Several Activities Mark Global Entrepreneurship Week

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Eastern Kentucky University and the Kentucky Innovation Office at Richmond will mark Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 17-23 with several activities on and off campus.

A Richmond 5 Pitch Competition will be held Nov. 17-18 at the University’s Business & Technology Center. The event identifies five entrepreneurs who will enter the EKU Business Accelerator (incubator) for one year and then locate their businesses in Richmond. Over the course of a year, Richmond 5 participants will receive office space at a reduced cost, accelerated coaching and mentoring, promotion of their business, and the tools they will need to launch successful, sustainable businesses in Richmond.

On Monday, Nov. 17, and Wednesday, Nov. 19, EKU students will greet and “tweet” with a special thank-you to more than 45 local entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurs will receive a special gift and a tweet of the visit, hash-tagging their business.

Three Lunch and Learn events are planned for the week, one each in Richmond, Stanford and Danville:

·         “Financing Your Small Business,” Tuesday, Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Central Bank Community Room, 350 W. Main St., Richmond. The event is presented by the EKU Small Business Development Center, Kentucky Innovation Network at Richmond, MACED and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.

·         “Exporting Your Goods and Services,” Wednesday, Nov. 19, Lincoln County Public Library. (Bring your own lunch. For more information, contact Yvonne Harrison at or 859-622-7995.)

·         “Prepare for End of Year,” Thursday, Nov. 20, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., McKinney Conference Center, Constitution Square Historic Site, 105 E. Walnut St., Danville. (Bring your own lunch. For more information, contact Yvonne Harrison at or 859-622-7995.)

An Entrepreneurial Showcase, on Wednesday, Nov. 19, will offer students the chance to hear from several successful entrepreneurs and ask questions. The event will be held at 11:15 a.m. in the University’s Business & Technology Center.

A Business Babes Unwind and Mastermind event, also on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Café Meeples, 200 W. Main St., Richmond, gives members a chance to network and discuss common concerns and issues related to the growth of their businesses. For more information, or to RSVP, call 859-624-2981 or e-mail

EKU SBDC Director Jason Rainey will be the featured speaker at the annual membership luncheon of the Estill County Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Citizens Guaranty Bank Community Room, 25 River Drive, Irvine. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m.

EKU students will have an opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial ideas and win prizes at a BIG Ideas event on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Powell Building.

Throughout the week, the Kentucky Innovation Network office at Richmond will introduce to students in the region. The program allows students to test a business strategy on a micro business model. A free trial is available at

Other events during the week include:

·         Kentucky Craft Distiller Network Event, Thursday, Nov. 20, 5-8 p.m., D.W. Adams Distilling, LLC, 130 S. Water St., Georgetown. Featured speakers include Paul Tomaszewski, MB Rolland Distillery; Kristen Meadors, director of governmental and regulatory affairs, Kentucky Distillers Association; and Hillbilly Stills, Barlow. Sponsored by Kentucky Innovation Network offices at Richmond and Morehead.

·         START IT: Own Your Own Business, Thursday, Nov. 20, 5-7 p.m., Rockcastle Adult Education Center, 245 Richmond St., Mt. Vernon. The free workshop will give participants the basics and present resources available to move an idea to the next step. For more information, contact Yvonne Harrison at or 859-622-7995.

·         The Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce November Business after Hours, Thursday, Nov. 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Stuart Powell Ford Mazda Lincoln, a regional event with Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer chambers of commerce.

The Kentucky Innovation Network at Richmond, part of EKU’s Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology, is housed in the EKU Business & Technology Center. For more information, visit

Published on November 14, 2014

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