BY EMMA PEPPER, DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS, THE HUB
Our Hub team member Dan Taylor, program coordinator for the Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities initiative, is penning a new column for the Coal Valley News, a newspaper based in Madison, WV. The column is called Community Matters and it will feature the work of a new community leader each month.
His first column features entrepreneur Donna Elkins:
“Entrepreneurs never fit a mold, there is no cookie cutter way of knowing who they are or might be in your community. They all approach it from a different background, skill set and angle.
Donna Elkins, in Boone County, is one of the more interesting and inspiring entrepreneurs I’ve met in my time coordinating The West Virginia Community Development Hub’s Entrepreneurial Communities program over the past year and some change.
Her story and struggle have already been featured by the Coal Valley News in Phil Perry’s series, “Faces of Coal Valley.”
We learned of how she completed her college degree this past spring at age 50, while taking care of her two grandchildren and how her independent study requirement before her graduation became an arts and crafts show project that took place at the Madison Civic Center in March 2018.
I want to tell you her story since then – the story about how Donna became a community entrepreneur out of both necessity from the need for flexibility, but also out of opportunity with her newfound skill set and an opening in the community for more event planning…”
Check out the full story on Donna on the Coal Valley News site, and we’ll be sharing Dan’s future columns on our blog.