LEXINGTON, Ky.– Billions of dollars are spent each year by federal, state and local governments with outside contractors. Significant economic impact can be realized when Kentucky businesses have the opportunity to bid and win these contracts. As such, the Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government will offer workshops to educate and train small-business owners seeking to secure government contracts. All classes are free and open to the public.
“The Kentucky PTAC is continuing to strengthen the economy by providing businesses with the services and resources necessary to become competitive in government contracting,” said Dee Dee Harbut, PTAC director.
The workshops are only a part of the services PTAC offers business to help them navigate toward government contracts. The center’s goal is to support Kentucky businesses as they grow, offering relevant, current and effective consulting and training on topics pertinent to government contracting.
“LFUCG is pleased to partner with PTAC to expand class offerings for minority- and women-owned businesses,” said Marilyn Clark, LFUCG minority business enterprise liaison. “Although some of the workshops are tailored to address minority and women-owned businesses, many will be of interest to any business owner interested in government contracting. We believe stronger businesses create a stronger economy and a better community.”
A variety of upcoming workshops are scheduled in Lexington. These workshops are taught by industry professionals and will educate participants on the process of bidding and winning government contracts. Some of these workshops are scheduled specifically for women- and minority-business owners and veteran entrepreneurs. For more information about workshop offerings including dates, times and location, visit http://kysbdc.ecenterdirect.com/Conferences.action?CenterID=21 .
To register for the PTAC/LFUCG workshops, call Kristy Coates at 859-257-7668 or register online at: http://kysbdc.ecenterdirect.com/Conferences.action?CenterID=21 or go to http://www.lexingtonky.gov/MWBE . PTAC is partially funded by Defense Logistics Agency and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. To learn more about PTAC visit http://www.KentuckyPTAC.com
The PTAC program falls under the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. KSBDC 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/ .
Contact: Dee Dee Harbut, 859-257-7668
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.