army Ammunition Plant’s Industry Day in Blacksburg August 26

Representatives from SBA will be on site to answer questions and concerns, provide information and offer assistance to small business owners in conjunction of this event.

When:    August 26, 2015 – Between 12pm and 4pm
Where:   Hilton Garden Inn
900 Plantation Rd
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Event Description: This event is open to all businesses interested in receiving solicitations from the prime contractor in Radford, VA. Suppliers are asked to bring a comprehensive list of services and products for sale. While the primary focus of Industry Day is the Small Business community, large businesses are also welcome and encouraged to attend. Suppliers are also asked to bring business cards for this marketing opportunity.

Bring a list of products and services for sale, and any other literature you wish to share 
– You will be received by Procurement team at the plant
– You may be referred to members of Engineering, Program Management or Facilities if your products or services match anticipated needs. Representatives from each of these functions will be at the event to learn all about your business!

RSVP: NLT August 19, 2015 via email to OSIVendor@baesystems.com

Save the Date for National Small Business Week 2016!

Exporters wanted!

This year the Virginia District Office will recognize both the Small Business Person of the Year and the Exporter of the Year. Businesses may also enter national awards.

National Small Business Week has been scheduled for May 1-7, 2016. More details will be published throughout the year.

It isn’t too early to start thinking about entering. Start putting your packets together now for next year’s event.

If interested please contact Matthew Nowak.

SOURCE:  Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center

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SOURCE:  FREEPRESS

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