Small businesses receive big honors at ceremony

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – In the spirit of small business week, small business owners who have changed Kentucky’s economic landscape through innovation and application received awards from Governor Steve Beshear at an awards ceremony in Frankfort.

Awards were selected based on statewide economic stimulation, product innovation, increased sales or production, and other factors.  Three agencies handed out awards: the U.S. Small Business Administration Awards, the National Association of Women Business Owners, and the Pacesetter Business Recognition Program.

This year’s outstanding Kentucky Pacesetters are:

A.C.E. Compressor Services Inc., Mayfield
Green River Appliance, Owensboro
Stewart and Stafford Inc., Pikeville
Sustainment Solutions Inc., Lancaster

The 2015 Kentucky Small Business Administration award winners are:

Kentucky Small Business Person of the Year: Scott Shinn, president and CEO of Sustainment Solutions Inc.
Kentucky 8(a) Graduate of the Year: Kathy Mills, president and CEO of Strategic Communications
Kentucky SBA Resource Partner of the Year: David Oetken, director of Small Business Development Center Louisville
Kentucky Financial Services Advocate of the Year: Mark Strother, president and CEO of Commercial Bank of Grayson
Kentucky Home Based Business of the Year: Nicole Mueller, president and owner of Startup Productions LLC
Kentucky Woman Small Business Advocate of the Year: Michelle Gorman, small business specialist at U.S. Bank of Bowling Green
Kentucky Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Shane Hamilton, president and owner of Service Maids LLC

The Lexington chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners presented the following awards:

Woman Business Owner of the Year: Dr. Jennifer Fuson, owner of Lexington Women’s Health
Member of the Year: Karen Boone, owner of Kreations by Karen
Tribute Award: Ericka Harney, executive director of Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance
Rising Star Award: Kelly King Bakehorn, owner and president of The Grand Reserve and The Barrel House
Legacy Award: Kathy Gornik, president and CEO of Aperture Consulting

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