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Area businesses named ‘pacesetters’ by small business development center

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2012) — Inductees into the fifth class of the Kentucky Business Pacesetters were announced today by Becky Naugle, director of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center State

The businesses being honored for their positive impact on Kentucky’s economy and communities include: G&R Reclamation (Horse Cave); First In Trailer, Inc. (Walton); Kalleo Technologies (Paducah); Bluegrass Veterinary Specialists (Lexington); Innovative Workflow Technologies (Henderson); John O’s Market (Elizabethtown); Global Environmental Services (Georgetown); Boneal, Inc. (Means); fermSOLUTIONS (Danville); Troll and Toad.com (Corbin); Air Hydro Power, Inc. (Louisville); and D&M Contracting (Richmond).

Winners were selected based on nominations that indicated that each business is changing the economic landscape of Kentucky by introducing innovative products; increasing sales and/or production; boosting employment; and serving the communities of Kentucky. Each of the winning businesses demonstrated the intent and capacity to grow based on employee and sales growth, entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage and additional notable factors.

“This awards program highlights the outstanding quality of small businesses operating in and contributing to Kentucky’s economy,” Naugle said. “It is an absolute pleasure to commend their many successes.”

Winners will be recognized in front of government leaders, small business owners and advocates at the Kentucky Celebrates Small Business awards ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, in Frankfort.

In addition to the recognition ceremony, winners will attend a private luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion, receive an award inscribed with their company’s name, a promotional video highlighting their business and its success, and a profile of their company will be featured in a commemorative program.

For more information about the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, or to locate a center near you, visit www.ksbdc.org or call 1-859-257-7668.