Moskalyuk graduated from the program June 15 after attending a week-long session on the grounds of the center in Somerset.
The center selected 34 high-school students from across southern and eastern Kentucky to grow their business and entrepreneurial skills at this year’s session of ELI.
During the week, TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky (TOUR SEKY) president and CEO Jeff Crowe and chief financial officer Michelle King worked with seven ELI teams to develop a business plan for a tourism-related business.
Moskalyuk’s team crafted a business concept for “A Taste of Wonder,” a lodging/restaurant facility decorated to recreate the seven natural wonders of the world.
Each ELI team drew a business idea at random and put together a business and marketing plan, including financial planning and customer service, to get that business up and running.
“This is a great opportunity to showcase our youth the important economic impact tourism dollars play in our economy,” Crowe said. “TOUR SEKY was able to work closely with these students to assist in their business ventures and encourage them to remain in our region to start new businesses.”
The week culminated with the program’s business-concept competition, in which the ELI teams presented their business concepts to a panel of regional business leaders acting as financial lenders.
The winners of the 2012 ELI Business Concept Competition were ELI “Jam Good” team members Savanna Noe, Lee County; Rachyl Harmon, Clay County; Ethan Call, Pulaski County; Madison Lee, Casey County; and Kimberly Brown, Knox County.
Each of the winning ELI team members earned an offer of a Presidential Scholarship from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) in Richmond.
Other ELI teams included “Adrenaline Rush,” an adventure park on Cave Run Lake in Rowan County, voted the “Most Innovative Business Idea” by the panel of judges; “The Big ‘En,” a start-up restaurant on Lake Cumberland; “McCoy Mountain,” a nonprofit organization promoting recreational opportunities to learn more about the Hatfield-McCoy feud; “The Beginning of the Inn,” a start-up company that offers fun and relaxation to travelers passing through Kentucky; and “Southern Soul,” an agritourism business.
For more information about ELI or other youth leadership programs, contact Delaney Stephens, youth-programs coordinator and community liaison for the center, at 606-677-6000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.