How$martKY Powers On

The Kentucky Public Service Commission announced some big news on August 26, granting permanent status to a 2-year pilot program which provides on-bill financing for energy efficiency upgrades for homes and businesses.  Titled How$martKY, it’s the first of its kind to get such approval in the state of Kentucky. Operated by the Mountain Association for Community […]

Building Back a Forest

In Appalachia, the total area of surface mined land is estimated to be around 1.5 million acres.   Much of this land is non-forested and unused.  But the American Chestnut Foundation and Green Forest Works are two organizations developing an innovative approach — planting hardwood trees including the threatened American Chestnut — for making these vast […]

Building Businesses with Bee-Keeping and Paintballs

What do an eastern Kentucky bee-keeper and a paintball entrepreneur have in common? Well, they’re both small business owners! And on a sunny evening in mid May, just outside of downtown Hindman, these two came together with others to learn more about how to make their ventures a financial success. The evening marked the first of four […]

Healthcare Reform Helps Entrepreneurs

While small business owners are key to building the local economy here in the mountains, not being able to afford health insurance is a huge challenge faced by many. The Affordable Care Act – some call it “Obamacare”- will offer tax credits for businesses with less than 25 employees to help with the cost of […]