Kentucky Small Business Development Center remembers Michael Rodriguez with the Sutton Landry StateStar
By Roberta Meisel
LEXINGTON, Ky., (Oct. 22, 2014) – The Kentucky Small Business Development Center awarded the 2014 Sutton Landry State Star to Michael Rodriguez, announced Becky Naugle, center director. Rodriguez is the late center director of the Eastern Kentucky University Small Business Development Center.
The Sutton Landry State Star is presented annually to an individual in the Kentucky Small Business Development Center network who is considered an example of excellence, makes a significant contribution to the center’s program and exhibits a dedication to assisting small businesses. This award is presented in conjunction with the Association of Small Business Development Center’s Annual Conference. The association is a partnership that unites private enterprise, government agencies, higher education institutions and local nonprofit economic development organizations to provide support to small business.
Accepting on his behalf was Rodriguez’s wife, Teresa, and son, Timothy.
Timothy and I are honored to accept this award on Michael’s behalf. We are so proud of all that Michael accomplished in his lifetime, and this is just another example of his many achievements. Michael would have been thrilled to receive this award. He truly loved his job at the EKU SBDC. We are sincerely overwhelmed by the love and respect everyone had for Michael. We will cherish this award for years to come.
– Teresa Rodriguez
This award is a wonderful way to honor Michael’s legacy of dedication and exemplary service to the small business community and KSBDC.
– Becky Naugle, KSBDC State Director
After graduating from Morehead State University with a master’s degree in business administration, Rodriguez worked in the health care field and was the proprietor of a small business prior to joining the Kentucky Small Business Development Center. Rodriguez began working with the center as a business consultant in 2007 and within two years, he was named director for the EKU Small Business Development Center.
His dedication and determination to help fellow small business owners proved a great asset for Rodriguez as a consultant, resulting in his being a two-time recipient of the Million Dollar Loan Club award. During his tenure, the EKU office was noted for its extraordinary work, receiving the statewide “traveling trophy” for performance and productivity in 2011 and 2012. He was more than a typical business adviser, and his sudden passing in 2013 was a loss to the clients and communities heserved, Naugle said.
The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part of the University of Kentucky 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://ksbdc.org . 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.
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.