Carl Nathe

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UK's KSBDC Names 2013 Kentucky Pacesetters

Published: May 22, 2013
 LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 22, 2013) — The Kentucky Small Business Development Center (KSBDC), headquartered at the University of Kentucky, this morning inducted nine high performing second-stage businesses into the sixth class of the Kentucky Business Pacesetter Program

 

Winners were recognized at the Kentucky Celebrates Small Businesses event in Frankfort.  Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and KSBDC State Director Becky Naugle presented the awards at the Capitol in front of state and local officials and community representatives. This week, May 20-24, is National Small Business Week.

 

The Kentucky Business Pacesetter Program recognizes Kentucky-based businesses that are changing the economic landscape of the Commonwealth by introducing innovative products, increasing sales and boosting employment.  The businesses inducted into this year’s sixth class of Kentucky Business Pacesetters include:

 

Artemis Electronics, LLC                            Prospect

Browns Valley Truck Equipment                Utica

Drug Testing Centers of America               Paintsville

Giovanni’s Pizza                                         Pikeville

Great Northern Building Products, LLC      Louisville

Lexington Contracting, LLC                        Lexington

Measure Consumer Perspectives              Louisville

NaugaNeedles, LLC                                   Louisville

Unique Granite and Marble                        Owensboro

 

The Kentucky Business Pacesetter Program and the Kentucky Celebrates Small Businesses event represent a collaborative effort between the KSBDC and the United States Small Business Administration (SBA). In addition to recognizing Pacesetter recipients, the SBA recognized Mehdi Yazdanpanah, CEO and founder of NaugaNeedles, LLC as the Kentucky Small Business Person of the Year. The following small business advocates were also recognized:

 

2013 Kentucky Financial Services Advocate of the Year

Donna Smith, owner of Donna J. Smith & Co.; co-owner of Stivers & Associates PSC

2013 Kentucky Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year
Dee Dee Harbut, special programs director, Kentucky Small Business Development Center

2013 Kentucky Women Business Advocate of the Year
Joyce Green, owner of Jordan Hill Farm & Karizma LLC; founder of Business Babes Society

2013 Kentucky Veteran Small Business Advocate of the Year
Patricia Krausman, center director, University of Kentucky Small Business Development Center

 

The KSBDC  is a network of 15 offices located throughout the state that help 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 (SBA). For more information on the KSBDC visit www.ksbdc.org.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Sarah Magargee-Hineman, 859-257-7661/859-285-7878; Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200.

 

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