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Design Studio Winchester is visionary collaboration; combines design, community development

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Design Studio Winchester, a collaboration between the University of Kentucky and the City of Winchester, seeks to address the question: Is a town made up of its artifacts or its citizens? The new studio, which combines design and community development in one space, respects the artifacts and empowers citizens. A place-based satellite studio where students...

11th annual Kentucky Celebrates Small Business Awards honors successes across the state

Fifteen small businesses from across the commonwealth received recognition for their exceptional business practices and success at the 11th annual Kentucky Celebrates Small Business Awards Ceremony. Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, Kentucky Small Business Development Center state director Kristina Joyce, Small Business Administration acting district director, Robert Coffey and small-business supporters from...

Kristina Joyce named newest director of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center

Kristina Joyce, who has more than 30 years of experience in entrepreneurship, business analysis and economic development, has been named director of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center. “KSBDC’s programs reach many in Kentucky with unique and essential services,” said Nancy Cox, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “We are happy to be the...

SBA Ignite Tour: Administrator Linda McMahon stops in Kentucky to listen to small-business owners

Kentucky Small Business Development Center clients joined Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon on the SBA Ignite Tour. As head of the SBA and the voice of small businesses on the president’s cabinet, McMahon is conducting a nationwide SBA Ignite Tour to listen to small-business owners, educate them and the public about SBA services, advocate for entrepreneurs and drive economic...

Longtime Kentucky Small Business Development Center director Becky Naugle announces retirement

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Becky Naugle, longtime director of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, is retiring May 18. After working with the center for nearly 21 years, and as director for almost 20, Naugle has witnessed a lot of changes in the state’s entrepreneurial environment and contributed to many of those changes. The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part...

Kentucky Small Business Development Center to celebrate Small Business Award winners on May 2

National Small Business week is April 29 – May 5, and the Kentucky Small Business Development Center is ready to celebrate. In partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, KSBDC is preparing for its Kentucky Celebrates Small Business awards ceremony, in the Capitol Rotunda at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 2. The ceremony will honor both the U.S. Small Business Administration award winners and...

Ky. Small Business Development Center offering help for businesses rebuilding after recent floods

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center offers help to businesses who have suffered damage from all of the flooding across the state this year. “Many people do not know that the KSBDC serves business owners throughout the business life cycle. This includes when disaster hits,” said Becky Naugle, state director. “Our counselors are here to help a business weather the storm. With the flooding...

Kentucky Small Business Development Center recognizes staff achievements at annual conference

By Natalie Cunningham Special to KyForward The Kentucky Small Business Development Center recognized staff members for their achievements at the annual fall conference held in Lexington. The center’s state director, Becky Naugle, and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Robert Coffee presented the 2017 Spirit Award to the Murray State University SBDC. The award recognizes the center that demonstrated...

High return on investment a safe bet with Small Business Development Centers

An independent study conducted by James J. Chrisman, professor of management at Mississippi State University, finds once again that the Kentucky Small Business Development Center continues to make a significant positive impact on the state’s economy. Released in July the study found that for every dollar invested in KSBDC $3.03 is returned to the economy, and for every dollar invested directly into...

People in the News: Joynt named president of KyCPA; Fayette diabetes program nationally accredited

Kevin Joynt, CPA, was recognized as president of the Kentucky Society of CPAs (KyCPA) at its Leadership Luncheon and Annual Members Meeting at The Olmsted in Louisville. He officially begins his duties July 1. Joynt is the managing director of Deloitte and Touche LLP’s Louisville office. He has more than 18 years of experience providing audit, accounting, consulting, and tax services to clients...

Kentucky Small Business Development Center recognizes 10 businesses with pacesetters awards

Kentucky’s small businesses were celebrated recently in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort during Kentucky Celebrates Small Business. The Kentucky Small Business Development Center and the Kentucky District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration presented the awards ceremony. Acknowledging the importance of National Small Business Week in the state, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton recognized the...

Small businesses account for 45 percent of state’s private sector workforce, SBDC report shows

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, in collaboration with the University of Kentucky Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky, released the State of Small Business and Entrepreneurship report. The study provides an overview of the important role small businesses play across the state. Key facts from the report are: — Small businesses account for 45 percent of the...

Eight business owners graduate from Lexington Minority and Women Contractor training program

Eight business owners recently graduated from the Lexington Minority and Women Contractor Training Program. The 10-week program provided skills training to minority and women business owners who have at least 50 percent ownership in a contracting business. Eight business owners recently graduated from the Lexington Minority and Women Contractor Training Program. The 10-week program provided skills...

Kentucky Small Business Development Centers celebrating inaugural SBDC Day

Though starting a business has changed dramatically over the last 36 years, the Kentucky Small Business Development Center network has been there throughout. To celebrate the positive effect KSBDC’s consultants have across the state each year, the network of 12 offices will take part in the inaugural SBDC Day Wednesday, March 22. SBDC Day is a national movement created by America’s Small Business...

Nominations for 2017 Pacesetter Awards sought by Kentucky Small Business Development Center

The 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...

Data shows Kentucky Small Business Development Center had major impact state, federal economies

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center significantly contributed to the state and federal economies during the 2014-15 fiscal year, according to an independent study conducted by James J. Chrisman, professor of management, Mississippi State University. The study was completed in June 2016 and shows that small businesses working with the center increased sales and employment figures at a greater...

Kentucky Small Business Development Center recognizes staff achievement at conference

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center recognized staff members for their achievements at the annual fall conference held in Lexington. The center’s state director, Becky Naugle, presented the 2016 Centers of the Year to both the University of Kentucky at Elizabethtown Small Business Development Center and Northern Kentucky University SBDC. This award is presented to the center posting the...

Preparing for Opportunity training series in eastern Kentucky proves successful with 81 participants

The Preparing for Opportunity training series, presented by the Kentucky Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) in partnership with the Letcher County Fiscal Court, recently came to a successful conclusion. “Many of the small businesses in this region wouldn’t have known there are so many agencies with services available to help them without these workshops,” said Jim Ward, Letcher County...

Louisville Small Business Development Center wins prestigious Sutton Landry Star Award

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center announced that the Louisville Small Business Development Center is the recipient of the 2016 Sutton Landry State Star for Kentucky. The Louisville staff will be recognized at a private reception during the America’s Small Business Development Center conference in Orlando, Florida. 2016 State Star Award winners, the Louisville SBDC team. Front to back-...

Kentucky Small Business Development Center hosting statewide Google event

In honor of National Small Business Week, May 1-7, the Kentucky Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) network is partnering with Google to host a statewide event, “Get Found on Google Search and Maps,” on Wednesday, May 4. The event will help businesses claim their local listing and introduces Google My Business, a free tool that allows businesses to manage their information across...