Tree of the Field, of Paint Lick, 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 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.
Business community thanks local lawmakers
Lawmakers from both political parties introduced, debated, and voted for many pieces of legislation to help strengthen the Commonwealth’s business climate during the most recent session of the General Assembly, according to Kentucky Chamber press releases.
State Sen. Jared Carpenter and State Rep. Les Yates each voted to help grow job opportunities and spur economic growth in Kentucky 100% of the time, the release notes.
“Kentucky’s employers create not only jobs but opportunities for the people of our state. They invest in our communities and strengthen local economies.” Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson said.
“We appreciate legislators in Frankfort like Senator Carpenter (and Representative Yates) who understand the importance of making Kentucky a more business-friendly state.”
Each year, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce tracks legislation important to the business community and how Kentucky’s 138 legislators vote on these bills. In their annual report, “Results for Business” the Chamber reports on those bills that came to the Senate floor for consideration.
“In order to make more opportunities possible for Madison County, I’ll always fight for policies that result in good paying jobs and that help our local businesses grow.” Carpenter said.
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