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Rainey named Director of Small Business Development Center at EKU


Jason Rainey has been named director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Eastern Kentucky University.

Rainey, a native of Winchester, is no stranger to helping small businesses of the region succeed. Nor, as a business owner himself, is he unfamiliar with the travails that go with the job.

CARES Grants Fund Five Community-Based Initiatives

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Because Eastern Kentucky University CARES:

EKU Kentucky Innovation Network to Host Statewide Pitch Competitions for Aspiring Entrepreneurs logo
Winners will receive cash prizes to start their businesses, gain access to angel investors

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Imagine having 10 minutes to pitch your business idea to a group of investors who could make your dream come true. Sound like a reality show? It is reality, right here in Kentucky.

Author and beekeeping expert Tammy Horn will become Kentucky's new state apiarist


FRANKFORT, Ky. — A nationally known beekeeping authority and author will join the Kentucky Department of Agriculture as Kentucky’s new state apiarist, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announced today.

Tammy Horn of Lexington will assume the post June 1.

Bee-ginning a new Appalachian industry

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Challenges remain, but apiculturists believe Eastern Kentucky can fill growing U.S. demand for honey, wax and bees

By Kristi L. Branham | The Lane Report

Kristel Smith named to advisory board

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Kristel Smith, Exeuctive Director of the Kentucky Innovation Network at Eastern Kentucky University, has been named by the Kentucky Arts Council as one of 12 community leaders and business executives to an advisory board for the Kentucky Creative Industry research study that it commissioned in January.

EKU students receive Future Entrepreneur Executive Award

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Last week, several EKU student teams competed for three slots to represent EKU at the Idea State U statewide business plan and concept competition in the following categories.

Kentucky Innovation Network Center at EKU hosts Business Model Canvas workshop

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Business Model Canvas: Telling the Story

The Kentucky Innovation Network at Eastern Kentucky University will host an interactive workshop that will allow you to describe, design, challenge, invent and pivot your business model.

Scheduled for Wed., March 26, in EKU's Perkins Building...

Economic Development in Eastern Ky. on Eastern Standard

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From the December SOAR Summit (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) to Federal Promise Zones and recent efforts to improve internet connectivity and expand the Mountain Parkway, the region is on the minds of the governor and legislators at both the state and federal levels.

CARES Partners with Ky. Office of Adventure Tourism to Create Trail Town Ambassador Program

The Center for Appalachian Regional Engagement and Stewardship (CARES) at Eastern Kentucky University is partnering with The Kentucky Office of Adventure Tourism to launch the Trail Town Ambassador Program.

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