Below are answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Best Bets list and Kentucky’s Proof publication.

Who developed this program?2017-11-13T16:07:36+00:00

The Best Bets list and Kentucky Proof publication were developed by Dean Dorton and The Lane Report.

Can my company see the application before we submit it?2019-11-13T21:09:12+00:00

Yes, contact Julia Ray via email or phone (502-566-1031) to receive a PDF copy.

What happens after I submit my application?2017-11-13T16:08:17+00:00

As soon as you click “Submit,” you will receive a confirmation email letting you know we received your application. If we need additional information, we will contact you. If you are selected for this year’s Best Bets list, you will be notified by March 16. Otherwise, look for Kentucky Proof to hit your mailbox mid-April.

How long does it take to complete the application?2017-11-06T20:35:42+00:00

Approximately 10-15 minutes.

Is there a cost to participate?2017-11-06T20:32:38+00:00

No. There is no cost for a company to be considered and awarded this honor or to be featured in the editorial feature Kentucky Proof.

What information will be published?2017-11-13T16:12:24+00:00

The Best Bets list and Kentucky Proof publication will feature the following information:

  • Company name
  • Company location (City/Region only; no full address)
  • Year the company was founded
  • CEO name
  • May contain revenue, capital investment, and employee headcount RANGES

No specific revenue, capital investment, or employee headcount numbers will be published as that information will be kept confidential as is only used to verify certain criteria.

Our company has operations within Kentucky but the majority of our sales are not within the state of Kentucky. Are we eligible to participate?2017-11-06T20:23:29+00:00


We are a parent holding company located outside of Kentucky, but have subsidiaries operating in Kentucky. Each company has its own Employer Identification Number (EIN). Should I submit just one application as the parent company or separate applications for each subsidiary?2017-11-13T19:55:08+00:00

Please submit one (1) application under the parent company’s name. The other information you provide within the application should be answered in regards to your location(s) in Kentucky.

My company has employees working in the state of Kentucky but we do not have a physical office location. Are we eligible to participate?2017-11-06T19:49:46+00:00

Yes, you are eligible to participate as long as you have employees working in Kentucky and are able to provide an in-state mailing address for your business.

When are the “Best Bets” announced?2019-11-13T21:10:27+00:00

Those chosen as a “Best Bets” will be contacted by March 20, 2020. The list of 2019 Best Bets will be published by The Lane Report in March 2020 and the editorial publication, Kentucky’s Proof, will be published and mailed in April 2020.

Who will see my application information?2017-11-13T16:19:37+00:00

Certified Public Accountants at Dean Dorton will see your application information and verify application criteria. Kentucky’s Proof editorial content will be written by team members of Dean Dorton and Bim Group. Contact information will be shared with The Lane Report in order to make sure you receive the publication, Kentucky’s Proof. None of your application information will be shared with any others or third-parties.

Is my submitted information confidential?2017-11-13T16:21:11+00:00


Through the application process, Dean Dorton will be collecting, analyzing and evaluating company data and other sensitive information.  Dean Dorton is committed to upholding the highest levels of confidentiality with regard to participation and collected information.

At no time will individual or company specific information and data gathered through the Best Bets application be released to any third party, for any reason, without the advance written permission of the company.  Data collected from the group as a whole, through the application process will be used in group benchmarking reports and for trending purposes.

For the sole purposes of publishing the Best Bets list and special sections, Dean Dorton will utilize employer information to assist with the development of the special publication Kentucky’s Proof, website and/or recognition. The information released will be limited to the data gathered through the application. Any such information used in a public forum will be positive in nature and will only reflect positively on the company.

Information regarding the participation of a company in current or prior years will not be released unless the company has made the list and that distinction has been made public.

If you have any questions about this confidentiality information, please call Jenny Patterson at (502) 566-1072.

What if my company completes the application but then needs to withdraw?2019-11-13T21:11:13+00:00

All companies that submit an application are considered active in the Best Bets list and publication process. If your company wishes to withdraw, please contact Julia Ray via email or by phone at 502-566-1031.