Announcing the Inaugural 2022 Entrepreneurs of the Year Award Winners — Muncie Journal

By Ted A. Baker, CEO/Executive Director, Muncie Innovation Connector, Inc.—

MUNCIE, IN—Since May of this year, the Innovation Connector has been planning and preparing for Entrepreneur Showcase Week in Muncie. As a reminder, this event is unique to the Muncie community, and no other community has attempted anything like this. Entrepreneur Showcase Week consisting of twenty workshops, panel discussions, discussion groups, and networking groups over the course of a week – all at the Innovation Connector facility. Because of our very supportive sponsors, all but one event is FREE.

Why you need to attend part or all of the weather events Entrepreneur Showcase Week? Because there is something that can benefit all entrepreneurs and business owners. I know that most business-minded people consider themselves “life-long learners.” There is always more to learn, knowledge to share, and data to follow. More than fifty Muncie business owners, entrepreneurs, and business leaders will participate as presenters and panelists highlighting topics such as:

  • Creative Marketing
  • Computers, IT, and Security for Businesses
  • How to Start a Business and How to Start/Grow a Restaurant
  • Building a Startup Tech Business
  • Continuing Educational Opportunities for Business Owners
  • Mental Health Awareness and Work-Life Balance
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Bookkeeping and Accounting
  • Starting a Side-Gig
  • Providing an Excellent Customer Experience (from the Disney model)
  • Etc
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Additional sessions include a Tailgate Celebration for all entrepreneurs and business owners, a Women’s Brunch to celebrate International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, and the Opening Kickoff Celebration to kick off Showcase Week at 8 am Monday, November 14. Join us for a Mayoral Proclamation of Entrepreneur Showcase Weekdonuts and coffee with Mayor Ridenour, and the presentation of the Entrepreneurs of the Year Awards.

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The 2022 award winners include a special group of talented entrepreneurs in the Muncie community. Each award winner contributes their success to others who worked with them as their businesses started and grew. So, in the true Spirit of Entrepreneurship, we’re excited to announce the first-ever Entrepreneurs of the Year, and congratulations to each winner.

2022 Technology Business Entrepreneur of the Year

Kurt Harrington, Founder

OEM Combustion Service LLC

2022 Life-Style Business Entrepreneur of the Year

Bernice Elliott

BE’s Beauty Inc. and Elliott Property Rentals

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2022 Restaurant Entrepreneur of the Year

Lynn A. Moore

Cafe at the Crossing

2022 Community-Impact Entrepreneur of the Year

Tiara Hicks

Rosebud Coffee House

2022 Legacy Mentor Award

Peggy Cenova

East Central Indiana Small Business Development Center

Please join us at this Kickoff Celebration to celebrate the winners’ impact on our community. If you plan to attend, RSVP to [email protected] so we can make sure we have plenty of donuts!

Now is the time to celebrate entrepreneurs and business owners. And now is the time to register to attend seasonal events Entrepreneur Showcase Week – go to For more information, contact the Innovation Connector at 765-285-4900 or by email: at [email protected]


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