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Rogers Explorers at Eastern Kentucky University – Day Two

We’ve finished the second day of our Rogers Explorers camp at Eastern Kentucky University! Our scholars began their day in their major courses: technology and chemistry. In their technology class, students learned about 3D printing. Wes Brown, a software developer for The Center for Rural Development, discussed the importance and rise of 3D printing in today’s […]


Thank you to all our #ELI17 sponsors

We would like to thank all of our sponsors of our 2017 Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI). Valuable sponsorship’s like these help to make the program possible and impact the lives of our region’s youth. Housing provided by the Courtyard Marriott of Somerset. Meals provided by: Team Modern Donatos Amons Zaxby’s Haney’s Appledale Farm Cracker […]


Apply for ELI

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? The Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) gives you the skills to turn an idea into a fully operational business venture in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. You’ll learn how to take a written concept and develop that concept into a business venture—all while working together as a team. […]


2016 Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) graduating class

Four graduates of The Center’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) offered EKU Presidential Scholarships for innovative business idea An innovative business idea that will give iPhone users a safe, convenient way to charge their phones at night has earned four graduates of The Center for Rural Development’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) an exclusive college scholarship offer […]


ELI 2016 Announced

Twenty-two high school students will build their business and entrepreneurial skills at the 2016 Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) at The Center The Center for Rural Development has selected 22 high school students from Southern and Eastern Kentucky to build their business and entrepreneurial skills at the 2016 Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI). ELI, a week-long summer […]


ELI Winners Recognized with Regions Top Entrepreneurs

Members of the 2013 Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute winning team were recognized on Monday, September 9 at The Center for Rural Development as part of the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards (EIEA) Luncheon. The regional awards program honors business owners and entrepreneurs for their economic success, community contributions, and operational achievements in a business or non-profit organization. Each member of the […]


ELI team earns EKU scholarships

A plan for a tourism-based business drafted by five graduates of The Center for Rural Development’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) program has earned each of these high school students an offer of a Presidential Scholarship from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. Winning team members in the 2013 ELI Business Concept Competition are Blake Blevins, Harlan […]


ELI students tour local plant

Members of the 2013 Class of Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) took a break from writing their business plans on Wednesday to tour Somerset Wood Products Inc. and see how a local manufacturing plant turns raw materials into quality hardwood flooring.


ELI team recognized

Members of the first-place winning team of The Center for Rural Development’s 2012 Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) Business Concept Competition were recognized on Sept. 10 at a luncheon and awards presentation for the region’s top small business owners and entrepreneurs at The Center in Somerset. “Jam Good” team members and high school students Savanna Noe, […]


Youth Programs Reunion

Graduates of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars, Rogers Explorers, and Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) summer youth leadership programs are invited to join their friends for a day of fun, food, and football on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the 2012 Youth Programs Reunion.