Ray Hagerman, MHCEDC President
"When nothing is owed or deserved or expected
 And your life doesn't change by the man that's elected
 If you're loved by someone, you're never rejected
 Decide what to be and go be it." – Avett Brothers
One of the freshest voices in music in the last few years in my humble opinion is the Avett Brothers. The above lyrics come from their song, Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise, and this song seems tailor made for the times in which we live.
Three things jump out at me from this verse that are words to live (and do economic development by), here and elsewhere.
1 – No one owes us anything and we don’t expect to be taken care of. We do just like every chaser of the American Dream has done.

Let’s get creative, work hard and go make it happen.

2- The election is over. Joe Biden is our President. If you’re happy with that, then be glad. If you aren’t, then use the democratic process and legally work hard to change that in the future. Either way, time marches on and we have to do our best for our family, our community and ourselves. Actually, our day-to-day lives change very little based solely on who our President is.

Let us dial down the conversation and dial up the perspiration.

3- Whether we want to admit it or not, tough times have existed since time began. There have been wars, famines, pandemics (I hate even using the “p” word), depressions, recessions and everything in between. Tragedy and sadness have taken their toll on us in 2020, but tough people are built for tough times. I know enough Hopkins County people to know how tough and resilient we are. We can do this. Let us put our boots back on, get smart and get busy.

“Decide what to be and go be it.”

I hope 2021 is a great year for all of us. 
The Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit Program (KSBTC)
Your company may be eligible for a substantial tax credit just for doing what successful businesses do – grow!
It’s simple. The Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit program offers between $3,500 and $25,000 per year for small businesses that have:
  • Hired and sustained at least one new job in the last year
  • Purchased at least $5,000 in qualifying equipment or technology
Looking for resources to help you or your business during COVID-19? Take a look at our COVID-19 Hopkins County Resource site to keep up with updated forms and information regarding PPP, EIDL and other assistance/grants. Here you'll also find links to many other community resources for you business.
Brandon Buchanan, Director of Making
Having never really been creative when she was younger, Kentucky Movers and Makers member Katie Doran, owner of MadCity Crafts, has really stepped into her element as a maker and creative in Hopkins County. 
Since opening her business, she said her favorite part is spending time with others while creating. 
“I have to force myself to craft alone, it's more of a chore then but get a group of friends or even strangers together and watch ideas, laughter, and joy float around the room,” she said. “Those are the best times.” 

Doran said Kentucky Movers and Makers helps support and encourage small local businesses and brings people together for good fellowship with the classes offered here.
“Kentucky Movers and Makers has provided me the tools and resources I only dreamed of a year ago,” she said. “I'm excited to see how they grow in our community and become a place where people come together to share ideas and good times.” 

The best advice she said she can give a new maker is to let go of any expectation. 

“Live in that moment of being creative and find the joy and freedom in it,” Doran
said. “Mistakes can be painted over or touched up, and if it really does turn
out terrible, so be it, the next project will be better, but you'll always
remember that time you spent creating this one.”
Check out our website: www.kentuckymoversandmakers.com
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Contact Us:
(270) 821-1939
Ray Hagerman, President - [email protected]
Ruthann Padgett, VP Operations - [email protected]
Melanie Tapp, Business Relationship Director - [email protected]
Brandon Buchanan, Director of Making - [email protected]