By Natalie Cunningham
Frankfort, Ky., (May 8, 2019) – Tree of the Field of Paint Lick, KY and nine other small businesses from across the Commonwealth received Kentucky Small Business Development Center (Kentucky SBDC) Pacesetter awards for their exemplary business practices and growth.
The Kentucky Celebrates Small Business awards ceremony celebrates the accomplishments, hard work, and courage of Kentucky entrepreneurs. This joint celebration between the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Kentucky SBDC honors both Kentucky SBDC Pacesetters and SBA award winners. For the first time, the Pacesetter Awards honored startup businesses alongside the traditional second-stage companies commonly showcased at the event.
Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton, Kentucky SBDC State Director, Kristina Joyce, SBA Acting District Director, Robert Coffey, and small business supporters from across the state gathered Wednesday, May 8 in the Capitol rotunda to honor Tree Of The Field with a Startup Business Pacesetter award.
Tree of the Field is a rural, entrepreneurial agribusiness that makes every effort to use renewable resources, locally sourced materials, environmentally responsible practices, and responsible decisions. Tree Of The Field believes in what they do and why they do it. In March of 2018, Tree Of The Field acquired RediFlame, makers of the Skeeterlog®.
A significant setback occurred in late 2018 when their joint venture agreement came to an abrupt halt due to their partner losing the lease on the production facility. Tree Of The Field was forced to relocate and rebuild production operations in Eastern Kentucky. Throughout this arduous process, owner Dr. Robin Richmond Mason kept pressing forward and negotiating licensing and distribution deals with the likes of Tractor Supply and Whole Foods, creating new product partnerships and expanding her e-commerce presence.
Dr. Mason believes that Rediflame is just beginning to explore their product line potential and she has several exciting developments nearly ready to launch onto the market.
As part of their Pacesetter award, Tree Of The Field received a promotional video. View all Pacesetter winner promotional videos on the Kentucky SBDC Youtube page, www.youtube.com/kysmallbiz.
2019 Pacesetter honorees include:
Startup Business Pacesetters:
Fedders Construction, Newport KY
Nymbl Systems, Lexington KY
Paws Town, LLC, Owensboro KY
Tree Of The Field, Paint Lick, KY
Traditional Business Pacesetters:
American Metal Works, Paintsville KY
freight house, Paducah KY
J-Mack BBQ, LLC, Gilbertsville, KY
Running Soles, LLC, Elizabethtown, KY
Straight Cut Tree Services, LLC, Corbin, KY
U.S. SBA award winners include:
Kentucky Small Business Person of the Year: Paul Isenberg, Bowling Green, KY
Kentucky Financial Services Advocate of the Year – SBA Bank Lender: Barry Frazier, Mount Sterling, KY
Kentucky Financial Services Advocate of the Year – SBA Microlender: Regina Becknell, Paintsville, KY
Rural Small Business Person of the Year: Michelle Tapscott, Gilbertsville, KY
Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year: Will Rivera, Elizabethtown, KY
The Kentucky Small Business Development Center’s Pacesetter Recognition Program honors high-performing second stage and startup businesses that are producing innovative products, increasing sales, creating jobs, and serving communities of the Commonwealth.
The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 12 offices located throughout the state. The center helps existing, and startup businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. Kentucky SBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information on Kentucky SBDC services visit http://www.ksbdc.org/.