Lexington, Ky., (Nov 20, 2014) – At the annual Kentucky Association for Economic Development Conference, held at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, one of Kentucky Small Business Development Center ’s own took the top honor. Patricia Krausman, University of Kentucky Elizabethtown SBDC director, was named the 2014 Allied Professional of the Year.
This prestigious award was established to recognize economic development professionals who play a key role in the success of economic development via their assistance and expertise in areas such as utilities, job training, construction, education, government and research.
The Kentucky Association for Economic Development consists of more than 600 members that include professionals who share an interest in growing Kentucky’s economy through education, advocacy and developing connections between industry professionals and state and local government officials.
“Given the prestige of this award and the distinguished individuals who have previously received it, I am extremely honored to be this year’s recipient,” Krausman said. “My work wouldn’t be possible without the constant support of our many partners and devoted colleagues at the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, and for that I am particularly grateful. Recognition of the value of the KSBDC’s role in economic development is a testament to the cohesive partnerships that are present in Kentucky.”
Krausman was also inducted into the exclusive Kentucky Small Business Development Center’s Million Dollar Loan Club, having secured more than $8 million for start-up and expanding businesses in 2013. Additionally, her Elizabethtown center was awarded the Michael Rodriguez Traveling Trophy, which acknowledges service goals being met and exceeded during the past year.
The UK Elizabethtown Small Business Development Center serves Breckinridge, Grayson, Green, Hardin, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Taylor and Washington counties. 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/ . To learn more about the Kentucky Association for Economic Development, visit their website http://www.kaedonline.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.