Each LIFTOFF cohort completes a rigorous experiential program to prepare them for launching a business in the Central Kentucky Bluegrass region. The first and most essential lesson the cohort learned (and then practiced) was the entrepreneurial mindset. They learned and applied CentreWorks’ Human-Centered Innovation Approach (HCIA) to develop their value proposition. They learned the basics of the business model along with foundational financial, legal, and digital marketing principles. The CentreWorks’ mission includes growing multiple LIFTOFF communities to build a regional innovation and startup culture and to spark new economic development and social enterprise opportunities. Keep an eye on our website for the next LIFTOFF community formation and consider joining.


LIFTOFF Community #1 (autumn 2020)

Join us in congratulating Community #1 and look for these individuals to launch businesses and support others in creating economic and social enterprise opportunities in our region.

Mimi Becker

Serving the arts community

Gina Nicolleti-Bellinger

Intersect — Student leadership workshops & curriculum

@GinaNicBell (twitter)

Megan Berketis

Greek-American delivery and takeout restaurant

Roni Gilpin

Artist assistance and visualization aid to buying original art

Karen Hughes

Far Cry Farms — Gift baskets with an onsite farm shopping experience

Katherine Lander

Platforms for artist to share their work and build business acumen

Margaret Levi

Margaret Levi Jewelry – Jeweled lanyards

Diana Linville

Enrichment space for students

Nancy Mann

Exploring agricultural land use ideas

Melissa Sheene

Mabel’s — Growing and enjoying herbs and vegetables

Kate Synder

Children’s bookstore with artist studio

@willaray_art (instagram)

Susanna Thomas

North Star — Life coaching

Melody Wray

reSOARces — Supporting disabled individuals and their families to employ required assistance

Facebook: reSOARces

Kathy York

York’s Corks and More — Repurposed, upcycled, functional art

A special thank you to CentreWorks’ RCorps student, Adonis Logan, for his role in support and facilitation of Community #1. Also, we are appreciative of the area businesses who supported LIFTOFF with guest appearances from their professional staff: Robinson, Hughes & Christopher Accountants, Sheehan & Barnett Law, Farmers National Bank and the Idea Farm.