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A native of Louisville, KY, Kena Samuels Stith is deeply rooted in her community.  Kena obtained her accounting degree from the University of Louisville.  In November 1999, with an accounting degree from the University of Louisville in hand, she opened SKS Accounting & Consulting Firm, Inc.  Kena’s corporate office offers comprehensive accounting and consulting services, including loan packaging, payroll, management, bookkeeping, and tax services.  She also has added several tax-focused locations in Louisville and in 2004 expanded with a payroll division called Payroll Network.  The Pre-Loan Business Packaging Preparation Division has been expanded as well.

Kena’s vision was to offer more than the usual accounting business, especially in the form of service, including to underserved communities of Louisville.  For example, while SKS was installing a POS terminal at a local restaurant, Kena realized the owner was short on help during a lunch rush. She helped wait on those... Read More

Mr. Donovan Wadsworth, founder of D&M Contracting, Inc., a military veteran, started the company in 2000, and, with his partner at the time, incorporated the business in 2004.  Since then, the business has evolved into a full-service restoration company that provides fire, water and wind damage repair services for locally and nationally-owned insurance companies. 

The innovativeness of their service and product offerings comes through both their unique specialty and their ability to provide excellent quality of work to many consumers.  They employ state-of-the-art estimation software that not only produces accurate restoration estimates for customers but also contains the groundbreaking ability to produce 3-D aerial images of the anticipated finished work.  Mr. Wadsworth built this business model as a way to not only offer this distinctive service but also to survive in such a challenging economy.  They have received extremely positive feedback from clients.

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Almost Home Boarding and Training, LLC and All Pets Veterinary Center, LLC are co-located in a new facility dedicated solely for pet care services.  Almost Home offers pet boarding for dogs, cats, and exotic pets, Dog Day Out, Daycare, Dog Training classes and Grooming in a 10,000 square foot indoor facility.  All Pets Veterinary Center offers a wide array of veterinary services, using the latest diagnostics and procedures, including Surgical, Therapeutic and Preventative services for pets in a 5,000 square foot facility.

On October 13, 2003, Katie Carman (now Katie Peckenpaugh) and Kathy Schultz talked to the Louisville SBDC about business plan coaching and financial projection assistance for a $1 million project.  The loan was for land acquisition and construction costs to build a training and boarding kennel facility in Louisville.  An SBDC consultant had worked with the clients to develop a solid business plan and sound financial projections.  The clients submitted a... Read More

Toni Levy founded, and is now the president of Toni Levy and Associates, Inc. (TLA), the parent company for Toni Levy, CPA; Levy Construction and Building Supplies; Levy’s Electrical and Plumbing Supplies; TLA Workforce; and Levy’s Construction Company. TLA is woman-owned/minority owned.

Ms. Levy always wanted to be an accountant, and she set her goals accordingly. After graduating from college with a degree in Computer Technology and later an account degree, Toni Levy was employed by a local accounting firm, where she honed her skills. She also is a graduate of Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Executive Business Program. Upon earning her Certified Public Accountant credentials, her innate instincts for entrepreneurship took hold. In1998, with the U.S. Small Business Administration's financial guaranty on a 7(a) loan, she started her own accounting firm.  She later used the 7(a) loan program to expand her business.

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