west ky ent front

HOPKINSVILLE, KY (3/7/12) - The Minority Economic Development Initiative of Western Kentucky (MEDI) along with other community organizations put the spotlight on entrepreneurship Wednesday.  The Western Kentucky Entrepreneurs, Inventors and Innovators Conference was held at the Hopkinsville Community College Auditorium Building from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event was designed to help those with business ideas get them from concept to reality.  Nationally recognized speaker Dr. Larry Cox was the keynote speaker for the conference.  Cox is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Pepperdine University
Cox opened the event with stories that highlighted the point “anybody can be an entrepreneur.”  He explained how most people don’t know how to teach entrepreneurship.  Cox shared that most entrepreneurs want to develop their ideas right where they live and need to be encouraged by the communities in which they call home.  Cox said entrepreneurs start by finding a problem and coming up with a creative solution that can only be implemented by starting a business.  The key is that the problem must be something that you are so passionate about that it will drive you to “work it forward.”
MEDI’s Executive Director, Henry Snorton III explained that breakout sessions were available during the conference to give attendees more detailed information.  Snorton added, “We wanted to make all of the breakouts hands-on.  This is not an academic session, this is a practitioner session.  I like working from a standpoint of giving someone an opportunity to grow or develop.”  Some of the topics covered in the breakout sessions included:  Is your idea worth pursuing? How to get a prototype to market; and, Understanding copyrights, patents and trademarks.
The Christian County Business Plan Competition was also introduced during the conference.  The contest is designed to stimulate entrepreneurial activity in Christian County.  The deadline for submissions is March 26.  The winner will be announced on June 7 at the Chamber Annual Dinner.  The grand prize consists of $5,000 cash and start-up services valued at over $4,000.  Complete details including online registration can be found at http://entrepreneur.christiancountychamber.com.

west kent ent2

David Bryant
SurfKY News

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Muhlenberg BOE Special Meeting Tuesday

POWDERLY, Ky. (4/27/15) — The Muhlenberg Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 at… Read More

MCCH May 2015 Support Group Dates

MURRAY, Ky. (4/25/15) — Murray-Calloway County Hospital will be offering several support group meetings during the… Read More

Most Read This Week

April 23, 2015 7815

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News
April 20, 2015 5029

Nortonville Woman Charged with Meth Possession at…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 24, 2015 4375

UPDATE: Police Can't Substantiate Injured Man…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 22, 2015 4078

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week – April 22,…

by Hopkinsville – Christian County Crime Stoppers
April 22, 2015 4026

Madisonville Man Accused of Domestic Violence/Rape

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 13259

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 02, 2015 8893

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

April 26, 2015 1156

New Drug Helps Farmer with Parkinson's Return to…

by Laura Dawahare
April 27, 2015 1070

Online Petition Seeking Re­opening of Shanice…

by Samantha Carver, SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 833

Hopkins County Drug War ― Are We Winning?

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 26, 2015 817

White Plains Civil War Festival Provides Learning…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 778

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
April 26, 2015 738

Spring Lawn, Garden Fair Participants Learn from…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 26, 2015 628

College of Education Alum's Studies, Experience…

by Amanda Nelson
April 26, 2015 614

Dave Says - April 26, 2015

by Dave Ramsey
April 26, 2015 601

Legislator's Log - Week of April 26, 2015

by Brent Yonts
April 26, 2015 598

Mother's Day Buffet Planned at State Parks May 10

by Gil Lawson