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Kentucky Leads Nation in New Business Creation, According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Press Release Date: Thursday, January 16, 2014
Contact Information: Kerri Richardson, Terry Sebastian 502-564-2611

Recent Graduate, Now ICC Client, Launches Body-Warming Product

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Sometimes sports offer more than a recreational diversion for college students.

In the case of Dwaine Evans Jr., his participation on the Eastern Kentucky University paintball team in 2009 led to the invention of a soon-to-launch, patent-pending product.

EKU alum launches KickStarter campaign Sept. 18

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While a student at EKU, Dwaine Evans started his own company. Now an alum from Ashland, Evans is  initiating a campaign to raise funds and awareness of his new venture, Podz Gear.

Smith receives NBIA Certification

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Kristel S. Smith, Executive Director of the Innovation & Commercialization Center at Eastern Kentucky University (ICC@EKU), a program funded by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development in partnership with EKU and Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation has completed her requirements for certification by National Business Incubation Association. Ms.

Economic Development Cabinet Creates Office of Entrepreneurship

Lexington, KY – The Cabinet for Economic Development has created the Office of Entrepreneurship within the Cabinet’s Department for Business Development in an effort to streamline and bolster business development in the state. The office will aim to help businesses at every step of the growth cycle, according to a release from Gov. Steve Beshear’s office.

Smith appointed to the Commission on Small Business Advocacy


Kristel Smith, Executive Director of EKU's Innovation and Commercialization Center, has been appointed by  Gov. Steve Beshear to serve on the Commission on Small Business Advocacy. Smith, whose term will expire Aug. 22, 2016, will represent the 6th Congressional District.

Online Language Learning Business Takes Shape in EKU Business Accelerator

Brian Ragsdale

Want to learn the basics of a foreign language on your own time, at your own pace, in your own way and at minimal cost?

A new business taking shape in Eastern Kentucky University’s business accelerator might be your answer.

Community Ventures Corporation on EKU Campus One Day Each Month

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Community Ventures Corporation (CVC) is now visiting the Eastern Kentucky University campus in Richmond one day each month to help entrepreneurs and homeowners start and grow their own businesses and move into their own homes.

Governor announces expansion, rebranding of entrepreneurial program

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2012) — Kentucky’s entrepreneurial community received a boost Thursday with the unveiling of an expanded and rebranded program designed to provide free business services to innovative start-up companies.

ICC Director Selected by Governor for Minority Business Council


Kristel Smith, executive director of the Innovation and Commercialization Center, has been named to the Minority Employment, Business Affairs and Economic Development Council by Gov. Steve Beshear.

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