LOCATION: We will be meeting at the Central Bank, 350 West Main Street, Richmond, KY for our meetings (Jan-Nov). The meeting starts at 7:00pm, but come at 6:30pm to network beforehand.
The Chick Chat Agenda
1. Introduction of Guests & Members: All in attendance will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and their businesses to the group and the speaker. This is a great way to 'break the ice' to initiate an evening of successful networking.
2. Speaker of the Month: Tonita Goodwin, Executive Director of the Richmond Industrial Development Corporation and Danny Isaacs, Director of Economic Development of Berea KY
Economic Development in Madison County
About the Presentation:
We will hear how both cities in Madison County are working to support, expand and grow local businesses including Small Business Owners. We'll hear about (1) the years' efforts to promote economic development, (2) how small business can engage with local government efforts to expand and grow their business, and (3) how we can get involved to make our local small business development more successful in our county.
About the Speakers:
Tonita Goodwin has been named Assistant Director for the Kentucky Innovation Network at EKU.
The Kentucky Innovation Network is part of a unique and dynamic partnership to facilitate the development of start-ups and to assist growth oriented businesses. It is managed in partnership by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, the Kentucky science and Technology Corporation and Eastern Kentucky University.
The Kentucky Innovation Network Center at EKU primarily supports a 13 county area which includes Mercer, Boyle, Garrard, Madison, Clark, Powell, Estill, Lee, Casey, Lincoln, Rockcastle, Jackson and Owsley counties. Tonita brings over 28 years of experience operating a small business.
For the past 3 ½ years, Tonita has been the Executive Director for the Richmond Industrial Development Corporation and prior to that she had a successful 28 year career in selling real estate in Madison County and central Kentucky. Her experience with Economic Development and operating a small business will be very beneficial in her new role with the Kentucky Innovation Network.
Tonita currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Association for Economic Development and was appointed by Governor Beshear to the Kentucky Chemical Demilitarization Citizens’ Advisor Commission and Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board. She has served as Director for the Richmond Chamber of Commerce where she is still active with the Economic Development Committee and several subcommittees. Tonita has also served as President and Director for the Madison County Industrial Management Club and was a part of the Charter Class of Leadership Madison County.
Tonita is a 1980 graduate of EKU with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration and has lived in Richmond since 1976.
Danny moved to Berea in 2001 to attend Berea College where he received his degree in Business Administration. He has lived in Berea ever since, and recently became the Director of Business Development for the City of Berea. Prior to working with the City, he spent ten years making small business loans, and supporting the development of businesses throughout South Eastern Kentucky. With a primary focus on community economic development his experiences allowed him to think of place based strategies that could lead to development for communities with limited resources. In addition to making loans and providing one on one services, Danny is also a certified FastTrac facilitator. Every fall he leads a new group of budding entrepreneurs through a ten-week journey teaching them how to take a business idea and turn it into a business reality.
3. Organization Updates: Updates and News from the President, the Treasurer, the Secretary, as well as committee updates from Membership, Community Outreach, Scholarship and Communications.
4. Other News: Announcements and updates.
The President, Joyce Green will introduce and welcome any new members. And she will announce any news or updates for upcoming events, changes or community news.
5. NETWORKING AFTER THE MEETING: Stay after to meeting and get to know the other Business Babes. Its a great way to network with other business owners, pass out your cards, fliers and/or promotions to the members & visitors.
- Marilyn Chapman, Touchstone Crystal
- Amanda Bischof, BBS Treasurer & Celeste Gabbard Byrd, Mary Kay
- Nancy Wray, Hairmasters Salon & Spa
Non-Profit of the Month:
- Hospice Care Plus of Madison County; http://hospicecareplus.org/
Thank you to our Meeting Sponsors. If you'd like to sponsor a future meeting, EMAIL BUSINESS BABES