• In Business for 3 or more years
  • Employ six or more full-time equivalent employees, including the owner
  • Annual sales meet or exceed $500,000
  • Demonstrate an intent and capacity to grow


  • Promotional Video highlighting your business
  • Invitation to Kentucky Celebrates Small Businesses Awards 
  • Commemorative program
  • Award inscribed with your company’s name
  • Use of the official Pacesetter logo
  • Customized press release to announce the award to local media and trade associations.
  • Joining an elite group of Kentucky businesses recognized for contributions to the economy of the Commonwealth
Annual Kentucky Business Pacesetter Award Program

The Pacesetter Business Recognition Program recognizes high performing second-stage businesses that are producing innovative products, increasing sales, creating jobs and serving communities of the Commonwealth. Winners will be selected based on their intent and capacity to grow based on two or more of the following categories:
  • Growth in number of employees
  • Increase in sales and/or unit volume
  • Innovativeness of the product of service
  • Response to adversity
  • Employee engagement and commitment
  • Contribution to aide community-oriented projects
  • Other criteria contributing to the business’ success
Nominations are open for the 2018 Kentucky Pacesetters - Deadline is March 1, 2018.

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