KSBDC is open and operating during the government shut down. We hope to limit the impact to our clients as much as possible. We are a partner program of the U. S. Small Business Administration and the degree of impact of the shutdown on our services is limited at this time. The length of the shutdown will determine the impact on our services. Since we do not know how long the shutdown will last, we are asking our staff to limit travel. KSBDC may not be able make circuit rides or go to client sites as much as we would like during the next couple of weeks. Hopefully, we will be back to our regular services and travel soon.
- Becky Naugle, KSBDC State Director
Citizens of the Commonwealth will be applauding manufacturing and its wide-reaching economic benefits during Celebrate Manufacturing in Kentucky the week of September 30 – October 4.
Joining states around the country during National Manufacturing Week, Kentucky’s manufacturing facilities will be conducting tours, open houses, hosting local school field trips and community forums. The week will be cap stoned by the announcement of Kentucky’s Manufacturer and Employee of the Year at an awards luncheon in Louisville on Friday, October 4.
Manufacturing is Kentucky’s number one economic drive representing 17% of the Commonwealth’s Gross Domestic Product. Manufacturing provides 215,000 careers for our friends and family members. Manufacturing guarantees a strong and diverse economy for local communities, resulting in a job creation multiplier of 3:1.
Local manufacturing jobs make every economic sector stronger from housing, to local schools, to the food and service industries. Businesses on Main Street, gas stations, hair salons and furniture stores all benefit from a strong, local manufacturing base and the opportunities these careers create.
Join in. Attend an event. Write a letter to your local newspaper or the Mayor. Let your neighbors know that you appreciate the role manufacturing plays in your town.
New training program offered for women- and minority-owned businesses
Women or minorities who own businesses can benefit from a new six-week training program that covers all aspects of business from accounting basics to hiring and firing employees. Fifth-Third Bank, the Kentucky Small Business Development Center and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government are teaming up to offer the Lexington Minority and Women Business Training Program. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. one day a week beginning on September 25. The application deadline is Wednesday, September 11. Read More →
The deadline for minority and women-owned businesses to apply for the Lexington Minority & Women Contractor Training Program is December 2, 2013. Classes for the next session will begin January 7, 2014 and will be held at the BlueGrass Airport, 4000 Terminal Drive, Lexington, KY. Read More →
Lexington, Ky – (June 6, 2013) – Becky Naugle, State Director of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, was inducted into the Lexington NAWBO Hall of Fame at the 2013 NAWBO Winners’ Circle event, held in Lexington on April 11, 2013.
Naugle is the second recipient of this high honor in the history of the Lexington chapter of NAWBO. In 1998 Lewis Owens, publisher of the Lexington-Herald Leader, received the first NAWBO Hall of Fame Award. Fifteen years later, NAWBO was moved to bestow the Hall of Fame Award on another NAWBO “guardian angel.” NAWBO Chapter President Amy Johnson presented the Naugle with the award.
The KSBDC has been a longtime corporate partner and Winners’ Circle sponsor for many years. Under the leadership of Naugle many of NAWBO members have been featured speakers at KSBDC conferences and training seminars, as well as recipients of dozens of prestigious SBA awards statewide and nationally. KSBDC has brought several nationally known authors and speakers to their Lexington conferences and has allowed NAWBO the honor of co-hosting these outstanding events with them.
Becky is well-known for her work to promote [NAWBO] businesses to any prospective business clients she may encounter, in addition to speaking out for woman-owned businesses to countless legislators for many years. The fact that she grew up working in a family-owned business and owned her own business for ten years has no doubt provided Becky with the work experience and sensitivity to all of the issues that our NAWBO members face each day in our own businesses. She truly has the devoted heart of a woman business owner.
- Janey Moores, NAWBO member
The Kentucky Business Pacesetter Program recognizes Kentucky businesses that are changing the economic landscape by introducing innovative products, increasing sales and/or production, boosting employment and serving the communities of the commonwealth. Read More →
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 3, 2013) – The Kentucky Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) will induct the sixth class of the Kentucky Business Pacesetters on May 22 in Frankfort at the Capitol Rotunda. The Kentucky Business Pacesetter Program honors high performing, second-stage businesses that are producing innovative products, increasing sales, creating jobs and serving communities in Kentucky.
This year’s outstanding Kentucky businesses are: Read More →
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 30, 2013) – The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is partnering with a number of local, state and federal organizations to host a series of free seminars designed to educate small business owners and entrepreneurs on resources available to help them start, grow and sustain their businesses.
The series, Kentucky: Here We Grow Business, will begin in February and run through June, stopping in all 15 of Kentucky’s Area Development Districts. Read More →
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2012) — Small town retailers and restaurant businesses are the heart of our communities, so helping to ensure they thrive is vital to the local, state, and national economy.
The Kentucky Small Business Development Center’s (KSBDC) Small Town Merchant Program (STMP) will bring custom retail and restaurant business audits to small towns across the state. These business audits will assess everything from curb size appeal, merchandising, pricing structure and much more. Skilled SBDC consultants will then help business owners address weaknesses to strengthen and grow their businesses. Read More →
In between the Black Friday sales and the Cyber Monday deals is Small Business Saturday (November 24th) – a day set aside to support the small businesses that play a vital role in creating jobs and economic opportunities all across the country. Read More →