STARTUP: Family Fun Ice Cream Parlor PROPRIETORS:  Joe and Michelle Harmon With all the talk about startups in our community lately, you might get the idea that this movement is just about companies with venture and angel investments, super-charged growth, and multi-million dollar revenue. Let that stereotype fall from your mind. It just ain’t so.…

Custom College Recruiting – I usually limit the subjects of this column to businesses that have only recently started, say sometime in the last twelve months or so. I made an exception this time because this is a story that needs to be told. It’s a classic story about how personal drive combined with passion, confidence, and perseverance result in successful outcomes…

Who doesn’t love a great success story? It’s companies like this that inspired me to begin this column in the first place. Entrepreneurship can be defined in many ways, but for me, it encompasses a fairly short list of qualities which include a strong work ethic…..

  I’ve got some interesting startups to interview in near future, but while I prepare for those, I thought it would be a good idea to write about the importance of startups in Hardin County. They’re an important part of our national economic infrastructure and they play an important role for our local area as…

STARTUP: Radcliff Electric Supply PROPRIETORS:  David Chandler, Jr. ONLINE PRESENCE:     If this story doesn’t inspire you, you may want to check your pulse. I came across David Chandler, Jr. by chance – a random discussion with a neighbor, who happens to be David’s father, David Chandler Sr. who founded Radcliff Electric Supply over 35 years ago.…

STARTUP: Lost Pounds Fitness & Pet Center PROPRIETORS:  Toshie Singleton-Murrell and Norma Cooper ONLINE PRESENCE:        We often hear about the obesity problem in America, but did you know it’s a problem for pets too? While obesity affects over thirty five percent of our people population, almost sixty percent of pets are either overweight…

STARTUP: Prayer Mountain Mushrooms PROPRIETORS:  Andrew Barnes, Heather Gayler Barnes NOTABLE CUSTOMERS: 610 Magnolia, Lilly’s Bistro, Gary’s On Spring and The Reynolds Grocery Company. ONLINE PRESENCE:    Andrew and Heather hatched their idea for mushroom farming not long after they met, but it wasn’t until 2013 and after years of planning and research they found their perfect setting in Upton and quietly…