NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED! MEDI's mission is to serve as the leading 501c3 economic development organization that impacts communities and economies for improvement through education, entrepreneurship, small, minority,

and women owned business development in Western Kentucky.


For Immediate Release
Friday, June 22, 2012



Henry Snorton, III, CEcD



Idalia Luna






MEDI Partners With USDA Rural Development To Expand Its Small Business Development Services & Service Area And Makes Its First Loan To Expand a Paducah-based Small Business


Hopkinsville, Kentucky. MEDI’s mission is to serve as the leading 501c3 economic development organization that impact communities and economies for improvement through education, entrepreneurship, small, minority and women owned business development in western Kentucky. On Tuesday, May 31, MEDI closed its first loan outside Christian County to Marquita Grant, owner and operator of the Early Learning Academy, located at 1920 N. 13th Street, Paducah, KY (McCracken County). This loan closing was made possible with funding from USDA Rural Development, MEDI’s Micro-Loan Program and Board of Directors’ willingness to help meet the region’s need for additional programs and services for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

                Mrs. Grant opened Early Learning Academy as home-based daycare in 2009. Now, Early Learning Academy is now expanding to a Type I Center, adding five (5) new fulltime, skilled jobs, retaining two (2) and adding almost forty (40) student enrollments for quality childcare in Paducah/McCracken County thanks to MEDI’s Micro-Loan Program. Mrs. Grant says that she feels very blessed and privileged to have been assisted by MEDI and approved for its first business loan outside Christian County. It is amazing that the loan closing was on my birthday! I am honored to see my dream of owning and operating a Type I Center in my hometown come true and to help educate and prepare our children for the future with quality early childhood education.

                Henry Snorton, III, CEcD, MEDI’s Executive Director says, that thanks to its partnership with USDA Rural Development the organization is well positioned and equipped to help improve western Kentucky’s communities and economies by effectively delivering business and entrepreneurial development services for small, minority and women owned businesses. Jonathan White, Linc Government Services and MEDI’s Board Chair says, that the Board is excited about the organization’s new deliverables that answer the call from the region for more business and entrepreneurial development programs and services.

                MEDI was founded in 1989 with the support of TVA, City of Hopkinsville, Christian County Fiscal Court, Hopkinsville’s Human Relation Commission, Hopkinsville Chamber, Christian County Economic Development Council (EDC), NAACP and Movers & Shakers. MEDI has grown to become a 501c3 regional economic development agency that services all small, minority and women owned businesses, entrepreneurs and local and regional governments throughout the Pennyrile, Purchase, Barren River and Green River area development districts. MEDI’s impact services include: business plan development, business startup and expansion services, business startup and expansion loans, including Micro-Loans, small business and entrepreneurial development trainings and workshops, referrals and advocacy, supplier diversity assistance and events, such as being Kentucky’s official host of Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED WEEK OF KENTUCKY), August 5 – 11, 2012. For additional information, contact MEDI directly by calling 270-885-8885 or emailing for more information.


News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Thursday, March 20, 2012)


Henry Snorton, III, CEcD, Executive Director

Ph. 270-885-8885 Fax 270-885-7985





MEDI’s Inaugural Conference for Entrepreneurs, Inventors & Innovators Was a Huge Success Thanks to Key Sponsors, Tremendous Planning, Keynote Speaker Dr. Larry Cox and Practical-based Breakout Sessions for western Kentucky


On Wednesday, March 7, at the Hopkinsville Community College Auditorium Building, MEDI Presents the Western Kentucky Entrepreneurs, Inventors & Innovators Conference sponsored by Murray State University’s Regional Business Innovation Center (RBIC), Hopkinsville Community College, Hopkinsville Chamber, Christian County Cares, PADD and Western Kentucky Workforce Investment Board.


The conference was free and lunch was provided. The goal of the conference was to help to ignite, inform and promote potential and existing entrepreneurs, inventors, innovators and entrepreneurial activity throughout western Kentucky.


One bus full of students from Trigg County High School attended with their teacher, Lori Ricks. Keynote speaker, Dr. Larry Cox, expert in entrepreneurial development and professor at Pepperdine University kicked off the morning after participants enjoyed breakfast, fruit and pastries sponsored by Kroger and coffee sponsored by Starbucks. His topic was “How Entrepreneurs Move the Needle,” mentioning how entrepreneurial success starts with a problem or an idea that leads toward the development of a new or innovative product or service.


Three tracts of breakouts were packed to capacity. The three (3) tracts were: “I Have an Idea,” “Entrepreneurs in Motion,” and “Out of the Box.” Each breakout session helped both potential entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators and those that support them to move forward with process understanding, legal copyright, patent and trademark information from attorney Laura Hagan, funding and technical assistance from organizations such as Murray State University’s Regional Business & Innovation Center and Western Kentucky University’s Center for Research and Development. Christian County Cares launched its newly designed business startup competition, Christian County EI2.


MEDI’s Executive Director and Certified Economic Developer, Henry Snorton, III says “the entrepreneurs conference is what I believe western Kentucky has been longing for…help, knowledge, guidance and information that improves our entrepreneurs success and entrepreneurial environment. We are so excited to be asked by Western Kentucky University’s Center for Research & Development to host next year’s conference in Bowling Green with the Hilltoppers.” Participants’ evaluations also point to the great success of the conference with a vast majority of all the breakout sessions being ranked “Extremely Satisfied or Very Satisfied.” The one overwhelming comment was that participants wanted more time with each of the breakout session presenters, a good sign that 2013’s conference will also be a success.


MEDI mission is to serve as the leading 501c3 economic development organization that impacts communities and economies for improvement using education, entrepreneurship, small, minority and woman-owned business development in western Kentucky.



MEDI, Kentucky State University(KSU), & USDA Rural Development's Partnership Win National Team Award


Excellence in Community Development Work - Team National Winners, MEDI and KSU Recipients

On March 9, 2011 Kentucky State University (KSU) received national recognition for its Rural Entrepreneurial Outreach and Development Initiative from the National Association for Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP). KSU was awarded the Excellence in Community Development Work Team Award for planning and hosting the “Go Green. Make Green Pay!” Business Conference in partnership with MEDI Kentucky and USDA Rural Development.


The National NACDEP Excellence in Community Development Work Team Award recognitions an organization whose collaborative efforts produce outstanding accomplishments relative to scholarly and creative activities, teaching and or research effectiveness. Teams must show evidence of joint planning and implementation by two or more organizations that help to meet community development needs.


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MEDI Director Receives Designation of Certified Economic Developer From the International Economic Development Council


Henry Snorton, III, CEcD, Executive Director of the Minority Economic Development Initiative of Western Kentucky, Inc. and entrepreneur: founder of Mission Vision Partner Consulting (MVP), Kentucky Homemade Candy, LLC and Packing Pal recently earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth...


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