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Venture Connectors’ Nov. 6 lunch to feature panel on Portland revitalization efforts led by Gill Holland


On Wednesday, Nov. 6, Venture Connectors will feature a panel of influential local leaders and successful business owners, who will share an update on revitalization efforts in Louisville’s historic Portland neighborhood. Panelists will include Mike Mays, co-Founder and president of Heine Brothers’ Coffee; Sherry Hurley, founder of Farm to Fork Catering; and Terra Leavell, president and CEO of the Black Community Development Corp. and executive director of Flux 502.

Gill Holland

The panel discussion will be led by Gill Holland, who is in his sixth year of leading a 10-year revitalization plan for Portland. He is a past president of the NuLu Business Association and opened Kentucky’s greenest commercial structure, The Green Building, in the NuLu neighborhood. He coined the term NuLu and has been instrumental in turning the area into a thriving arts/design/local food and sustainable district. A Spirit Award nominee for film producer of the year (the Oscars for independent films), Holland has over 100 producing credits. A former lawyer, he runs sonaBLAST! Records and is involved in many cultural and civic boards.

Venture Connectors’ monthly luncheons are held at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St., on the first Wednesday of the month. Doors open at 11:45 a.m., and the meeting runs from noon-1 p.m. Networking takes place after lunch.

Each meeting features:

• 30-second open mic announcements about upcoming new companies, events and programs.

• The featured startup, a 5-minute presentation by an entrepreneur interested in obtaining capital to start up or support growth and expansion of his or her business.

• A guest speaker or a panel discussion featuring entrepreneurial success stories or trends affecting today’s entrepreneurial climate.

Registration is required at www.ventureconnectors.org. Members attend free; associate members pay $30. Guests who register online by noon the day before the lunch pay only $40.

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