Business growth throughout Kentucky is critical to the continued expansion of our economy and is vital to job creation throughout the Commonwealth. In conjunction with The Lane Report, Dean Dorton is proud to recognize the distinct and esteemed companies that are impacting Kentucky’s economic development through a new special report, Kentucky’s Proof, and the Best Bets list.
“We created the Best Bets list to highlight the unbelievable talent and innovation happening with Kentucky companies,” said David Bundy, President & CEO, Dean Dorton. “We’ve seen tremendous growth and change in our state throughout the last twenty years, and the companies on this list are often the initiators of that progress, something we want and need to celebrate.”
The Best Bets list is based on several factors including the revenue figures provided, re-investment in the company, employee investment, and other achievements. The Best Bets list will be featured in the March edition of TheLane Report followed by a special publication in April called Kentucky’s Proof.Kentucky’s Proof will provide insight into where Kentucky’s growth currently stems from, where future growth and investment may occur, along with the value the Best Bets companies bring to the economic growth of Kentucky.
The Best Bets list is different – this exciting initiative is dedicated to identifying and recognizing Kentucky’s economic drivers!
Be an independent, for-profit, privately-held company.
Have an average revenue of at least $1 million for the three most recent years (2015, 2016, 2017).
Be headquartered in Kentucky. Foreign ownership companies are permitted to apply as long as at least 50% of the revenue remains in-state. Ownership by private equity is also permitted.
Have a three-year operating sales history.
Application/Nominations Open: Applications are currently closed but will re-open in November 2018; Nomination submissions may be made throughout the year
Application Closes: February 2019
Winners Notified: March 2019
Kentucky’s Proof Published and Distributed: First edition – April 2018
After the application period closes, the selection committee will evaluate all applicants. Selected honorees will be contacted to schedule a brief interview with an executive for the related Kentucky’s Proof publication.