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'There are a ton of resources available': Minority Business Expo back in-person at Central Bank Center


More than 500 businesses and individuals from our area are already registered to participate in the city’s most inclusive business networking event, which is celebrating 20 years. Here's a preview of this week’s Lexington Bluegrass Area Minority Business Expo.

From lemonade stand to Fortune 500, MBE co-chair Tiffany Masden says minority and women entrepreneurs of any level will get help developing their business.

"Whether they’ve started it or not. We want them to be motivated, we want them to realize that there are a ton of resources available to them, to help them get started and to continue to grow. We hope that people come with an open mind, with questions ready to ask our presenters.”
MBE co-chair Tiffany Masden

Jim Coleman, of Coleman Crest Farm, is the keynote speaker. His great-grandfather bought the property after once being enslaved there. Coleman has been a governmental and corporate leader in places like the New York State Senate and Pepsi Cola Company.

“It’s one of the few still-operating Black-owned farms here in Lexington. His produce is sold locally to local restaurants. He’s really involved in educating young folks about agriculture—he recently made a large donation to the University of Kentucky for that purpose. So, we’re excited to have him.”
MBE co-chair Tiffany Masden

In addition to UK, Coleman has partnered with Kentucky State University to preserve Coleman Crest as a teaching farm. He’ll share the stage with Chelsea Ellis-Hogan, bestselling author and third-generation owner of Jim Reynolds Asphalt Contractor in Louisville. Breakout sessions include one titled “Learning How to Create Multiple Streams of Income During a Recession.”

The Minority Business Expo will be in-person for the first time in three years at Central Bank Center, Thursday evening from 5:30 – 7:30 and all day Friday. Register at lexingtonmbe.com.

Bitten by the radio bug as a teenager, Alan Lytle got his start start more than 30 years ago volunteering in Clermont County, Ohio for WOBO-FM. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Broadcasting from the University of Cincinnati and worked at a variety of radio stations in the Cincinnati market, then made the move to Lexington in the mid-1990s.