Alice Lloyd College

Alice Lloyd College Appalachian Entrepreneurial Development Program

With the loss of many jobs due to the decline of Central Appalachia’s coal industry, the region’s poor economy has taken an additional blow. The percentage of working age adults who have jobs is below 30%. Seventy-four percent of all Central Appalachian counties classified as “economically distressed” in the Appalachian Regional Commission‘s 2013 report are located within Alice Lloyd’s 108-county service area.

Alice Lloyd College’s Appalachian Entrepreneurial Development Program has been specifically designed to promote regional economic development by assisting, teaching, and training current and future entrepreneurs. Eighty-three percent of Alice Lloyd graduates return to work and serve in the region, which means that students involved with this program will be ready to have an immediate impact on the region’s economic climate. The College intends for this new and innovative program to be a key factor in battling poverty and job loss in Appalachia, specifically in eastern Kentucky.

The College’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Collaborative Learning will:

  • serve as a forum in which we will bring in experts in entrepreneurial development, as well as civic and political leaders, to help us in our quest to create new businesses and jobs here in the mountains
  • serve as a point of contact where aspiring entrepreneurs and others can get information and assistance
  • encourage partnerships with local and regional businesses and organizations to support community and economic development
  • aid current and new businesses in becoming more competitive
  • encourage the use of technology in creating and making businesses more competitive
  • support and promote community and economic development projects

Young Entrepreneurs
The Appalachian Entrepreneurial Development Program offers many services to the college and surrounding communities that include:

  • entrepreneurship training and workshops
  • business model generation
  • business plan development/consultation
  • research assistance
  • access to area professionals and networks
  • entrepreneurship convocations
  • general/small business coaching and advising

In addition to these services, the program offers many opportunities specifically for Alice Lloyd College students. These are:

  • a minor in entrepreneurship
  • social entrepreneurship retreats
  • business plan/concept participation and assistance
  • Entrepreneurship Club
Click here to find out more about the Entrepreneurship minor at ALC! Also, visit this page to learn more about the entrepreneurship courses we currently offer.

Questions? Please contact:

Rachel Childers, Director of ALC’s Appalachian Entrepreneurial Development Program
Phone: (606) 368-6200


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Upcoming Events


October 2015
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
September 27, 2015 September 28, 2015 September 29, 2015

ALC Blood Drive

Convocation: Entrepreneurship Seminar

September 30, 2015 October 1, 2015

Convocation: Breast Cancer Awareness

October 2, 2015 October 3, 2015
October 4, 2015 October 5, 2015

JBS 1st Quarter Grades Due

October 6, 2015 October 7, 2015

ALC Midterm Grades Due

JBS Science Fair

October 8, 2015 October 9, 2015

JBS Grandparent's Day

October 10, 2015

ALC Alumni Association Meeting

Appalachia Day Homecoming

October 11, 2015 October 12, 2015 October 13, 2015 October 14, 2015 October 15, 2015

ALC Fall Break (No Classes)

JBS Fall Break (No Classes)

October 16, 2015

ALC Fall Break (No Classes)

JBS Fall Break (No Classes)

October 17, 2015
October 18, 2015 October 19, 2015

Alcohol Awareness Week

October 20, 2015

Alcohol Awareness Week

Convocation: Substance/Alcohol Abuse Awareness

October 21, 2015

Alcohol Awareness Week

October 22, 2015

Alcohol Awareness Week

October 23, 2015

Alcohol Awareness Week

Fall Board Meeting

October 24, 2015

Fall Board Meeting

October 25, 2015 October 26, 2015 October 27, 2015 October 28, 2015 October 29, 2015

Convocation: Kunal Mehta

October 30, 2015 October 31, 2015