ECTC, innovation center to host entrepreneurism expo

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By Marty Finley

An entrepreneurism class at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College has logged hours developing a project that will place successful local entrepreneurs in the same room together.

The class, in conjunction with the Lincoln Trail Innovation Center, is hosting the Entrepreneurism Expo from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in room 303 of the Occupational Technical Building on ECTC’s campus.

Jim Fugitte of Wind Energy Corp.; Dana Bowers, founder of iPay in Elizabethtown; Kevin Shurn of Superior Maintenance; Elizabethtown Councilwoman Edna Berger of Berger Tires; and Mo Miller of Stoneworks are slated to speak.

The expo is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served, including cupcakes, cookies and a sandwich tray, according to a news release.

Aaron Pennington, a student in the class, said his classmates spent weeks on the project, delegating teams dedicated to marketing and drafting a list of local entrepreneurs for consideration. The class also designed a logo for the event.

Pennington said the class not only wants the public to hear stories but the hurdles and obstacles entrepreneurs have overcome to carve out a successful place in the business world.

Anthony Slone, an associate professor at ECTC and class instructor, said the class discussed each individual selection and considered the diversity of experiences when narrowing the list to the final five. At the same time, they spent hours inside and outside of the class crafting the expo.

“Needless to say, the students have worked very hard on this,” Slone said. “I’m very proud of them.”

The project counts for a quarter of a student’s overall grade and is a slight departure for the class as a way to engage the public, allowing the class to interact with entrepreneurs, Slone said.

Pennington said he has aspirations of becoming an entrepreneur himself and is excited to hear each individual speak to glean insight from them. He said it was daunting to align the schedules of the speakers because they run thriving businesses with hectic schedules, but the hard work has proven rewarding.

“It’s been hard and there have been challenges,” he said. “It’s just been a huge learning experience.”

Slone said the public should consider attending the expo because it is a rarity for the community to feature a free event loaded with so many thoughtful and accomplished entrepreneurs.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.