The KSBDC network is pleased to welcome Fausto Sarmiento as a new senior management consultant with the Bluegrass SBDC in Lexington, KY.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 20, 2012) – Fausto Sarmiento has joined the Bluegrass Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as Senior Management Consultant. Prior to joining the Bluegrass SBDC, Sarmiento served as branch sales manager at First American Bank & Trust Company in Athens, Ga. where he provided banking solutions through a consultative business-to-business sales program that incorporated commercial and retail loan production and business development.
Fluent in Spanish and English, Sarmiento will help the Bluegrass SBDC expand services to the areas’ Hispanic population. “We are excited to have Fausto joining our team,” Shirie Hawkins, Bluegrass SBDC Center Director, said. “His experience in the banking and consulting industry coupled with his fluency in Spanish will be a true asset to the program.”
Sarmiento holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia and a Master’s in diplomacy and international commerce from the Patterson School at the University of Kentucky. In 2008 he was selected as a Top 40 Under 40 Business Leader and received the Hispanic Contractors Association of Georgia’s Residential Banker of the Year Award . In 2005, he received First American Bank and Trust’s Quality Service Award .
As the Bluegrass SBDC Senior Management Consultant, Sarmiento will be based in the Lexington office, located at 330 East Main Street, Suite 201. The Kentucky Small Business Development Center is a network of 15 offices located throughout the commonwealth that help existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. These services include no-cost confidential business consultations and affordable business workshops, seminars and research to make informed business decisions.
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.