Helping New Ideas become Tomorrow’s Businesses

Enjoy this guest blog post from the Kentucky Innovation Network. Mandy Lambert is the commissioner of business development in the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

I hope to see you at the IdeaFestival. Wayne

When provided the right support, great ideas become the foundation of our economy. This spirit of innovation has marked Kentucky for centuries.

  • In 1873, Louisville druggist John Colgan invented chewing gum.
  • The radio was invented by a Kentuckian named Nathan B. Stubblefield in 1892, three years before Marconi made his claim to the invention.
  • In 1934, cheeseburgers were first created at Kaelin’s restaurant in Louisville.

Today, innovators across the Bluegrass State continue to dream up great ideas. That is why the Kentucky Innovation Network is the presenting sponsor of IdeaFestival this year – to help new ideas become tomorrow’s businesses.

Innovation and small business creation go hand-in-hand. IdeaFestival exposes Kentuckians to some of the most visionary ideas in the world. The Kentucky Innovation Network wants to show and help these Kentuckians turn their own ideas into full-scale businesses.

Consisting of 13 offices throughout the state, the Kentucky Innovation Network partners with small businesses to provide the resources needed to start or grow a business. Assistance can range from marketing and sales assistance and small business advocacy and resource referrals, to helping small businesses navigate the variety of financial and incentive program options that can encourage investment and job growth. All services are provided free of charge.

While you’re at IdeaFestival, be sure to stop by our booth. Network directors will be happy to talk to you about turning your idea into a business or taking an already developed business to the next level. And, for the daring and creative, we have some fun activities and opportunities to win prizes. Here’s a hint: you could be a star!

The Kentucky Innovation Network is an initiative of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s Office of Entrepreneurship. Visit our website at

Mandy Lambert