August 14, 2019

Entrepreneurship is not French for Mark Zuckerburg. It isn’t even French for Elon Musk. The word entrepreneurship is a French-derived word meaning roughly identifying problems and finding venturable solutions. In other words, when we work to solve the world’s issues, w...

June 12, 2019

Throughout southeastern Ohio, West Virginia, and across Kentucky, a series of business incubators, accelerators, makerspaces, and support organizations provide a network for entrepreneurs to start, grow, and expand their businesses. But, does the investment move the ne...

April 24, 2019

In 2017, David Kilroy became the LIGHTS' program's first VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) member. He worked hard, learned a ton, and ultimately got a longer term job out of the experience. In his blog post, David talks about how an entrepreneurial mindset helpe...

February 22, 2019

Recently, a committee of interested community members met to explore the concept of a business incubator in Ironton, Ohio. While discussing some potential downtown locations, they made a decision to test the idea of business incubation services at Ohio University South...

November 5, 2018

According to the Small Business Administration, "(N)early one in ten small businesses in the U.S. is owned by a veteran. Together, they employ nearly 5 million American workers and produce more than $1 trillion in sales every year." Providing resources to the people wh...

October 21, 2018

As a network of 10 Innovation Gateways, LIGHTS partners take many forms. Whether they are higher education institutional initiatives or non-profit organizations, most face advisory board issues and the opportunities/challenges they provide. 

The hope is that a...

June 8, 2018

The first step in trying to win at Startup Weekend Zanesville is to register here. Whether you're trying to win during the Weekend or get an investment for your current business, there are three types of criteria in which you will be judged:

Business Model

How does the t...

May 30, 2018

Editor’s Note: This article was featured in the Athens Messenger during May 7-12, designated as National Economic Development Week by the International Economic Development Council. 

In October 2016, we began a journey to build a new and promising approach to meet the r...

February 22, 2018

Over the past 20 years, I have worked to increase opportunities for entrepreneurs to succeed in rural Ohio, specifically, Appalachia. In fact, many funders like the Appalachian Regional Commission, USDA Rural Development, the Economic Development Administration invest...

December 19, 2017

Last year, property loss due to fire in the United States totaled over $9 billion dollars. Michael Maher founded Three Firefighters, LLC to develop tools that

will help make firefighting safer and more effective while reducing the loss of life and p...

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