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Entrepreneurs to hone skills for Shark Tank-style event

On September 1, Paducahs Kentucky Innovation Network and Socially Present are partnering together to host a new type of event for Paducah called Small Town Big Idea Pitch Competition. The event will offer a workshop series to help entrepreneurs prepare for a final competition based on the hit television show, Shark Tank.

Over the next four months the Paducah Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network and Socially Present will conduct four workshops, one a month, with classes focused around four areas: product, people, process and profit.

The first workshop in the series will be held September 1 (product), with the following workshops held November 3 (process), October 6 (people), and December 1 (profit). All workshops will be held in the Emerging Technology Center on the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

The Small Town Big Idea Pitch Competition will walk entrepreneurs through the process of building and perfecting a business presentation. From initial idea to completion, the workshops will guide participants through all the steps that it takes to make a business successful. The final step will be presenting their idea at a Shark Tank-style competition.

The winner, to be announced in early January, will receive a cash prize and a wide scope of services from event sponsors including legal, accounting, consulting, IT support and marketing services.

Whether you are a part time inventor or long time business owner wanting to launch your next product line, this seminar and workshop series will inspire and equip you with the tools for success, said Dan Lazarevic, Kentucky Innovation Network director for the Paducah office.

Cost for the workshops is $25 each or save by paying for all four classes in advance for $75. Participants can sign up for the workshops at or call the local Kentucky Innovation Network at 270-201-2361.

The Kentucky Innovation Network is a network of business leaders and mentors that encourage relationships, grow companies new and existing, and create jobs. The Network, managed in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, consists of 13 offices throughout Kentucky. West Kentucky Community and Technical College is the local partner for the Paducah office.