Kentucky Innovation, Gonzeaux #5 — Marijuana & Other Secrets

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Elizabethtown, Kentucky — Friday May 11, 2012, Gonzeaux #5. So, in Kentucky there are two big innovation secrets. Kentucky used to grow a lot of tobacco, they still do, but the new cash crop, increasing in the recession years, is bluegrass state pot. Kentucky grows more marijuana than any state except California – 2 billion dollars worth of weed have been chopped down in Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee.

Kentucky Liquor Company Buys Austin’s Deep Eddy Vodka

SiliconHills

Heaven Hill Brands of Kentucky announced this week it is buying Austin-based Deep Eddy Vodka for an undisclosed amount. The Wall Street Journal in May reported that the Austin-based company was for sale and estimated its valuation at between $165 million and more than […] The post Kentucky Liquor Company Buys Austin’s Deep Eddy Vodka appeared first on SiliconHills.

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Kentucky EClub Pairs with VC Backed Color to Expand the Final Four Experience

Campus Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship students at the University of Kentucky are taking advantage of their schools participation in the Final Four to partner with a hot, well financed ($41 Million from A-List VCs ) photo sharing/joining application maker — Color. Sounds like the University of Kentucky EClub has some serious ideas and a willingness to go after them. via Entrepreneurship Club pairs with smartphone app to bring ultimate fan experience to campus for Final Four : The Kentucky Kernel.

Startup Braidy Industries is Disrupting the Transportation Industry

The Startup Magazine

Braidy Industries is a new aluminum rolling mill in Greenup County, Kentucky. Built on a greenfield site, the Kentucky manufacturing facility will process advanced aluminum materials for the automotive industry. It will employ hundreds of workers from Kentucky and the surrounding states, making an important contribution to the local economy. As a startup company, they have a unique foothold in the automotive industry.

Odis Jones Explains How to Strengthen Your Rural Community’s Economy

The Startup Magazine

Paducah, Kentucky followed this method by constructing an identity that is connected to the Ohio River and its remarkable history. Leaders in Paducah, Kentucky spawned a home purchase program that strived to build an artistic community. Rural communities in the United States are encountering challenges that threaten the overall state of the land and quality of life experienced by the residents.

Sustaining Innovation vs. Disruptive Innovation

The Startup Magazine

Technology amazon Apple Blockbusters brian neese Campbellsville University Clayton Christensen disruptive innovation disruptor EdTech Education Faisal Hoque Kentucky leadership markets Netflix online MBA Pfizer sustaining innovation“Innovation is widely regarded as the single most important ingredient in today’s economy,” according to entrepreneur Faisal Hoque at Fast Company. Innovation not only impacts global economies and business models, but the quality of life of people.

Start Your Business: From Truck Driver to Owner-Operator

The Startup Magazine

There are also restrictions on cargo types in various areas throughout the country, such as the Cumberland Gap tunnel in Kentucky and Tennessee. Entrepreneurship Startup style backup Bookkeeping deliveries Driving fleet management Kentucky leasing Logistics maintenance Management owner-operator payments truck driver trucking vehicle workers

Minimum Wage Boost in Silicon Valley Ups the Cinderella Factor

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

I’d personally like to see Silicon Valley open its doors to immigrants from distant lands like Michigan, Kentucky, Alabama — even Hoosiers from Indiana. Sometimes Cinderella Boys Hit Innovation Holes-in-One. Let’s put politics aside for a moment and pretend the minimum wage is not a party-centric issue. Let’s look at it from a pragmatic perspective if possible.

Carey Smith Launches Unorthodox Ventures in Austin to Invest in Startups with Great Products

SiliconHills

Carey Smith sold Big Ass Fans, the company he founded in Lexington, Kentucky, for $500 million in December of 2017 and then moved to Austin. He bought Lance Armstrong’s 8,800 square foot home near downtown in 2018 and launched Unorthodox Ventures, an Austin-based business incubator and VC firm that invests in innovative companies with great […]. The post Carey Smith Launches Unorthodox Ventures in Austin to Invest in Startups with Great Products appeared first on SiliconHills.

5 Ways To Get Beyond Early Adopters For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m sure Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) might have given a bit more thought to their tag line “finger licking good,” if they had realized that during a later scaling of the business to China, the marketing translation would come out as "eat your fingers off."

Does Your Small Business Need Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

YoungUpstarts

by Veronica Baxter. Perhaps. Statutory workers’ compensation laws are particular to each state, but in general, businesses having employees that are not large enough to self-insure must carry workers’ comp insurance. The number and type of employees triggering the workers’ compensation insurance requirement varies, and each state has different exceptions to that requirement. The Number of Employees You Have Matters.

Build It

Feld Thoughts

During the last few days in Kentucky I was asked some version of the question “how do I get started” a few times. It was usually in the context of “should I write a plan first” or “should I design a full system.” ” Sometimes it was in the context of “I’m having trouble raising money on my idea.”

[ADV] The Dr. Satyabrata Chatterjee Technique – Achieving Medical Success Through Word Of Mouth

YoungUpstarts

He is a leading cardiology expert in London, Kentucky and one of the finest in the state. This made London, Kentucky one of the leading hotspots for people in need of cardiovascular surgery closely following top states like Rochester, MN, and Cleveland, OH among others. Dr. Satyabrata Chatterjee, a leading cardiovascular specialist in London, Kentucky, has moved to a solo career after more than 30 years of providing quality healthcare to Kentuckians.

10 Strategies To Make You A Lucky Winner In Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Colonel Sanders started at a late age to build his chicken recipe into KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken). Did you ever wonder why some entrepreneurs always seem to have all the luck and success, while others never seem to catch a break? As an angel investor, I quickly learned that luck has very little to do with it, and I now look for some personal characteristics and leadership styles that separate the potential winners from the losers.

Alternative Financing for International Sales

The Entrepreneurial Mind

Auburn Leather Company , located in Auburn, Kentucky, manufacturers leather laces for footwear and sporting equipment. i] “Kentucky Lace Company Boosts Sales and Increases Workforce with Ex-Im Bank Financing,” Export-Import Bank of the United States, n.d., ENTREPRENEURIAL PROFILE : Lisa Howlett: Auburn Leather Company.

[Review] Beam, Straight Up

YoungUpstarts

His newly released book, “ Beam, Straight Up “, is an inside look at the family that’s pretty much created the Kentucky bourbon whiskey category, and helped cement the drink as America’s “native spirit” The book looks at the history of how the company came about, the evolution of bourbon, and chronicles the impact the various generations of Beams that has inherited the reins of the company, right down to Fred Noe.

Small Business Calendar of Events

Up and Running

8th Annual Kentucky Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference: The Annual Kentucky Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference (8th KIEC) will bring together distinguished speakers, tech-based economic development practitioners, researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, students and postdoctoral fellows. It’s a new month, and time for a new feature – the Bplans Small Business Calendar.

Funding All Projects on DonorsChoose in Alaska

Feld Thoughts

Or, the time I got a note from Norma Gibson at Carr Creek Elementary in Littcarr, Kentucky. Amy and I just funded all of the unfunded DonorsChoose projects in Alaska as part of the annual DonorsChoose #BestSchoolDay event. As part of the #BestSchoolDay program, your donation is matched. In all of the Alaska projects, Aspect Ventures matched our donation. Huge thanks to Jennifer Fonstad, Theresia Gouw, and team!

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Franchises Finding International Niches

The Entrepreneurial Mind

Kentucky Fried Chicken first came to Vietnam in 1997 through the vision of Singapore entrepreneur and franchisee Tony Chew. ENTREPRENEURIAL PROFILE : Tony Chew: KFC Vietnam. One of the more active regions for international franchising is Southeast Asia. Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar, Brunei, Cambodia and Laos are all seeing rapid growth in American franchise restaurants. One of the most popular franchises is KFC.

[US] [Event] Launch Tennessee’s Southland Conference To Highlight South’s Top 50 Startup Companies

YoungUpstarts

” 50 startups have been selected – representing a broad cross section of the south, with companies from eight southern states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia – to present and compete for the title of “Southland’s Most Innovative Startup” during the conference, with the winner walking away with a US$10,000 prize.

Onward And Upward: Your Relocation For Work Guide

YoungUpstarts

Kentucky. Did your dream job make an offer? It’s everything you want it to be – except it’s in another city, state, or even country altogether. Around 11% of all job seekers in 2018 relocated. The next person to make the big move could be you! Relocation for work is a serious business. In addition to the obvious advantages of the new position, there are social, professional and tax ramifications tied to relocating for a job. It can be exciting as well as stressful.

10 Tips From Entrepreneurs Who Made Their Own Luck

Startup Professionals Musings

Colonel Sanders started at a late age to build his chicken recipe into KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken). Did you ever wonder why some entrepreneurs always seem to have all the luck and success, while others never seem to catch a break? As an Angel investor, I quickly learned that luck has very little to do with it, and I now look for some personal characteristics and leadership styles that separate the potential winners from the losers.

PressIt, An Easy Way To Convert Original Content Into Merchandise

YoungUpstarts

Louisville, Kentucky-based online retailer of stock and user-customized on demand products CafePress has launched PressIt , a simple and effective way for bloggers or small businesses to monetize their original images and other content, by making it simple to put them on products like t-shirts, mugs and tote bags.

10 Ways Successful Entrepreneurs Beat the Odds

Startup Professionals Musings

Colonel Sanders started at a late age to build his chicken recipe into KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken). Did you ever wonder why some entrepreneurs always seem to have all the luck and success, while others never seem to catch a break? As an Angel investor, I quickly learned that luck has very little to do with it, and I now look for some personal characteristics and leadership styles that separate the potential winners from the losers.

10 Survival Strategies From Winning Team Leaders

Startup Professionals Musings

Colonel Sanders started at a late age to build his chicken recipe into KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken). Did you ever wonder why some entrepreneurs always seem to have all the luck and success, while others never seem to catch a break? As an angel investor, I quickly learned that luck has very little to do with it, and I now look for some personal characteristics and leadership styles that separate the potential winners from the losers.

Why All Businesses Should Focus on Preventing Workplace Violence

Transformify - Recruiting

According to Eastern Kentucky University , on average, 18.9 Workplace violence remains a serious concern in all professions. Managers don't receive the necessary training to spot the signs of potential workplace violence. Tragic consequences may result when an unstable employee loses control. Executives in a position of authority should invest the necessary time and effort to reduce the potential for incidents. Some may not think this is necessary.

Depression and Entrepreneurs

Feld Thoughts

It doesn’t surprise me that I feel down and flat as I sit here in the Charlotte, North Carolina airport on my way to Lexington, Kentucky on day 16 of a 19 day trip. Amy and I wrote a meaningful amount about entrepreneurs and depression in Startup Life. Since we finished the final draft a few weeks ago, I’ve given several talks where depression came up as I’ve woven my own experience with depression into the short (less than 15 minute) version of my story.

Cultivating A Culture Of Excellence From The Ground Up

YoungUpstarts

In my first year at Ole Miss, five supervisors and I visited Vanderbuilt, University of Louisville, University of Kentucky and several other campuses. by Jeff McManus, author of “ Growing Weeders Into Leaders: Leadership Lessons from the Ground Up “ The difference between employees who approach their job as drudgery and those workers who enthusiastically contribute isn’t just about work ethic and matching skills to tasks.

6 Texas-Style Business Lessons That Every Entrepreneur Can Take To The Bank

YoungUpstarts

The biggest business – oil – is always negotiated with a good bottle of Kentucky Sour Mash on the table. By Theresa Roemer, CEO of Theresa Roemer , LLC. As author John Steinbeck said “Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word.” And when it comes to business in Texas, you don’t mess about.

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19 Entrepreneurs Share Their Business Goals for 2018

Hearpreneur

We at KYDS LLC (Kentucky **Distillation** Services) are fundamentally changing the science of industrial hemp extracts. In 2018, our core focus will be expanding our footprint locally first here in Kentucky and internationally, and job creation. Thanks to Dr. Pritesh Kumar, Kentucky Distillation Services ! #13- It’s a new year and right after the ball drops, it’s time to go to work.

Last week I traveled with Usher and Matt Ryan

Jeff Hilimire

And then this weekend on my way to the Dome to watch the Hoosiers take on Kentucky, I was on Marta with Matt Ryan (Matty Ice to you Falcons fans). Silly post, but on a flight to London last week I was a few rows behind Usher. Usher was with a full on entourage whereas Matt Ryan (second photo below, hat on) was more like in a scene from the show Entourage, as his boys were pretty loud and had the Marta “cops” tell them to quiet down a few times. Good times. Personal Random

Startup Map & Trends Analysis – September 2012

Gust

However, the states with the highest monthly increase in percentage terms were South Dakota, Kentucky, and Hawaii, also likely due to their small baselines, but yet demonstrating a potentially interesting trend. September’s Startup Map showcases the latest trends in startup profiles created on Gust between September 1 st and September 30 th.

[Review] How To Speak American

YoungUpstarts

Jankowski – a self-declared heartlander, and proud of it – writes that far too many marketers believe that if they’ve targeted the coasts, they’ve got their marketing plans covered; he believes it’s a mistake to engage the heartlands, such as those in the states of Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Louisiana and Kentucky, amongst others, the same way they do with the “more progressive&# people living on the coasts.

Join a conference simulcast near you

Startup Lessons Learned

One of the most important things we do with The Lean Startup Conference is make a livestream of the plenary talks available for free to groups around the world, supporting entrepreneurship communities everywhere. The number of hosts has grown annually, and this year, we have 200+ groups joining us on Monday, December 3. They represent more than 10,000 people total. If you're not attending the conference in person, consider meeting up with one of these groups to watch.

To Be Successful You’ll Need to Shake Hands and Kiss Babies.

Both Sides of the Table

I’m aboard Delta flight 1833 from Cincinnati (actually, Northern Kentucky for what it’s worth) to Los Angeles. It’s Wednesday late afternoon. I had a very enjoyable day in Cincinnati meeting many local entrepreneurs, angels and accelerators. I was here to see one of our LPs (limited partners are the people who invest money in VC funds) called Fort Washington.

[Review] Monster Loyalty

YoungUpstarts

Beyond Lady Gaga’s world famous “Little Monsters”, companies such as Kentucky bourbon maker Maker’s Mark (Maker’s Mark Ambassadors) and Aruba (Airheads) have named their fan communities. Outlandish outfits. Avant garde style. Burlesque performance artist. Mother Monster. Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta to Italian parents, Lady Gaga is probably the greatest pop phenomenon of the 2010s.

7 Entrepreneurs Reveal How They Spend Their Holidays

Hearpreneur

Over the years, themes have ranged from a casino night, to a winter Olympics to a Kentucky derby party. Entrepreneurs and business owners are always juggling a lot of things and when time comes for a holiday sometimes entrepreneurs like to take a break or sometimes they like to catch up on certain projects. Just like everyone has a unique business, their approach to holidays is also unique.

Entrepreneurship and Failure | 50 Brilliant Failures

Campus Entrepreneurship

Harlan David Sanders : Perhaps better known as Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame, Sanders had a hard time selling his chicken at first. Found this great list of 50 successful people who failed before they became great. Really an interesting list and a good reminder for all entrepreneurs and those learning about entrepreneurship: entrepreneurship and failure come together. Thanks to Newmark’s Door for the find.

Congrats to Backupify! A Great Exit Story for the First Company I Ever Backed

This is going to be BIG.

It was written by a guy about my age down in Louisville, Kentucky. Today, Backupify announced that it is getting purchased by Datto. It''s a solid exit to a company that has lots of revs, is growing, and together will form a very formidable player in the data backup space--one that can definitely be a public company in the next couple of years.

Keep Your Secret Sauce Secret

Mike Michalowicz

When is the last time you whipped up a batch of Kentucky Fried Chicken at home? Not the time you tried and nearly burned the kitchen down, the time you actually replicated the Colonel’s sacred original recipe – perfectly? What’s that? You never quite pulled it off? How could you? You didn’t have the recipe. We all know the ingredients of the big food brands – read the label, smarty. But we don’t know the recipe.

Inspirational Speaker, Radio Host & Coach Dedicates His Work to Personal Growth

Hearpreneur

I often tell the story about Colonel Sanders, the founder of Kentucky fried chicken, and how he didn’t make a substantial amount of money until he was 68 years of age. David Essel dedicates his work as a counselor, life coach, author, speaker and radio host to making an impact on people’s lives and helping them to grow. We had the opportunity to speak with David about his services, the positive thinking movement and some of his future projects.

5 Successful Entrepreneurs Who Started Late In Life

Mike Michalowicz

Colonel Harland Sanders, Founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Entrepreneurship is for the young. After all you need energy, stamina, relentless focus, and the most important thing, time on your side. The key to successful entrepreneurship is simply doing it. Regardless of age or circumstance, when the opportunity presents itself, you must go for it. Here are the stories of five “golden year entrepreneurs”, who have effectively made the gold for themselves. Jack Weil, Age 107 d.

You Can Teach an Old Dog, New Tricks ? Just Ask a Senior Entrepreneur!

Small Business Force

Colonel Harland Sanders founded Kentucky Fried Chicken when he was 65. Entrepreneurship is not just the province of the twenty-somethings. When it comes to creating new businesses, it's the "old dogs" who are leading the pack. An entrepreneur at 40? Maybe even 60? And why not? Whether because of an economy that has wrecked retirement funds or just because there's still a lot of gas in the proverbial tank and they're not ready to retire, it's happening more and more, these days.