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Entrepreneurs hoping to inspire others at minority business expo

Lauren Lake, host of HGTV's Spice Up My Kitchen, will be among the speakers at this year's Minority Business Expo.
Lauren Lake, host of HGTV's Spice Up My Kitchen, will be among the speakers at this year's Minority Business Expo. Photo provided

The eighth annual Lexington-Bluegrass Area Minority Business Expo will bring together hundreds of female and minority business leaders in Lexington on Aug. 4 and 5.

Among the offerings of the event is a keynote address from Randal Pinkett, an entrepreneur and author perhaps best known for his win on the fourth season of the reality television show The Apprentice. Also speaking is Lauren Lake, host of HGTV's Spice Up My Kitchen.

Lake took time this week to answer a few questions about her upcoming speech.

On what she will discuss at the Minority Business Expo: "I will be discussing business opportunities for minorities and women in today's market, sharing my own personal story of being an entrepreneur for more than 20 years, and also helping people learn to think creatively about how to create work, improve business and survive in today's declining employment market."

On the process of motivating and empowering business owners when they are struggling through a tough economy: "I've spent the last 10 years motivating and inspiring people to get the most out of life.

"I believe we each have a responsibility to discover and pursue our passions and dreams. Passions and dreams are not economy dependent. They shouldn't change with the weather.

"Finding out what truly makes us happy in life and learning to make money doing it is truly empowering."

On the best things a minority-owned business can do to succeed today: "Think completely outside the box, be ready and willing to ride the wave and refuse to fail. When you have all of those components working, you can't lose."

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