How are Fellows chosen?
are identified through a rigorous recruitment and selection process.
Those individuals who are chosen by an independent selection
committee receive a Fellowship valued at $18,000. It covers
the costs of nine 2-3 day seminars (including speaker costs),
international or national tours, meals, lodging and mini-grant
projects. Fellows pay for their transportation to the
seminars. Between seminars, they are also expected to do
homework involving the community and to coach entrepreneurs.
the Curriculum for the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute?
16 month period, the Fellows are exposed to innovative
international, national and regional rural entrepreneurship
leaders, educators, coaches and technical assistance providers.
The seminars are conducted in Kentucky’s tobacco-dependent
region. They are intended to provide skills in entrepreneurial
leadership, coaching and to broaden networking for change.
each seminar is unique, there are seven consistent themes in the
-Visits with innovative entrepreneurs in the
region to expand our imagination and to strengthen our networking
-Integration of local arts – music,
poetry, storytelling – into each seminar to open minds and hearts to
-Required “homework” between sessions
to foster more engaged and effective leaders;
-A focus on assets of the region rather than
deficits or problems. This appreciative approach focuses on
opportunities waiting to be developed;
-Ownership by the participants is
foster through independent committees that focus on areas such as
gratitude, conflict resolution and accountability.
-Commitment. Each Fellow is expected to
attend all nine seminars, including a national educational tour.
They are also expected to coach at least one entrepreneur and to be
involved in regional initiatives to strengthen entrepreneurship.
When they graduate from the program, they are expected to make a
two-year volunteer commitment to foster entrepreneurship in the
-The teaching methodology minimizes the
lecture format and active engages the participants in dialogue.
You Apply to Be a Fellow?
Candidates for the 2009-2010 Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches
Institute must have close ties to agriculture, economic development
or other civic-minded groups in the 22 tobacco-dependent counties of
South Central Kentucky: Adair, Allen, Barren, Butler, Casey, Clay,
Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Green, Hart, Laurel, Marion,
Metcalfe, Monroe, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, Taylor, Warren,
Washington and Wayne.
one applicant per family will be considered by the selection
committee appointed by the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy
and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board and the Center for
Rural Development in Somerset. Besides living or working in
the 22-county area, other criteria that will be considered in the
selection process include:
a commitment to
your community through nurturing small businesses or non-profit
learn and explore new ways of thinking,
personality, and reputation,
participate in seminars and international travel, and
you for your interest in the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches
Institute! Complete applications for participation in the
2009-2010 class of the Institute are due by August 31, 2009.
You may download an application for the Institute online
by mail before the deadline. Please contact Katie
Ellis, Program Coordinator, by phone at 859-227-0911 or by
with any questions that you have about the process. We look
forward to receiving your completed application.
Click here to download the complete application for the
Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute
Click here to download a recommendation form on behalf of
Click here to download an employer consent form on behalf
of an applicant
Fellows visit with entrepreneurs at High Plains
Homestead in Northwest Nebraska. High Plains
Homestead is located 20 miles off of the main road
and has found its niche in the tourism industry.
Fellows stop for a photo outside Mount Rushmore
during the Western US E-Communities Tour throughout
of 2008 the KECI Fellows took a Western US E-Communities
tour that featured entrepreneurship legislation
throughout Nebraska. They are pictured outside the
capitol building in Lincoln, NE with Milan Wall of the
Heartland Center for Leadership Development.
visit with entrepreneurs Bruce and Sue Ann Switzer at
Calamus Outfitters in Nebraska. The Switzers converted
their ranch into an outfitting operation and have been
featured on Rachel Ray for their "Hayfork Fondue"
dinners for guests. The Fellows are pictured outside the
lodge at Calamus Outfitters.