SBA Administrator Visits Kentucky
SBA Administrator Karen Mills visited the SBA Kentucky District Office in Louisville on October 5. While at the District Office, she met with the SBA Kentucky Team as well as District Resource Partners. The Administrator then attended the National Association of Women Business Owners’ national conference in Louisville, where she participated in a Question and Answer session with Ms. Diane Tomb, President and CEO of NAWBO® National, during a luncheon session. Over 500 woman business owners attended the two-day conference, and SBA had a booth with information about its programs and services at the event.
Ralph Ross, the SBA Kentucky District Director, stated, “According to the recent American Express OPEN State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, women in the U.S. are starting new businesses at about 150% of the national rate. However, most of these women-owned small businesses remain below the 100-employee and/or $1 million revenue threshold. That is why organizations such as NAWBO are so important. There is also a new Women's Business Center of Kentucky, which helps level the playing field for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the world of business.”
SBA Administrator Karen Mills (L) and NAWBO National President/CEO Diane Tomb (R) at the NAWBO National Conference in Louisville, KY.
Kentucky SBDC Employees Receive Recognition
Patricia Krausman, Director of the University of Kentucky Small Business Development Center in Elizabethtown, KY, received the 2012 Sutton Landry State Star Award of the Kentucky SBDC. A 19-year employee of the KSBDC, Krausman also is the statewide program manager for the KSBDC Veterans Assistance Program and has received numerous other awards during her tenure at the KSBDC.
Dee Dee Harbut, Director of Special Programs for the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, was recently reappointed as the chair of the Governor’s Minority Employment, Business Affairs and Economic Development Council. The council operates within the Kentucky’s Governor’s Office of Minority Employment.
SBA Kentucky District Office
600 Dr. M.L. King, Jr. Place
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-582-5971 + Extension Number
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Chief of Finance, Microloan Program Officer, Surety Bond Liaison
Phil Danhauer email@example.com Ext. 243
Lender Relations Specialist and Veterans’ Affairs Officer
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Business Development Specialist, 8(a) Business Development,
District International Trade Officer and KSBDC Project Officer
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Western Kentucky Territory
Tommie Causey firstname.lastname@example.org Ext. 237
Economic Development Specialist, Central Kentucky Territory,
Public Information Officer and Women’s Business Ownership Representative
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Alternate Work Site (AWS) Somerset, Senior Area Manager,
HUBZone Liaison, Southern Kentucky Territory
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Procurement Center Representative
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District Counsel – Kentucky and North Florida
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