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KSBDC client Nymbl Systems gains attention at national showcase

February 18, 2019 | By: Natalie Cunningham
LEXINGTON, Ky., – Nymbl Systems founder, University of Kentucky graduate and Kentucky Small Business Development Center client, Josh Lau was chosen as one of 11 SBDC clients from across the country to present at America’s Small Business Development Center’s 2019 Client Showcase and reception in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Representative Steve Chabot of Ohio, ranking member of the House Committee on Small Business, addressed the reception guests.
“The Kentucky SBDC is proud to see Kentucky represented among such an elite group of small-business owners. Small business is the backbone of our economy and we are excited to see our client, Josh Lau, receive the national attention he deserves,” said Kristina Joyce, Kentucky SBDC director.
Nymbl Systems was chosen to present at this showcase for their innovative technology and rapid growth.
“We’re extremely fortunate to visit Capitol Hill and work with the Kentucky Small Business Development Center on our start up,” said Josh Lau.
Nymbl Systems is a Lexington-based software company that meets the needs of prosthetic and orthotic practices. Nymbl simplifies the complicated situation of health care into an easy to use interface that allows the user to spend less time on paperwork and more time serving patients. In the past year, the business has grown from two to nine employees.
KSBDC, part of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 12 offices located throughout the state. The center helps existing and start-up 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 their website, http://www.ksbdc.org/.
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Natalie Cunningham, 859-257-0104

Kentucky Small Business Development Center names new director

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Oct. 1, 2018) — Kristina Joyce, who has more than 30 years of experience in entrepreneurship, business analysis and economic development, has been named director of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center.
“KSBDC’s programs reach many in rural Kentucky with unique and essential services,” said Nancy Cox, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “We are happy to be the administrative host for the program and look forward to Kristina Joyce’s leadership.”
The Kentucky Small Business Development Center is a network of 12 offices located throughout the state. The center helps existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. KSBDC is an accredited partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
“We are happy to welcome Kristina to Kentucky as the next Small Business Development Center state director,” said Alison Davis, interim KSBDC director and director of the University of Kentucky’s Community and Economic Development Center of Kentucky. “Kristina brings experience both in the public and private sectors as well as a deep knowledge of Appalachia. At the end of the day, KSBDC’s primary focus is on helping individuals create new business and providing support to expand existing businesses across the entire state. With Kristina’s leadership, we are certain the program will continue to build upon a reputation of excellence.”
Joyce earned a bachelor’s degree in art and education from Marshall University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Grand Canyon University. She has completed professional graduate studies from Harvard University Extension School and earned a certified training certificate from the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative.
From 2009 through 2017, Joyce was the state director of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center. During her time as state director, she was elected to the America’s SBDC Foundation, America’s SBDC Board of Directors and the America’s SBDC Accreditation Committee.
Her most recent position was as program administrator for the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Entrepreneurship and Business Coaching Center. The Entrepreneurship and Business Coaching Center provides technical assistance and training to ensure that new and existing small businesses and entrepreneurs are being provided the highest level of service to optimize their success rates in southern West Virginia.
Joyce is also CEO for two companies. KJoyce Enterprises LLC is a consulting firm that provides professional advice, training and deliverables in the areas of business development, project planning, strategic execution and entrepreneurship for private, public and academic organizations. KristinaKreative LLC is a creative arts business, specializing in commissions, art instruction, workshop design and delivery.
Her past board appointments include TechConnect WV, West Virginia Regional Contracting Assistance Center, West Virginia District Export Council, BridgeValley Community and Technical College Advisory Board, West Virginia State Curriculum Advisory Board for Career and Technical Education, and West Virginia University BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Advisory Council. She has been a member of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the Central Appalachian Network Entrepreneurship Support Group, Public Relations Society of America, Toastmasters International, Rotary International and various arts associations in several states.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Tamarack Foundation for the Arts.
Kristina has designed entrepreneurship curricula and training programs for Michigan State University, West Virginia University, West Virginia State University and the University of Charleston.
For now, she’s looking forward to working to enhance the prospects for Kentucky’s small businesses.
“Entrepreneurship and small business success is vital to a thriving economy,” Joyce said. “The Kentucky Small Business Development Center has played a major role in supporting the state’s businesses for over 35 years with trusted advising and expert education. As the new state director of KSBDC, my goal will be to heighten the visibility of small businesses and partner with others who understand the economic impact of entrepreneurship.”
Joyce’s first day on the job will be Oct. 1.
For more information on KSBDC, visit http://www.ksbdc.org.

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, through its land-grant mission, reaches across the commonwealth with teaching, research and extension to enhance the lives of Kentuckians.

Rebecca Volpe named 2018 Sutton Landry State Star

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Sept. 13, 2018) – Rebecca Volpe, Northern Kentucky University Small Business Development Center director, was named the Sutton Landry State Star by the American Small Business Development Center.
Annually, the center awards the title to one member from each of the 63 national networks. Award recipients are selected for their significant contributions to their center’s program and dedication to assisting small businesses.
Volpe earned this honor for her outstanding achievements in supporting the small business community of Northern Kentucky. With her help, her client Mavis Linnemann-Clark also won the Small Business Administration’s Kentucky Owned Small Business of the Year honor.
Volpe recently was recognized at a private reception during the American Small Business Development Center conference in Washington, D.C.
Volpe has been with the Northern Kentucky University Small Business Development Center since 2012. She brought to the center more than 18 years of experience in business and credit analysis, financial underwriting, business development, deal packaging and more. Over the course of her career, Volpe has assisted businesses and real estate developers in attracting more than $30 million in capital.
The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part of the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 13 offices located throughout the state. The center helps existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. KSBDC is an accredited partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information on KSBDC visit www.ksbdc.org.
Writer: Natalie Cunningham, 859-257-7666

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, through its land-grant mission, reaches across the commonwealth with teaching, research and extension to enhance the lives of Kentuckians.

KSBDC ready to help businesses rebuild after flood damage

By Natalie Cunningham
LEXINGTON, Ky., (March 23, 2018) – The Kentucky Small Business Development Center offers help to businesses who have suffered damage from all of the flooding Kentucky has experienced this year.
“Many people do not know that the KSBDC serves business owners throughout the business life cycle. This includes when disaster hits,” said Becky Naugle, state director. “Our counselors are here to help a business weather the storm. With the flooding throughout Kentucky, we would like to encourage business owners to visit their local SBDC office, and to utilize our Disaster Recovery Toolkit on our website, KSBDC.org.”
KSBDC’s Disaster Recovery Toolkit includes a step-by-step guide on how to properly assess the damage to your business and how to prepare to re-open. The site also contains links to valuable resources. To download your copy of the Disaster Recovery Toolkit, visit https://www.ksbdc.org/disaster-recovery.
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 start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. KSBDC is an accredited partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information on KSBDC, visit http://www.ksbdc.org.
Writer: Natalie Cunningham, 859-257-7668

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, through its land-grant mission, reaches across the commonwealth with teaching, research and extension to enhance the lives of Kentuckians.