Dr. Ira J. Bates wanted to do something completely different after retiring from a 40-year career as a health care executive. “I always wanted to build my own home,” Bates said. “I wanted to retire in a 21st century home with as many features of a modern, comfortable ‘green’ building that I could think of.”
For the next six years Bates worked on building his dream home atop a hill overlooking the Red Lick Valley near Berea.
Now completed, the building features contemporary architecture and was constructed using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria and in- novations. The home is a certified five-star energy home with geothermal heating and cooling and extensive use of day-lighting. Both natural and recycled materials from local suppliers were used whenever possible.
Once the home was completed Bates began exploring what was next on his retirement agenda. Intrigued by the concept of “green lodging,” Bates decided to share his home with others by opening a bed and breakfast. Bates worked closely with Michael Rodriguez and the Eastern Kentucky University SBDC to develop a business plan and identify what other steps had to be taken prior to opening. Bates also attended several training courses offered by the SBDC.
The Pinnacle View Inn would not have been possible without the extensive assistance of the EKU Small Business Development Center. I faced many technical problems along the way that were critical to my success. The EKU SBDC was a wonderful resource.
– Dr. Ira Bates, Owner
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.