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May 09, 2022
What happens when life literally takes the legs out from under you? If you are Dawna Scripps, you wallow—for a minute—and then let inspiration take root. As an Art Inc. Kentucky member artist, wit...
May 02, 2022
​Below is a press release regarding Woodforest National Bank’s recent investment into The MET development. For more information, please contact Jonah Brown, President of Marketing. He can be re...
April 19, 2022
Against all odds and at the most improbable time, Ann Carter-Smith went “all in” to launch Face Yourself Day Spa in Henderson, Kentucky. In 2020, at the height of the pandemic, Carter-Smith left b...
April 12, 2022
You might say that Kim Huynh is an accidental entrepreneur. Well maybe, but she’s not letting that get in the way of creating and growing a successful business—The Nail Shop—which opened its ...
March 22, 2022
Art is where you find it, and for artist Kenneth Burney that is everywhere. When Burney was ready to turn his art into a business, Community Ventures was there to help make it happen. From writing a b...
March 16, 2022
When Clarence Jackson and Community Ventures found each other, Jackson, a man in his 70s, was in the midst of a very rough patch in life. Having served as a Marine in Vietnam, the veteran suffered fro...
March 02, 2022
For Paris Zyyon, the dream of owning a business wasn’t just a goal that she set for herself; it was a way to include her family in her plan to create long-term generational wealth. Thanks to a small...
February 04, 2022
Ask any Kentucky artist that has attempted to be juried into the prestigious Kentucky Crafted program and they will tell you that it isn’t an undertaking to be taken lightly. For the artisans affili...
January 25, 2022
The Women’s Business Center of Kentucky—in partnership with WLEX 18 and PNC Bank—has awarded first place in the inaugural Women’s Small Business Jump Starter Kit Contest to V&M Aesthetics,...
January 14, 2022
Community Ventures’ long-running success helping Kentucky entrepreneurs launch successful small businesses has netted them the Kentucky Small Business Administration’s Microlender of the Year awar...
December 03, 2021
For 54-year-old Paul Gabehart, an entrepreneurial spirit first manifested back in 2001 when he realized his favorite hobby—sand carving—could be turned into the profitable business of engraving. S...
December 03, 2021
The entire time that Tia Chancellor was working as a police dispatcher in Harrodsburg, KY, she was dreaming of the day that she could open her own business doing what she loved—baking—utilizing re...
November 23, 2021
What do you get when you combine equal parts drive, dedication, and hard (VERY hard!) work mixed with large dollops of kindness, family values and a heart for others? You get Bridget Hicks’ vision f...
October 25, 2021
Is it possible for lives on completely different trajectories—and in fact lived in different centuries—to make a connection? It would seem so. Early life for equine sculptor and jewelry maker Step...
October 18, 2021
For nearly her entire working life, the 70-year-young Alane Goldstein has worked for non- or not-for-profit organizations. It is just part of what makes Alane…well…Alane. “I like community ser...
October 01, 2021
Everything about the Four Pegs Smokehouse and Bar screams ‘a crazy good time will be had here!’ and that includes the logo, website and social media feeds. And no doubt, that is the feeling that o...
September 21, 2021
Something about the tiny Bourbon County, Kentucky town lit a fire in Kevin Smith, President and CEO of Community Ventures. One can tell when talking to him that it went much deeper than wanting to sal...
August 03, 2021
When Ronda Wise and her sister, Jenny Hutchins, came up with the idea for their intimate apparel shop Come Hither Boutique in 2018, there really was no ‘Plan B.’ Wise, a single mom, had been downs...
July 20, 2021
When serial entrepreneur Emad Barsoum initially approached his local bank for funding to get his original restaurant concept—Las Maria’s Mexican Grill—off the ground, the bank turned him down fo...
July 15, 2021
“I am operating today under the name Auto Shadez as well as the original Elaborate Detail,” laughed owner Chris Williams, “because A before E in the search engines, right?” It is simple thin...