“Follow not where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
-Dr. Robert Robbins
On Tuesday evening, November 15th 2016, over 100 Hardin County business, political leaders, and influencers converged on Boundary Oaks Distillery to celebrate success. What success was celebrated?
- Elizabethtown-Fort Knox MSA #1 for startups in the country
- Global Entrepreneurship Week
- Startup Garden’s 1 Year Anniversary
- Inaugural Hardin County Entrepreneurial Awards – Winners Announced Below
What is Startup Garden? Startup Garden was created over a year ago by a small group of innovators led by Lisa Boone of the Kentucky Innovation Network. The goal was to create an environment for entrepreneurs, investors, and those interested becoming an entrepreneur or investor to mix, mingle, learn, and thrive. It is apparent that the goal has not only been met; but also, surpassed as was evident during the evening celebrating Startup Garden’s one year anniversary.
“Often wrong. Never in doubt.”
Hardin County Startups Celebrated
The Hardin County Startup Garden Celebration was hosted by Boundary Oaks Distillery and Owner Brent Goodin was the keynote speaker. Brent Goodin shared the Boundary Oaks story and updated us on their success.
Mandy Lambert, the Commissioner for the Kentucky Cabinet For Economic Development attended and shared a few thoughts on entrepreneurship and startup companies in Kentucky.
Dr Robbins was honored during the event as the Hardin County Entrepreneur Of The Year. The award will also be named after Dr. Robbins to honor his legacy and genius as a successful Hardin County entrepreneur.
“Startups are not for everyone. Founders must have tenacity, guts, stamina, bull headedness, and a capacity to learn fast and on the fly.”
Hardin County Startup of the Year (Two Winners This Year)
Rebecca Wheeling Purcell & Bob Purcell
Hardin County Community Impact Entrepreneur of the Year
Kevin Addington was awarded the Hardin County Community Impact Entrepreneur of the Year due to his vision and work in Downtown Elizabethtown. Kevin has done remarkable work downtown and no one deserved this award more then Kevin Addington.
Hardin County Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Phil Taul for Hardin Local
Phil Taul was selected for the Hardin County Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award for creating Hardin Local (yes we are excited).
Entrepreneur of the Year
Dr. Robert Robbins
Dr. Robbins has been one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history of Hardin County not only did Dr. Robbins win the award; but in the future, the Hardin County Entrepreneur of The Year Award will be named after Dr. Robbins.
Hardin County Startup Garden Awards Honorable Mentions – Nominee Finalists
During the award ceremony several of the finalists for each awards were honored.
Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award Finalists – Honorable Mentions
- Keeley Erizer – Vibe Coffee Shop
- David Chandler, Jr. – Radcliff Electric Supply
- Andrew Barnes & Heather Gayler Barnes – Prayer Mountain Mushrooms
Startup Of the Year Award Finalists – Honorable Mentions
The Startup Garden team would like to thank everyone who helped make this celebration a success. Without the countless hours of donated time and money Startup Garden would have never succeeded.
“Half of the businesses employing Americans in 2036 haven’t been started yet.”
Photography by Denise Goodman