Financial challenges facing today's young adults are stifling their entrepreneurial dreams. The results of a nationwide survey published by EY, a professional services firm, and Economic Innovation Group, a policy and advocacy group, suggest millennials' economic hardships prevent them from starting businesses.

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Hopkinsville Community College is hosting an entrepreneurial conference on March 9. HCC Workforce Development Liaison Lea Martin and Kentucky Small Business Development Center District Director Chris Wooldridge speak with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about what to expect.

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The third week of November is Global Entrepreneurship Week and for the second year in Hopkinsville, the Kentucky Innovation Network Office at Murray State University is hosting an Entrepreneur Resource Fair, featuring workshops for those seeking to start a business or help growing an existing business. Loretta Daniel, Director of the regional office stops by Sounds Good to speak with Tracy Ross about the entrepreneurial climate in western Kentucky and the workshops on November 17.

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This fall, Kentucky entrepreneurs will learn how to prepare their ideas and present their work to a group of local investors.

Jonas Neihoff spoke to Kate Lochte by phone about how his marketing firm Socially Present came to partner with the Kentucky Innovation Network in Paducah and offer a workshop and pitch competiton for budding entrepreneurs.  


The Kentucky Innovation Network will host the second round of is annual entrepreneurial pitch competitions this year.  

Similar to the TV show “Shark Tank,” the competitions allow Kentucky entrepreneurs to present their business ideas to a group of local angel investors, who provide capital for startup companies.  

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Anyah Logan is 11 years old. She loves to ride her bike, play with friends and sew for fun. She's also the owner of a tie-dye apparel business in Madisonville and an interactive marketplace online. She wowed the city's 1 Million Cups of Coffee entrepreneur group with a presentation over the summer. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte meets Anyah Logan and her mom Yvonne.


A Metropolis, Illinois-based storage-manufacturing company is relocating its base to McCracken County bringing close to 100 new jobs. 

E-Z Portable Buildings announced that it’s moving its headquarters to the former Essex Wire Plant in West Paducah which has sat vacant for nearly five years. 


The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development has awarded $100,000 in prize money to university students who developed plans for 18 new Kentucky companies.

The prizes awarded last weekend are intended to help identify and support Kentucky's next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.  The largest cash awards went to students whose entries were more fully developed and more likely to succeed. Most of the money can only be claimed as reimbursements after the companies are legally formed. 

From NPR: Millenials tired of low-paying jobs or no jobs at all are creating their own small businesses. Some use the space of already established businesses to work while others stay at home and work from their living room.