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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LEXINGTON, Ky. – In anticipation of the many business opportunities that could stem from the construction of a new federal prison in Roxana, the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, in partnership with Letcher County Fiscal Court, is sponsoring When Opportunity Knocks, a luncheon and resource fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT June 22 at the Pine Mountain Grill in Whitesburg.
During lunch, local business owners will share how they answered the knock of opportunity and found success. The event is free and seating is limited; preregistration is required. Reservations can be made online at http://tinyurl.com/j9rdjtf .
At the event, organizers will discuss a three-part series of training events. Series topics will include general business and government contracting. The first event will take place 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 12 at the Whitesburg campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. Training will also take place at 6 p.m. July 26 and August 9. Prior to each training event, a resource fair will begin at 4 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.ksbdc.org/moving-forward-letcher-county or email Shawn Rogers at email@example.com .
KSBDC, 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. For more information on KSBDC services, visit their website, http://www.ksbdc.org/ .
Other partners include: Kentucky Small Business Development Centers at Pikeville and Ashland, Southeast Small Business Development Center, Small Business Administration, Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Southeast Kentucky Economic Development, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, Kentucky Innovation Network – Pikeville , Kentucky River Area Development District, Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises Inc. and Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet – Minority and Women Business Enterprise Certification.
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.