LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 26, 2012) – Bluegrass Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Consultant Fausto Sarmiento was recognized Tuesday as a 2012 Rising Star at the Lexington Young Professionals Association’s (LYPA) 10th Annual Rising Stars dinner held at Malone’s in Lexington.
“We are proud of Fausto and his contributions to the community,” said KSBDC State Director Becky Naugle. “This recognition is a real honor and Fausto is very deserving.”
Sarmiento was one of 10 young professionals recognized for their commitment to positively impacting the community through professional and non-professional service and achievement. Each recipient received a trophy commemorating their achievement. Nominations for the Rising Star Awards are submitted by community members, and honorees are selected by a diverse panel of community business leaders.
Sarmiento joined the Bluegrass SBDC in May 2012 after spending more than five years providing banking solutions through a consultative business-to-business sales program. Sarmiento is dedicated to serving the community, volunteering with the Lexington Young Professionals Network, serving as International Host for the University of Kentucky International Hospitality Program, and participating in the 2012 Minority Business Expo, to name a few. In 2008 he was selected as a Top 40 Under 40 Business Leader and received the Hispanic Contractors Association of Georgia’s Residential Banker of the Year Award. In 2005, Sarmiento received the First American Bank and Trust’s Quality Service Award.
The LYPA was founded in July 2000 with the mission to create an organization for local professionals between the ages of 21-40, with an emphasis on personal, civic and professional development. During the past 10 years, LYPA has grown into an organization of more than 600 young professionals. For more information on the LYPA, visit www.lypa.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.