LEXINGTON, Ky., (Jan. 22, 2015) — The Lexington Forum recognized Kentucky Small Business Development Center senior consultant Fausto Sarmiento with the 2014 One to Watch Award at the annual Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government’s State of the Merged Government Address and luncheon held at the Hyatt Regency Lexington recently.
The One to Watch Award is presented each year to a business leader or expert who embraces and exhibits genuine community spirit. This is the third year the Lexington Forum has presented the award.
Bob Owen, a Lexington Forum board member, introduced Sarmiento by saying, “Fausto Sarmiento embodies two words that describe a very vital segment of our culture and workforce in Lexington. He is young, and he is a professional, and he uses his education and background to expand opportunities for young professionals, providing advice and encouragement to help others achieve.”
Sarmiento is the senior management consultant with KSBDC’s Bluegrass office in downtown Lexington where he specializes in performance management, sales and negotiations for new entrepreneurs and established small-business owners.
“There are so many talented people in Lexington who are doing great things for our community. The Lexington Forum consists of a great variety of different people: conservatives and liberals, young professionals and seasoned executives. It is a true honor to know they were all able to agree on selecting me as this year’s winner of the One to Watch Award,” Sarmiento said.
In 2014, Sarmiento was inducted into the KSBDC Million Dollar Loan Club having secured over a million dollars in funding for clients. Additionally, he served as the president of the Lexington Young Professionals and was active in planning the Emerge conference held in Lexington, the Young Professionals Unite Summit held in Louisville and the Young Professionals Day held at the Capitol in Frankfort.
Sarmiento also works closely with University of Kentucky students, helping them to transition into the career world with far fewer stresses.
“Fausto sincerely wants young professionals to succeed in their careers and communities and strives to help them achieve their full potential,” said Becky Naugle, KSBDC director.
One such professional who benefitted from Sarmiento’s consult was Tommy Ray Cornett of Bleed Blue Tattooing. Cornett was selected as the 2014 Kentucky Small Business Person of the Year.
“I’m passionate about helping young professionals. Their success is my greatest reward,” Sarmiento said.
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. 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/ .
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.