Artisan Entrepreneur Courses

Pikeville, KY – The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) has partnered with the Kauffman Foundation, Pikeville Farmers Market and the Pikeville Cooperative Extension Service to offer regional artisans a half on-site and half on-line course specifically designed for artisans called Artisan-FastTrac. The course will add-value by coordinating discussions where participants hear from guest expert speakers focused on marketing, branding, financial sustainability and diversifying revenue streams. Participants will have access to an online curriculum allowing them to read/view content from any internet connection and then dial into a live discussion session with MACED Facilitators.

Artisans will leave with a creative business toolkit, be able to professionally communicate about their product, and have access to a business support group. FastTrac® facilitators, coaches and course programming will guide you in a process of exploring your ideas and planning next steps. You will gain the tools entrepreneurs need to examine practical aspects of starting or growing your artisan business. During this course, you will:

  • Artisan Business Model
  • Product Photography
  • Digital Marketing and Social Media
  • E-Commerce
  • Booth Design and Setup
  • Branding
  • Diversifying Revenue Streams

The sessions are six (6) weeks on Tuesday (on-site) and Thursday’s (on-line) from 5:30 to 7:30 pm beginning on January 23rd. The first session is an on-site course at the Pikeville Cooperative Extension Office, 148 Trivette Drive, Pikeville, KY. Register at (select the Pikeville class) today to hold your seat or email Regina Becknell at For more information call the MACED Paintsville Office at 606-264-5910.

Big Sandy Heritage Museum Lecture Series – The Hatfields & The McCoys

As a part of this year’s Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days, local history buff Reed Potter hosted an interactive lecture series at the Big Sandy Heritage Museum on the Hatfields and the McCoys. A wide variety of topics concerning the history of the feud was discussed with an interactive dialogue with the visitors.

The Big Sandy Heritage Museum is open each Thursday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and features artifacts from the feud, exhibits on Appalachian culture, and much more. The museum is located behind the historic Pike County courthouse in the Judicial Building on 172 Division St., Pikeville, Kentucky. For more information, call (606) 766-1025.

Lecture Series – The Hatfields & The McCoys Video