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Tammy Horn featured in The American Chestnut Foundation

Squash bees, important native pollinators

In 2008, Tammy Horn began to work with coal companies, Eastern Kentucky University, and the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative to create Coal Country Beeworks, a multi-service entity establishing more pollinator habitat on surface mine sites.

EIEA Collegiate Business Concept Challenge invites business ideas for competition

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The EKU College of Business and Technology, The Center for Rural Development, the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, Berea College Entrepreneurship for the Public Good, and Lindsey Wilson College announce the 10th Annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Collegiate Business Concept Challenge.

Tammy Horn featured in The American Chestnut Foundation

Bee hives managed by Tammy Horn at Chavies, Ky, a site that has been reforested

Born in Leslie County, Kentucky, my grandfather Ted Hacker valued two natural resources above all: American chestnuts (Castanea dentata) and honey bees (Apis mellifera mellifera—Italian).

Small Business Development Center Wins Statewide SBDC “Traveling Trophy”

SBDC Business Coordinator John Preston (left) and Director Michael Rodriguez sho

The traveling trophy won’t be traveling, after all.

For the second consecutive year, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at EKU claimed the hardware for its performance and productivity.


EKU SBDC Success Story: Hephzibah's Boutique

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A new retail clothing store just opened in the Somerset Mall in Somerset, Ky. Hephzibah's Boutique is owned and operated by Judy Chanthalangsy. She is originally from Chicago, Il., and is a local optometrist in the Somerset area.

EKU SBDC Opening Monthly Office in Corbin

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The Eastern Kentucky University Small Business Development Center (EKU SBDC) has partnered with the Corbin Economic Development Agency and the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce to open a monthly office in Corbin, Ky.


Honoring excellence in entrepreneurship - Grace Community Health Center

Michael Stanley, left, accepts a framed certificate in recognition of Grace Comm

GRAY, Ky.— Grace Community Health Center—winner of the 2012 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards (EIEA) —was recognized as one of the region’s top entrepreneurs at an EIEA Hometown Event in Knox County.

New Program Brings Artisans to Market

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Kentucky is home to more than 6,700 arts related businesses that employ 24,400 people - nearly four times as many as Toyota or Ford. The arts are a big business in Kentucky and the Kentucky Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) is working to grow that business with an exciting new program - Access to Market (ATM).

EKU SBDC Success Story: John's Automotive Repair

John Maxie, owner of John's Automotive Repair, had always wanted to own a garage. After three years of working for an auto repair business, the opportunity to purchase the business became a reality. Maxie jumped at the chance.


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