Bluegrass SBDC, Lexington, KY

Serving the Counties of: Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill,  Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott and Woodford

The Bluegrass SBDC provides one-on-one consultations at no cost to existing and potential entrepreneurs in Central Kentucky. The Bluegrass SBDC also meets the educational needs of the local small business community by offering a variety of low cost training programs taught by industry experts and qualified SBDC Consultants.

Shawn Rogers
Center Director 
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Fausto D. Sarmiento
Management Consultant
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Becky Marefat
Communications Coordinator
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Shawn brings over 13 years’ experience in small business and economic development to the SBDC. Previously, she worked in the Bluegrass SBDC as a Senior Management Consultant and Assistant Center Director. She also worked as an Executive Staff Advisor at the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s Office of Entrepreneurship and later worked for Community Ventures Corporation as the Vice President of New Markets Tax Credit and was a Senior Business Development Specialist.

Shawn has a BBA in management and BS in accounting from the University of Kentucky. She has industry experience in furniture manufacturing, specialty retailing and the craft industry. Shawn’s expertise includes financial analysis, market, strategic and business planning, funding options, and community development financing including tax increment financing and new markets tax credit.

In 2006 Shawn received the Sutton Landry State Star Award and was inducted into the SBDC Million Dollar Loan Club in 2009 and 2010. Since 2008 Shawn has been a volunteer for the Bluegrass Shih Tzu Rescue. Away from the office she enjoys cycling and spending time with family and friends.
859-257-7666 | shawn.rogers@uky.edu
Fausto came to the KSBDC in 2012 after six years of directing the growth of a boutique financial institution in a niche market providing residential and commercial services. He is the Senior Management Consultant with the Bluegrass SBDC. Fausto assists entrepreneurs and established business owners alike in making informed decisions. His experience revolves around leadership, negotiations, and business development. He specializes in the areas of risk and performance management, sales and negotiations.

Fausto currently sits on the Board of the North Limestone CDC and the Lexington Forum. He has been Vice President and President of the Lexington Young Professionals Association. Fausto earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia and a Master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Commerce from the Patterson School at the University of Kentucky. Fausto has been inducted to KSBDC’s annual Million Dollar Loan Club in multiple years. He was awarded the 2014 “One to Watch” award by the Lexington Forum and was named as a LYPA Rising Star in 2012. Fausto was selected as a Top 40 Under 40 Business Leader in 2008. In 2008, he was awarded the Residential Banker of the Year award by the Hispanic Contractors Association of Georgia.
859-257-7666 | fdsarmiento@uky.edu
Becky joined the Bluegrass SBDC in 2011. Currently Becky manages a family business which has previously utilized KSBDC services. Prior to this, Becky has worked as a bookkeeper and paid tax preparer, taught technology at the elementary level and spent 15 years as Data Processing Manager for a Kentucky- based retail company. She has an A. A. in business management and is certified in QuickBooks. Away from work, Becky enjoys boating and spending time with her family and friends.
859-257-7666 | becky.marefat@uky.edu
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Bluegrass SBDC
330 East Main Street, Suite 210
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: (859) 257-7666
Toll-Free: (888) 475-SBDC
Fax: (859) 257-1751

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