Lexington, Ky – (June 6, 2013) – Becky Naugle, State Director of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, was inducted into the Lexington NAWBO Hall of Fame at the 2013 NAWBO Winners’ Circle event, held in Lexington on April 11, 2013.
Naugle is the second recipient of this high honor in the history of the Lexington chapter of NAWBO. In 1998 Lewis Owens, publisher of the Lexington-Herald Leader, received the first NAWBO Hall of Fame Award. Fifteen years later, NAWBO was moved to bestow the Hall of Fame Award on another NAWBO “guardian angel.” NAWBO Chapter President Amy Johnson presented the Naugle with the award.
The KSBDC has been a longtime corporate partner and Winners’ Circle sponsor for many years. Under the leadership of Naugle many of NAWBO members have been featured speakers at KSBDC conferences and training seminars, as well as recipients of dozens of prestigious SBA awards statewide and nationally. KSBDC has brought several nationally known authors and speakers to their Lexington conferences and has allowed NAWBO the honor of co-hosting these outstanding events with them.
Becky is well-known for her work to promote [NAWBO] businesses to any prospective business clients she may encounter, in addition to speaking out for woman-owned businesses to countless legislators for many years. The fact that she grew up working in a family-owned business and owned her own business for ten years has no doubt provided Becky with the work experience and sensitivity to all of the issues that our NAWBO members face each day in our own businesses. She truly has the devoted heart of a woman business owner.
– Janey Moores, NAWBO member
LEXINGTON, Ky., (Feb. 14, 2017) – Kentucky Small Business Development Center is seeking nominations for the 2017 Pacesetter Awards. The recognition program was created to honor high performing, second-stage businesses that are changing Kentucky’s economic landscape. The deadline to submit nominations is March 15.
KSBDC encourages small businesses that meet the following minimum qualifications to apply:
· Privately held
· In business for three or more years
· Employ six or more full-time employees, including the owner
· Annual sales meet or exceed $500,000
· Located and headquartered in Kentucky
·Demonstrate the intent and capacity to grow evidenced by the judging criteria.
Pacesetters will be selected based on two or more of the following criteria:
· Growth in the number of employees
·Increase in sales and/or unit volume
· Innovativeness of the product or service
·Response to adversity
·Employee engagement and commitment
·Contributions by the nominee to aid community-oriented projects
Pacesetters will be recognized at the Kentucky Celebrates Small Business event held at the Capitol rotunda in Frankfort during the first week of May. Each honoree will receive an award inscribed with the business’s name and a promotional video for their own use that highlights the business. In addition, KSBDC will send a customized press release announcing the award to local media and trade associations. Honorees are given the rights to use the Kentucky Pacesetter logo and event photographs in promoting their business.
Anyone may submit nominations, including third parties associated with an eligible second-stage business. A business may self-nominate by completing the required form. Winners will be notified by March 27. Full nomination requirements and the application are online at https://www.ksbdc.org/kentucky-pacesetters1 .
The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 12 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.