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By creekmoremarketing 31 Jul, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky., (April 22, 2015) – The Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center and Kentucky Small Business Development Center will host the first GovPro Conference on May 13 at The Campbell House in Lexington. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. and the conference will run until 4:30 p.m. EDT

“We are very excited to have Mildred Quinley from the Office of Small Business Utilization, U.S. General Services Administration as our luncheon speaker. The office of Small Business Utilization advocates for small businesses, and its mission is to promote increased access to GSA’s nationwide procurement opportunities,” said Dee Dee Harbut, Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center director.

Government procurement professionals from federal, state and local agencies will also be on hand at the trade show to talk about opportunities for small-business owners.

Spending more than $500 billion annually makes the U.S. government the largest consumer of products and services. From purchasing items as simple as soap to the construction of buildings to consulting services, the opportunities for businesses to expand their revenue through government contracts are vast. Networking and understanding the “how to” is the purpose of the GovPro conference.

“The Kentucky SBDC continues to strengthen the local economy by offering educational and networking opportunities such as the GovPro conference to small-business owners seeking to grow their revenues with government contracts,” said Shirie Hawkins, Bluegrass SBDC director.

Among the features of the conference will be the breakout sessions led by experienced professionals with solid working knowledge of the procurement process and regulations. Session topics will include: How to Market to the Federal Government, Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts, An Insider’s Insight to the Federal Acquisition Regulation and Accounting Requirements for Federal Contractors.

Along with the workshops, continental breakfast, lunch, a trade show and networking breaks are included for each registered participant. For more information about the GovPro conference or to register, visit http://2015govproconference.eventbrite.com or contact Kristy Coates at 859-257-7668. The deadline for registration is May 6.

The Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center falls under the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. KSBDC’s network of 15 offices located throughout the state helps existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. KSBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. More information on KSBDC services is available online at http://www.ksbdc.org/ .

Writer: Roberta Meisel, 859-257-7668
UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, through its land-grant mission, reaches across the commonwealth with teaching, research and extension to enhance the lives of Kentuckians.

By creekmoremarketing 31 Jul, 2015

Kentucky Procurement Assistance Program (PTAC) and Lexington-Fayette County Government (LFUCG) offer FREE CLASSES FOR MINORITY AND WOMEN OWNED BUSINESSES

To register for the PTAC/LFUCG Workshops, Call 859-257-7668 or  register on-line

For additional information, email Marilyn Clark  or call 859-258-3323.  The following workshops will take place at 330 East Main Street Lexington, KY.

October 27
Women’s Business Enterprise Certification
Instructor: Maude Moreno, WBENC / Cincinnati (9-11am)
The Women’s Business Enterprise Certification is accepted nationally by over 1000 corporate clients with active supplier diversity programs who are committed to work with WBENC-certified WBEs. In this class you will learn the criteria for WBE certification, the process for application and the benefits and resources available as a certified WBE.

October 30
How to Do Business with the Local Government and Quasi-Government Organizations
Instructor: Todd Slatin, LFUCG Senior Buyer; Darryl Thompson, Manager of Economic Development, FCPS; George Brown, Supplier Diversity Business Enterprise Coordinator, UK Facilities Management; Lynn Hoard, Grants and Contract Administrator/ DBE Liaison Officer, Blue Grass Airport; Keith Srutowski, Director of Purchasing, LexTran; Gene Travers, NDS/KCTCS ( 4-6pm)
The local government and quasi-government entities spend millions of dollars each year on goods and services. In this class you will learn about what they purchase; how their procurement system works; bonding requirements; how to find work; where to register and much more.

November 3
SBA Programs and Certifications
Instructors: Robert Coffey, SBA Louisville and Sharron Johnson, WBC Louisville (4-6pm)
SBA certifications can allow contracting officers to set aside specific federal contracts to certified Owned Small Businesses and Economically Disadvantaged businesses within certain eligible industry codes. This class will give information on the eligibility requirements, the certification process, how to use third-party certifications, the steps necessary to participate in the programs and helpful tips on how to bid.

November 14
KYTC Pre-Qualification
Instructors: Shella Eagle, Program Investigator II; Cherie Shelton, Branch Manager Construction Procurement (9-11am)
Contractors must apply for a Certificate of Eligibility to qualify to bid upon and accept work on projects sponsored by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Commonwealth of Kentucky. It also requires prequalification as provided in KRS 176.130, the regulation relating to the Prequalification of Highway Contractors. Come to this workshop to learn the necessary steps and paperwork to complete to get your Certificate of Eligibility and Prequalification to do construction work with the KY Transportation Department and Commonwealth of Kentucky.

November 18
Kentucky MWBE Program Certification
Instructor: Valeria Cummings-Swope, Kentucky Finance Cabinet, Frankfort (9-11am)
The Minority and Women Business Enterprise Certification Program, along with Kentucky’s Small Business Connection Portal, helps facilitate the development of women and minority owned businesses in Kentucky.

The certification will also allow minority and women owned businesses to compete for work in states outside of the Commonwealth of Kentucky that require certification by a statewide body. This class will teach you all the requirements for this new Kentucky MWBE certification program.

November 20
How to Do Business with the Federal Government
Instructor: Dee Dee Harbut, Program Director, Kentucky PTAC (4-6pm)
The federal government spends billions of dollars annually and has goals for the total dollars to spend with minority and women owned businesses. In this workshop you will learn the steps to take to access billions of dollars in federal government contracts.

By creekmoremarketing 29 Jul, 2015

SBA and AARP, along with the SBDC, SCORE and the Women’s Business Center, will host free Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month events for those ages 50+ who want to start or grow a business.  These events are free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, go to the links below or call 1-877-926-8300.

April 24: McKendree University, 10168 Linn Station Road, Louisville, KY 40223

April 30: Community Ventures Corporation, 1450 North Broadway, Lexington, KY 40505

By creekmoremarketing 29 Jul, 2015

The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a series of webinars in recognition of the seventh annual National Entrepreneurship Week. The emphasis will be on how the next generation of small business owners can leverage crowdfunding as an alternative finance option to start and grow their businesses.

 

WHEN:  February 19-21, 2013, daily at 3:00 p.m. (ET)

 

Webinar topics and presenters are:

Jay Goth, Business Consultant

TriTech Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Topic: Crowdfunding – Pros and Cons

Tuesday, February 19 at 3:00 p.m.

 

Kevin Lehman, CEO and Co-Founder

Three Revolutions

Topic: Crowdfunding Innovation

Wednesday, February 20 at 3:00 p.m.

 

Ryan Finch, General Manager

Raleigh City Farm

Topic:  Kickstarting an Urban Farm

Thursday, February 21 at 3:00 p.m.

 

Audio Conference Login Instructions

1. Dial the AT&T Connect Teleconference

Toll-Free Number – 1-888-858-2144

2. Enter your AT&T Access Code

– 4259370 (press the # key)

 

Web Conference Login Instructions

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2. Enter “Meeting Number” 1-888-858-2144

3. Enter “Access Code” 4259370

4. Enter “Email Address, First and Last name”

5. Click Submit

6. Click Participant

7. Click Participant Application (Recommended)

8. Click “Enter” Event

9. Click Dial-In/Already Connected by Phone

(Close the Telephone Connection Instructions pop-up box)

System Requirements:

To set up the AT&T Connect Participant application, a user’s PC must run either Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Mac OS X 10.8 or Mac OS X 10.7 with either Internet Explorer 7.0 (or higher) supported. AT&T Connect does support the Chrome, Safari or Firefox browser.

Note: The phone number is the “meeting number” when logging in to https://www.connectmeeting.att.com .

 

A separate telephone line is needed for the conference call-in portion.

 

For assistance with AT&T Connect Web Conference Service, contact AT&T Connect Customer Care at 1-888-796-6118.

National Entrepreneurship Week (February 16-23, 2013), hosted by the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education celebrates the heritage of entrepreneurship in America and of entrepreneurship education for the next generation. For details on this and other events, visit the National Entrepreneurship Week Website at www.entre-week.org

By creekmoremarketing 29 Jul, 2015

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The next Friday 15 Hangout is on January 11, 2013 at 11am PST/2pm EST. The Hangout will cover how Google Trends can provide useful insights for your business.

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By Robbi Meisel 16 Dec, 2015
LEXINGTON, Ky., (Dec. 7, 2015) –The Kentucky Small Business Development Center recognized its staff members for their achievements at the annual fall conference held at The Campbell House.

KSBDC state director Becky Naugle presented the year’s biggest awards. Top honors went to the University of Kentucky center at Elizabethtown, named 2015 Center of the Year. This award is bestowed upon the Small Business Development Center posting the highest results based on the annual goals.

The Morehead District SBDC received the Spirit Award for 2015. This award recognizes the center that demonstrated the SBDC spirit of service to the network and clients during the year.

The Northern Kentucky University center was awarded the Michael Rodriguez Traveling Trophy to acknowledge the largest goal increase achievement during the final six months of the fiscal year.

Lois Decker, of the Owensboro SBDC, was named 2015 Team Player of the Year for exhibiting extraordinary leadership and willingness to assist others. During her tenure, Decker has gone above and beyond in upholding the KSBDC’s mission of creating economic growth and aiding others in achieving success.

Tamela Darnell, of Murray State University SBDC was named 2015 Administration Person of the Year. Darnell was recognized for her diligent work on behalf of clients and fellow co-workers.

David Stevens, of the central office, was recognized as the 2015 Sutton Landry State Star. This honor is presented to an individual who is considered an example of excellence, makes a significant contribution to their center’s program and exhibits dedication to assisting small businesses.

Marge Berge, of the UK Central Office SBDC, was presented the first KSBDC Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her 32 years of exemplary service and dedication to the betterment of the organization as a whole.

In addition, 11 staff members were inducted into the exclusive Kentucky Small Business Development Center Million Dollar Loan Club. This honor is reserved for management consultants who help business clientele secure $1 million or more in loans to start, expand or purchase their companies. Statewide, KSBDC consultants aided entrepreneurs with more than $32 million in loans during the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

The 2015 inductees were:
Fausto Sarmiento, UK Bluegrass SBDC
Steve Heil and Patricia Krausman, UK Elizabethtown SBDC
David Oetken and Toni Sears, UK Louisville SBDC
Kim Jenkins and Mark Murphy, Morehead SBDC
Lois Decker and Chris Wooldridge, Murray SBDC
Rebecca Volpe, NKU SBDC
Miller Slaughter, Western Kentucky University SBDC
Gordon Garrett, UK SBDC Central office

KSBDC presented 11 staff members with service awards. Five years of service recipients were: Becky Marefat, UK Bluegrass SBDC; Vallorie Henderson and David Oetken, UK Louisville SBDC; and Miller Slaughter, WKU SBDC. Marking 10 years of service were Shirie Hawkins, UK Bluegrass SBDC; Gordon Garrett, UK Central Office SBDC, and Janet Flaugh and Toni Sears, UK Louisville SBDC. Celebrating 15 years were Dee Dee Harbut, UK Central Office SBDC and John Preston, Eastern Kentucky University SBDC. Hitting the 30-year milestone was Mike Morley from the Morehead State University at Pikeville SBDC.

Dee Dee Harbut, director of the Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center, presented the first annual Three Cheers award to Debbie McKnight. This award is chosen by the clients to recognize a consultant’s hard work with government contracting assistance.

“The impact of KSBDC staff’s hard work reaches every county in Kentucky. I am so proud of the contribution SBDC and PTAC staffs make to our ‘Common Wealth,’ and it is an honor to recognize their accomplishments,” Naugle said.

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 17 offices located throughout the state that helps existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. The KSBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information on KSBDC services, visit their website, http://www.ksbdc.org/ .

Photo provided by the Kentucky Small Business Development Center –2015 KSBDC Lifetime Achievement Award winner Marge Berge with state director, Becky Naugle. ©KSBDC

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, through its land-grant mission, reaches across the commonwealth with teaching, research and extension to enhance the lives of Kentuckians.
By Robbi Meisel 22 Sep, 2015
LEXINGTON, Ky., (Sept. 22, 2015) –The Kentucky Small Business Development Center announced David Stevens, principal accountant, as the recipient of the 2015 Sutton Landry State Star for Kentucky. Stevens was recognized at a private reception during the recent America’s SBDC Conference in San Francisco.

The America’s SBDC honors a state star from each SBDC annually. The award is presented to an individual who is considered an example of excellence, makes a significant contribution to their center’s program and exhibits dedication to assisting small businesses.

“I was honored to accept the state star award at the ASBDC annual conference. I want to give special thanks to our State Director, Becky Naugle, for giving me this wonderful award and opportunity,” Stevens said. “In addition to receiving the award I was given a special tour of Silicon Valley visiting Intuit, Google and Facebook. It was a very educational opportunity which I will never forget.”

Naugle said, “This award is a wonderful way to honor David’s dedication and exemplary service to the small business community and KSBDC.”

Stevens began working at the University of Kentucky in 1980 and joined the KSBDC as the principal accountant in 1989. He is a UK graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

His dedication to crunching the numbers, proposal preparation and superb budgeting has contributed to the many successes the organization has realized over the past three decades. During his tenure, the network of Kentucky SBDC offices has been noted for extraordinary work, receiving statewide recognition for performance and productivity.

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 15 offices located throughout the state that helps existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. KSBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information on KSBDC services, visit their website, http://www.ksbdc.org/ .

Photo provided by the Kentucky Small Business Development Center - 2015 State Star Award winners at ASBDC Conference in San Francisco, CA ©KSBDC

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, through its land-grant mission, reaches across the commonwealth with teaching, research and extension to enhance the lives of Kentuckians.
By creekmoremarketing 31 Jul, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky., (May 6, 2015)   – The commonwealth’s best were celebrated in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort on May 6 with an awards ceremony recognizing outstanding small businesses and small-business people. Kentucky Celebrates Small Business was presented by the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, the Kentucky district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Lexington chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

“Small Business Week is big in Kentucky! These three organizations share the mission of supporting and encouraging small business and are proud to celebrate the wonderful entrepreneurial talent in Kentucky,” said Becky Naugle, KSBDC director.KSBDC selects Kentucky Pacesetter businesses based on how the nominees are changing Kentucky’s economic landscape by introducing innovative products, increasing sales and/or production, boosting employment and serving their communities.

This year’s outstanding Kentucky Pacesetters are:
• A.C.E. Compressor Services Inc., Mayfield
• Green River Appliance, Owensboro
• Stewart and Stafford Inc., Pikeville
• Sustainment Solutions Inc., Lancaster

Each year, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes outstanding small businesses and entrepreneurs with awards across the country. The Small Business of the Year winner from each state has the opportunity to be acknowledged at both regional and national levels.

The 2015 Kentucky Small Business Administration award winners are:
• Kentucky Small Business Person of the Year: Scott Shinn, president and CEO of Sustainment Solutions Inc.
• Kentucky 8(a) Graduate of the Year: Kathy Mills, president and CEO of Strategic Communications
• Kentucky SBA Resource Partner of the Year: David Oetken, director of Small Business Development Center Louisville
• Kentucky Financial Services Advocate of the Year: Mark Strother, president and CEO of Commercial Bank of Grayson
• Kentucky Home Based Business of the Year: Nicole Mueller, president and owner of Startup Productions LLC
• Kentucky Woman Small Business Advocate of the Year: Michelle Gorman, small business specialist at U.S. Bank of Bowling Green
• Kentucky Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Shane Hamilton, president and owner of Service Maids LLC

“Entrepreneurs are the engines who drive our economy forward,” said Ralph Ross, district director of the Kentucky office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. “Every year we honor them during Small Business Week, and this year we have an extra reason to celebrate. The Kentucky unemployment rate has dropped to 5.1 percent, and demand for SBA loans has increased 30 percent over last year. Our Kentucky entrepreneurs are hard at work, and we cannot thank them enough.”

The Lexington chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners strives to propel female entrepreneurs to spheres of economic, social and political influence through strengthening economic development, creating innovative and effective changes in the business culture, building strategic alliances and transforming public policies.

Their Winners’ Circle Award is presented annually to a Kentucky woman who has shown outstanding leadership, financial stamina and control, contributed to her community through time and resources, understands and resolves complex issues, and is dedicated to furthering women in business through personal support and mentoring. The 2015 recipient is Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven, past president of the American Medical Association and a Lexington-based infectious disease physician.

The chapter also presented the following awards:
• Woman Business Owner of the Year: Dr. Jennifer Fuson, owner of Lexington Women’s Health
• Member of the Year: Karen Boone, owner of Kreations by Karen
• Tribute Award: Ericka Harney, executive director of Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance
• Rising Star Award: Kelly King Bakehorn, owner and president of The Grand Reserve and The Barrel House
• Legacy Award: Kathy Gornik, president and CEO of Aperture Consulting

“With the latest census statistics showing that the majority of all workers in America are employed by small-business owners, we are reminded that small-business owners are the true unsung heroes of our times,” said Janey Moores, NAWBO Lexington chapter awards coordinator. “That same census also shows that women now own at least a third of all businesses in the U.S. As more and more women follow the dreams of their hearts by owning their own businesses, America grows stronger by the day and remains the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 15 offices located throughout the state. The center helps existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. KSBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information on KSBDC services, visit their website, http://www.ksbdc.org/ .

Writer: Roberta Meisel, 859-257-7668

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, through its land-grant mission, reaches across the commonwealth with teaching, research and extension to enhance the lives of Kentuckians.

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