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We attended the first ever Lion’s Lair at Carmen’s last evening and it was an unqualified success. In addition to a packed house, the energy was palpaple and the stories of the competing entrepreneurs were inspiring. Creating a culture of innovation in Hamilton has been a passion of my friend Mark Chamberlain (and former HCF Board Chair) for many years and his positive spirit writ large at the event. Congratulations to all of the contenders and especially the winners. Thanks also to Ron Neumann at the Innovation Factory and David Adames at the Chamber for the combined efforts of their organizations (plus many corporate sponsors) to make it happen. I am also proud of the leadership provided by numerous HCF Board members including Demet Tsafaridis, Marita Zaffiro, Ruth Liebersbach and “Lion” and host, PJ Mercanti. Well done gang!