Kentucky’s “Pacesetting” Businesses To Be Honored on May 16

  • By creekmoremarketing
  • 29 Jul, 2015
The 2012 class of Kentucky Business Pacesetter winners will be recognized at the Kentucky Celebrates Small Business awards ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, in Frankfort. Community leaders, small business owners, small business advocates, the media and the public are invited to attend this event.

The businesses being honored for their positive impact on Kentucky’s economy and communities include:

  • G&R Reclamation (Horse Cave)
  • First In Trailer Service, Inc. (Walton)
  • Kalleo Technologies (Paducah)
  • Bluegrass Veterinary Specialists, PLLC (Lexington)
  • Innovative Workflow Technologies, Inc. (Henderson)
  • John O’s Market (Elizabethtown)
  • Global Environmental Services (Georgetown)
  • Boneal, Inc. (Means)
  • Ferm SOLUTIONS (Danville)
  • TrollandToad.Com (Corbin)
  • Air Hydro Power, Inc. (Louisville)
  • D&M Contracting (Richmond)

The 2012 Kentucky Business Pacesetters were selected from nominations illustrating the businesses’ efforts to change the economic landscape of Kentucky by introducing innovative products; increasing sales and/or production; boosting employment; and serving their communities. Each of the winning businesses demonstrated the intent and capacity to grow based on employee and sales growth, entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage and additional notable factors.

Also at this event will be the formal recognition of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Kentucky 2012 Small Business Person of the Year, Financial Services Champion of the Year and Women in Business Champion of the Year. Businesses being honored by the S.B.A. are:

  • 2012 Small Business Person of the Year: Donovan Wadsworth, D&M Contracting (Richmond)
  • 2012 SBA Financial Services Champion of the Year: Deborah Gray, LGE-KU Energy, LLC (Morganfield)
  • 2012 Kentucky Women in Business Champion: Cathy Stafford, Ad-Venture Promotions (Lexington)

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center is a network of 15 offices located throughout Kentucky that help existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. These services include: no-cost confidential business consultations, affordable business workshops, seminars, and research to make informed business decisions.

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By Robbi Meisel 06 May, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky., (May 3, 2016) - Kentucky’s finest small businesses and the small-business community were celebrated in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort during Kentucky Celebrates Small Business, an awards ceremony presented by the Kentucky Small Business Development Center and the Kentucky District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration May 3.

Gov. Matt Bevin opened the awards ceremony by signing a proclamation recognizing National Small Business Week in the state.

"The vibrant entrepreneurial spirit in the commonwealth is a fundamental force driving Kentucky's economy and creating valuable jobs for our communities," Bevin said. "I understand, from personal experience, the sacrifice it takes for small business owners to survive. Every day they strive anew to secure a better life for their customers, their employees, their families and themselves. I am grateful to these men and women across Kentucky for taking the risk necessary to succeed."

WLEX-18 chief meteorologist Bill Meck served as emcee, along with his wife, Connie, whose small business, Sign Language Network of Kentucky, provided sign language interpretation for the event.

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center presented Kentucky Pacesetter awards to six businesses. Winners were chosen based on how they 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 D&D Shoe Company, Mayfield; Ingram Brothers, LLC, Morgantown; JSB Industrial Solutions, Inc., Tollesboro; Maynard Studios, Inc., Lawrenceburg; Trunnell’s Farm Market & Family Fun Acre, Utica; Flavorman and Distilled Spirits Epicenter, Louisville.

“We owe so much to the small businesses across the commonwealth that make our economy strong and diverse. It is a pleasure to recognize them and say thank you,” said Becky Naugle, KSBDC state director.

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

The 2016 Kentucky Small Business Administration award winners are:

Kentucky Small Business Person of the Year: David Dafoe, founder and CEO of Flavorman and Distilled Spirits Epicenter, Louisville

Kentucky Southeast Region 8(a) Graduate of the Year: Kathy Mills, president and CEO of Strategic Communications, Louisville

Kentucky Financial Services Advocate of the Year: Bill Fensterer, president and CEO of Capital Access Corporation, Louisville

Kentucky Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year: Harsha Wijesiri, president of Integrated Engineering, LLC, Lexington

Kentucky Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year: Scott Matheny, president of Semper Tek, Lexington

Kentucky Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year: Desiree Sloan Harmon, founder and owner of Club Fit Studio, LLC, Paintsville

“The creative genius that drives our commonwealth forward lives in the minds of our entrepreneurs. This year we are honoring entrepreneurs from the far corners of Kentucky. We are deeply grateful for what they have done to sustain the economic vitality of large and small communities,” said Ralph Ross, district director of the Kentucky office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. “We are also grateful for our local, state and federal partners who work with us to help these entrepreneurs along their way.”

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 13 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. More information on KSBDC services can be found on their website, http://www.ksbdc.org/ .

 

Writer: Roberta Meisel, 859-257-0104

 

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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