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Angie Hawk Maiden

President and CEO

Appalachian Center For Economic Networks (ACEnet) and ACEnet Ventures

Athens, Ohio

I see real prosperity as an understanding and embracing of hard work, ingenuity, and a strong sense of community that passes from one generation to the next. To benefit at the expense of others and disregard the impact to following generations is not true prosperity and cannot be maintained.

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Angie Hawk Maiden has served as President and CEO of the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet) and ACEnet Ventures since 2006. Maiden  joined ACEnet in 2004 as Director of Business Innovation to increase use of technology and strengthen the culture of entrepreneurship in Southeastern Ohio. 

Maiden held several executive positions including COO for the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, a regional community foundation, where she oversaw operating and program areas. As director for Ohio University’s Kids on Campus Community Partnership, Maiden worked with community, university, business, and family partners to build a state model for year-round programming for 1,200+ children and 200+ staff annually.

Maiden is originally from northern Appalachian Ohio and holds a BS in education and a MA in Public Administration from Ohio University. She has served on multiple boards and committees and currently serves on Boards of Directors for Eastern Ohio Development Alliance and the Association for Economic Opportunity, a national microbusiness association. Maiden was also selected as a delegate to the 2011 Global Microfinance Summit in Spain.

Impact

  • Expanded to create 130 square feet of business development space in two cities.
  • Established a nationally recognized Food Ventures Center, which serves over 300 food businesses annually.
  • Created one of the only CDFI’s in the Ohio Appalachian region.
  • Has been instrumental in establishing our region and our center as a strong regional food economy.
  • Supports hundreds of businesses in the region that would not exist without ACEnet.

Awards

  • AEO’s Delegate to the Global Microfinance Summit
  • Aspen Institute’s SCALE Academy Fellow
  • Appalachian Youth Entrepreneurship Education Springboard Award

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