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Peoples Bancorp backs small businesses

Feb. 14, 2013 @ 09:22 AM

Peoples Bancorp Foundation, a nonprofit corporation formed to make donations in Peoples Bank's market areas, recently awarded $3,750 to Unlimited Future, Inc. to help foster ongoing entrepreneur classes for small business development in the Tri-State area.

Unlimited Future, a business incubator and resource center in Huntington, provides support services and education for entrepreneurs to be successful. Services include classroom training for start-up and emerging businesses, one-on-one technical assistance and access to a network of experts. UFI coordinates Huntington's monthly Entrepreneurs' Cafe events.

Peoples Bancorp Foundation contributions focus on charitable giving in four major areas: community investment and economic development, youth and education, human services programs and the arts.

TRENDSETTERS: Antonio Murphy is celebrating Black History month inside his business, Trendsetters, located at 1202 4th Ave. With black history T-shirts for sale, the men's clothing store also has pictures celebrating key figures in black history throughout the store, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Frederick Douglass.

"History is one of those things not being promoted enough," he said. He invites all to stop by not only to check out his men's fashions but also to get a reminder about the importance of the people who have paved the way for blacks.

The store is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS COMMITTEE: Huntington's Young Professionals Committee will host Mayor Steve Williams for a luncheon event at noon Friday, Feb. 22, at the Huntington Museum of Art.

Williams is expected to share his vision for Huntington and provide ideas for young professionals on how to get involved at the city level.

The YPC is a subcommittee of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce, targeting professionals ages 21 to 45. All young professionals in the greater Huntington area are invited to the event. Lunch will be provided by Honeybaked Ham for $10 per person.

To RSVP for the event, contact Carly Knotts at the Chamber by emailing carly@huntingtonchamber.org.

ASHLAND ALLIANCE: Ashland Community and Technical College, along with the Entrepreneur Center and Ashland Innovation Center, are hosting the Ashland Alliance's Business After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. It will be at ACTC, 4818 Roberts Drive, Ashland.

The institutions will celebrate the opening of the Community and Economic Development Center.

Guests are asked to RSVP to 606-324-5111 or miss@ashlandalliance.com. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Please send business news items to Jean Tarbett Hardiman at jeant@herald-dispatch.com.