Fosson named Business and Innovation Champion at SOAR Innovation

ASHLAND, Ky. – Mick Fosson has been named a Business and Innovation Champion of SOAR Innovation. He will serve Boyd, Greenup, and Carter counties.  Fosson will work out of an office at the Roberts Drive campus of Ashland Community and Technical College.  

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SOAR Innovation is a new partnership between Shaping Our Appalachian Region, Inc. (SOAR) and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s KY Innovation office.  SOAR Innovation will assist existing small businesses and entrepreneurs whose business or idea has the capability to expand existing markets or create new markets by leveraging technology.

“Mick’s successful track record of assisting entrepreneurs and growing small businesses is impressive,” said Ryan Jones, director of SOAR Innovation. “Our team will lean on Mick as we deploy our services throughout Appalachia Kentucky.  We are thrilled to have a person of this caliber leading our efforts in Boyd, Greenup, and Carter counties.”

Fosson previously worked as the director of the Kentucky Innovation office at Ashland Community and Technical College.  He has founded, owned, and successfully exited two small businesses, and has worked in consulting roles for organizations such as King’s Daughters Medical Center, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Marathon Petroleum, and Armco Steel Corporation.  He is also the founder Tri-State Angel Investment Group.

“The goals of SOAR Innovation align with the work that is continuing to take place in Boyd, Carter, and Greenup counties,” said Fosson. “I look forward to working with a dedicated team committed to driving innovation across Appalachia Kentucky.”

Fosson earned his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in business from Marshall University.

As a Business and Innovation Champion, Fosson will work throughout his service area to identify and build relationships with existing small businesses that have the desire and capacity to scale-up utilizing technology through methods of e-commerce, export, etc.  

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Fosson can be reached at (606) 922-2678 or by email at