Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will welcome HGTV stars Karen Laine and Mina Starsiak of the hit show “Good Bones” as speakers for the 10th annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship luncheon Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 11:30 a.m. in Shreve Hall.
“Ivy Tech’s Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship has a mission to develop and implement practical tools and resources for students and to engage the community to foster entrepreneurship in the region. This annual event supports those efforts,” said Cook Center executive director Steve Bryant. “Obviously, Karen and Mina have run small businesses and have garnered media success because of it. They have plenty of experience to share with the community and with Ivy Tech students.”
The Midwestern mother-daughter duo rehabilitated their first house in Indianapolis in the late 2000s as Two Chicks and a Hammer and eventually attracted the attention of HGTV. Now in its fourth season, the home renovation show “Good Bones” garners 13 million viewers, making it one of the network’s breakout hits. In “Good Bones,” the pair hunt down battered homes in bleaker Indianapolis neighborhoods, transforming them with an average budget of $180,000. Laine and Starsiak can currently be seen in a few other shows for the network, including the Brady Bunch House renovation series. The pair also are working on their first book.
Individual tickets are $100. Sponsorship spots are available at $1,000 for table, $2,000 for presenting and $3,500 for signature. Proceeds support programming at Ivy Tech’s Cook Center for Entrepreneurship for the benefit of students and the community. Portions of tickets and sponsorships are tax deductible.