The values and beliefs of our region are known to us. Today, however, they are eclipsed by the news of our challenges and our loss. In a world that often seems to revolve around the negative and the coarse, the contribution and the vision of Appalachians have been eclipsed by the fascination with what holds us back. Our roots as entrepreneurs and visionaries who led and supported the birth of a nation are invisible. We appear separate from our nation and our world. The entrepreneur’s candor, sense of urgency, frugality, embrace of sacrifice – ironically the foundation of every corporate giant in the history of humanity – are not associated with Appalachia.