LEXINGTON, Ky., – The Kentucky Small Business Development Center recognized staff members from its network of centers for their achievements at the annual fall conference held at the Hilton Suites Lexington Green.
KSBDC state director Becky Naugle and Ralph Ross, the U.S. Small Business Administration Louisville district director, were on hand for the presentation of the year’s biggest awards. Top honors went to Northern Kentucky University SBDC, named 2014 Center of the Year. This award is bestowed upon the SBDC center posting the highest results based on the annual goals.
The Louisville SBDC received the Spirit Award for 2014. This award recognizes the center that demonstrated the SBDC spirit of service to the network and clients during the year.
The University of Kentucky Center at Elizabethtown was awarded the Michael Rodriguez Traveling Trophy to acknowledge the largest goal increase achievement during the final six months of the fiscal year.
Kevin Norvell, of the University of Kentucky central office, was named 2014 Team Player of the Year for exhibiting extraordinary leadership and willingness to assist others. During his tenure, Norvell has gone above and beyond in upholding the KSBDC’s mission to create economic growth.
Peggie Ervin, of Morehead State University SBDC, and Tricia Hudson, of Murray State University SBDC, were named 2014 Administration Persons of the Year. The women were recognized for their diligent work on behalf of clients and fellow co-workers.
In addition, 14 staff members were inducted into the exclusive Kentucky Small Business Development Center Million Dollar Loan Club. This honor is reserved for management consultants who help business clientele secure $1 million or more in loans to start, expand or purchase their companies. Statewide, KSBDC consultants aided entrepreneurs with more than $29 million in loans during the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
The 2014 inductees were:
Fausto Sarmiento and Jay Houston, UK Bluegrass SBDC
John Preston, Eastern Kentucky University SBDC
Steve Heil and Patricia Krausman, UK Elizabethtown SBDC
David Oetken, UK Louisville SBDC
Mike Morley and Mark Murphy, Morehead SBDC
John Mitchell, Chris Wooldridge and Lois Decker, Murray SBDC
Rebecca Volpe, NKU SBDC
Miller Slaughter, Western Kentucky University SBDC
Gordon Garrett, UK SBDC Central office
KSBDC presented seven staff members with service awards. Five years of service recipients were: Sean Moore, UK Bluegrass SBDC; Michelle Spriggs, Morehead SBDC; Matt Whitaker, WKU SBDC; and Gabrielle Wright, Southeast Community and Technical College SBDC. Marking 15 years of service was John Preston, EKU SBDC, and celebrating 25 years were Linda Casebolt, Morehead SBDC and David Stevens, UK Central office.
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/ .
Roberta Meisel, 859-257-7668
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.