Virtual event to showcase Black-owned businesses

A virtual event designed to inspire entrepreneurship and highlight local Black-owned businesses is Nov. 18.

Hosted on teleconferencing service Zoom, the Building Brilliance Through Black Businesses event will feature three black business owners from the Hardin County area.

The event is made possible through a partnership between the Cen­tral Region Innovation and Commercialization Center, Hardin County Cham­b­er of Commerce and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. Begin­ning at noon, the event is free and open to the public.

Over the past 17 years, the Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center often has worked with the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce and ECTC to present programs benefiting entrepreneurs in the region. Past programs have included Shark Tanks, entrepreneurial summits and venture club support.

Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center Director Lisa Boone said the event correlates with Global Entrepreneurship Week — Nov. 15-21. She said since many in-person networking events were canceled this year amid COVID-19, she hopes the virtual event will inspire entrepreneurship in the community.

“A word of inspiration from these accomplished business owners might just inspire someone to take that leap into starting their own business,” Boone said.

The event will feature Michelle Harmon, co-owner of Radcliff business Family Fun Cafe and Ice Cream; Tiana Waters, co-owner of Elizabethtown franchise Waters Edge Winery and Kevin Shurn, owner of Eliza­bethtown business Superior Maint­en­ance Co. and a founding member the local Lincoln Trail Venture Group.

“We sought out local successful business owners that represent very different avenues of entrepreneurship,” Boone said,

Each featured business owner will be given 10 minutes to speak, followed by five minutes designated to answering questions from event participants. Between each speaker, information will be shared on available support for area startups.

“We think people can expect to be inspired and to walk away from this session with knowledge about how to go about starting their own business and with the assurance that there all loads of people right here in the community standing ready to assist them,” Boone said.

To register for the event, go to or scan the QR code below from your phone.

Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-505-1746 or

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Can’t wait for the white owned business article to be printed. Or do you not believe in diversity?

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