Achievements Through Action, LLC of Somerset, 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 businesses 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 Achievements Through Actions with a Startup Business Pacesetter award.

Achievements Through Actions provides support to adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Pulaski County, KY.

Their New Business Startup Pacesetter honor was well earned. As soon as Achievements Through Actions opened, they were faced with overwhelming demand for their services. Their immediate and strategic growth showcased the business acumen of owner Jay Picard. The company now operates three group homes, has ten day habilitation clients, and have hired 22 people. As of the end of February 2019, Achievements Through Actions had doubled their original financial projections.

As a certified Supports for Community Living (SCL) center, the company takes pride in placing the individual's needs first. They operate group homes and provide day habilitation services to developmentally disabled individuals. The Day Habilitation helps clients acquire and maintain life skills that enable them to cope more effectively with the demands of independent living.

As part of their Pacesetter award Achievements Through Actions received a promotional video. View all Pacesetter winner promotional videos on the Kentucky SBDC Youtube page,

Other 2019 Pacesetter honorees include:

Startup Business Pacesetters:

Achievements Through Actions, Somerset, KY.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. KSBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information on KSBDC services visit