In a family accustomed to using medicinal herbs and making soap, it was a natural way to reduce the symptoms of dermatitis and ease issues with sensitive skin. Then it expanded to gifts for family and friends. Now, it is a family business.            Positive Attraction Soaps in Lee County has online sales for dozens of …
Kentucky Highlands Innovation Center helps local entrepreneurs and business owners grow, meet and collaborate. What does success look like? How about three tenants needing more space – all in the same year! Inquiry Technologies (InqTech) and PrivateLabelLawyer.com moved into bigger space within the center, and Symbiosis Media Group relocated to downtown London. Inquiry Technologies InqTech received a grant …
The new owners of Somerset Pet Lodge don’t fit the traditional mold of business owners. Drew Miniard is just 24 years old. He formerly was the inventory manager for guns at The Castle Jewelry. His fiancée, Callie LeMaster, is 25 and previously worked as an entomologist for a company that was funded by the CDC …
Small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout Kentucky Highland’s service area recently took advantage of a unique opportunity to expand their digital presence. Since Summer 2019, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation participated in the first large-scale national rollout of Empower presented by GoDaddy in association with AEO (Association for Enterprise Opportunity). GoDaddy GoDaddy is the world’s largest online service …
Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation continued its tradition by supporting this year’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) presented by the Center for Rural Development along with Eastern Kentucky University. 25 Students participated While the 2020 ELI was conducted virtually, there was no difference in the innovation and effort put forth by the 25 highly motivated students selected from Southern …
Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation (KHIC) has created an innovative training series to help emerging and existing entrepreneurs and housing contractors living in rural counties of Southeastern Kentucky start or expand their businesses. With support from the U.S. Small Business Administration, KHIC is launching the inaugural “Business Builder Basics” training series. For no charge, entrepreneurs and small business …
More than 25,000 jobs created or maintained; $423 million in direct financing  SOMERSET –Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation celebrated its 50th anniversary at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset on Monday, October 22, 2018. Kentucky Highlands, formed during the War on Poverty in 1968 to stimulate job creation and economic investment, has helped create or maintain more than …
After an in-depth field study, landscape design students from the University of Kentucky discussed their analysis of downtown Manchester, Kentucky in a recent meeting. Their study included recommendations for building restoration, traffic flows, parking and community gathering locations. Downtown revitalization has been shown to spark renewed interest in civic engagement, promote small businesses and improve …
Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation has long been a champion for small businesses and entrepreneurship throughout eastern Kentucky. In support of those efforts, Kentucky Highlands recently worked with the South Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to locate an office in the Kentucky Highlands Innovation Center. Kevin Norvell, South Central SBDC director spoke to the benefits this …
Technology allows Kentuckians to showcase their products to the world and brings the world marketplace to Kentucky products – if they have high-speed Internet access. Creating a homegrown entrepreneurial culture can’t exist without it. That’s why the British government has declared that its citizens and businesses will have a legal right to high-speed broadband by 2020. And …
For many counties in the region, out-migration is a problem. Owsley County is hoping that nurturing local entrepreneurs will not only create more businesses, it will create more employment and people will come back to the county. That’s where initiatives like the Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities (E2C) come in. People want to start businesses but need direction …
CrossFit HardCharger – located on Dormitory Street in London, KY – is a personal fitness center that offers personal training and nutritional services to their members. The gym is owned and operated by Jacob Floyd, a Laurel County resident. Born and raised in London, Kentucky, Jacob Floyd played football at North Laurel High School as well …
Over the decades, there have been countless conferences and meetings focused on bringing more jobs to the Appalachian region of Kentucky. This past fall, the Kentucky Highlands Promise Zone and SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) decided to take a new approach: If faith can move mountains, then why can’t it create jobs? That question led to …
LONDON, KY – Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation today announced the expansion of its partnership with the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund and Grow Appalachia for the SOAR Small Production Loan Fund. A new $200,000 grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund will provide $175,000 to KHIC to recapitalize the loan fund and $25,000 for Grow Appalachia to …
To Help Rural Communities Attract/Retain Future Leaders May 16, 2016 LONDON, KY - As a component of their “Next Generation: The Future of Rural Arts and Culture Placemaking” initiative, Art of the Rural (AOTR) and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) today announced the formation of a Kentucky working group to help rural communities attract and retain …
PINEVILLE, KY – A USDA loan, along with strong partnerships among Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, First State Financial and Pineville Community Hospital, have saved more than 300 jobs and created 12 new jobs at the hospital. Local, state and federal officials celebrated this achievement today as they announced a $3.1 million USDA Business and Industry Guaranteed …
LONDON, KY – Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation received a $10,000 grant from the Berea College Appalachian Fund to create the Promise Zone Federal Grant Procurement Mentoring Pilot Program. The program is designed to build the capacity of grant writers and increase their success in securing federal funds for their communities. It will create a mentoring network …
LONDON, KY – More than $223 million in funding has been announced in the eight-county Promise Zone since its designation two years ago. That means programs in Bell, Harlan, Letcher, Perry, Leslie, Clay, Knox and part of Whitley are seeing greater investments in areas such as online learning and other education initiatives, workforce training, business financing, …
LEXINGTON, KY – Community Ventures, FAHE, and Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation announced today that they successfully closed on a total of $40 million in bonds as part of the United States Treasury Department's CDFI Bond Guarantee Program. Only seven community development financial institutions (CDFIs) closed on the multi-party bond, and three of them are in Kentucky. With …
First six SOAR production loans announced Farms in Clay, Laurel, Lincoln, Madison, Wayne, Whitley counties receive funds LONDON, Ky. – Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation today announced the first six recipients to receive loans from the SOAR Small Production Loan Fund, which helps small producers grow healthy, nutritional foods that they can move into commercial production. “This fund will …
LONDON, KY – In just 18 months, more than $200 million in funding has been identified for projects in Kentucky’s Promise Zone consisting of Bell, Harlan, Letcher, Perry, Leslie, Clay, Knox and most of Whitley counties. The funds come from a combination of federal grants, private foundations, federal loans, private investments and other sources of money …
LONDON, KY – Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation and Grow Appalachia announced today the creation of a low-interest loan fund for small farmers in 54-county SOAR region of eastern and southern Kentucky. The fund was established with support from a $200,000 grant through the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy. The SOAR Small Production Loan Fund will help …
MONTICELLO, KY - Local, state, and federal officials gathered today in Wayne County with community leaders and families to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Mutual Self-Help program, which will built its 50,000th home this year nationwide. Kentucky Highlands Community Development Corporation’s Self-Help Housing Program has assisted 26 low-income families in Wayne and Clinton counties buy …
MANCHESTER, KY - Entrepreneurs in rural areas typically face larger obstacles than their urban counterparts because funding, technical assistance and advising are scarce. But one family business in Clay County has been selected to participate in a national program at Babson College, which U.S. News and World Report has ranked as the top business school in …
LONDON, KY — Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses announced today that Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation was selected as one of 24 mission-driven small business lenders to participate in the Small Business Finance Collaborative. This unique and intensive technical assistance program is designed to increase small business capacity in lending in …