Oscarware Inc. joins an elite group of Kentucky businesses being honored with a 2008 Pacesetter Award. President and Owner Debra Dudley and Jeff Dudley, Vice President, accepted the award at the Kentucky Celebrates Small Businesses event held at the Thomas Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort. The Pacesetter Business Recognition Program is a new initiative that acknowledges high performing second-stage businesses that are changing the economic landscape of Kentucky by introducing innovative products; increasing sales and/or production; boosting employment; and, serving the communities of the Commonwealth.
Oscarware Inc., a certified women-owned business enterprise, manufactures outdoor barbecue toppers and camping accessories. Oscarware is proud inventor and the only domestic manufacturer of its products which include porcelain coated grill toppers, wok toppers, griddles and expanded aluminum disposable toppers. Oscarware Inc. received a 2008 Pacesetter Award for numerous reasons including: sustainable growth as demonstrated by national contracts with Meijer, Kroger, Wal-Mart and General Dollar; innovative and continual product development; and, entrepreneurial leadership that earned the company the regional 2007 “Women Business Enterprise of the Year” award.
“Oscarware’s rich history of product innovation along with the employment opportunities they provide to the citizens of Hart County prove they are a successful business that others aspire to emulate,” said Becky Naugle, Ph.D., State Director, Kentucky Small Business Development Center. “It is an honor that a business of this caliber chooses to do business in Kentucky.
Each of the twelve businesses distinguished with a 2008 Pacesetter Award demonstrate the capacity and intent to grow. In addition to Oscarware, honorees include:
The Pacesetter Business Recognition Program and the Kentucky Celebrates Small Businesses event are a collaborative effort between the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, headquartered at the University of Kentucky’s Office of Commercialization and Economic Development; the United States Small Business Administration; Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development; and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis – Louisville Branch. The Pacesetter Business Recognition Program will be an annual event honoring high performing second-stage businesses.