Story of the LGEC

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I was inspired to start the entrepreneurship challenge after meeting small business owners across Kentucky.  I marvel at the number of Kentuckians who decided to start their own companies in a variety of industries:  packaging, bedding, marketing, food service, machining, printing, retail, fashion & beauty, micro-brewing, and more.  Owners were young and old, but they all shared certain traits:  passion for their product/service, desire to work for themselves, vision to serve others.  I saw the same excitement among business pitch finalists at Junior Achievement, Idea State U, Young Entrepreneurs Academy, and the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs.  I started this statewide challenge to inspire Kentucky high school students to someday join the ranks of fellow entrepreneurs.  Special thanks to our partners, volunteers and donors for making this challenge a reality. 

Take the challenge and make your vision a reality!

- Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton



“Small business is the backbone of the American economy. It is critical for students not only to learn about and experience entrepreneurship but also for them to see themselves as the next generation of small business owners.”

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton