The Kentucky Small Business Development Center recognized 10 businesses from across the state with Pacesetter awards, including locally owned, Owensboro-based Hand Therapy Plus Total Body Rehab, which won accolades in the traditional Pacesetter category.
All of the winners were announced earlier this week at the Kentucky Celebrates Small Business Awards Ceremony, held at Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.
“It takes a lot to be successful, and even more to grow, as a small business,” said Kristina Joyce, state director of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center. “These companies are proving their strength and commitment to our communities, their employees, and our Kentucky economy, both by investing in their startups and staying the course.”
Hand Therapy Plus Total Body Rehab offers rehabilitation services to restore optimal functional recovery to people suffering from chronic pain, injury, disease or disability. Therapy services include occupational therapy, physiotherapy, women’s health, hand therapy and chronic pain treatment.
Kelsey Carrico worked as an occupational therapist at Hand Therapy Plus for three years before becoming its owner in June 2019. A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Carrico received her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Spalding University. She specializes in women’s health services, treating all ailments from the hand to the shoulder and making custom-made hand-elbow braces.
Two types of Pacesetter awards were given out this year, Traditional Pacesetters and Business Startup Pacesetters. The Traditional Pacesetter Awards recognize high performing second stage companies that produce innovative products, increase sales, create jobs and serve Commonwealth communities. The Startup Business Pacesetter Awards recognize promising start-ups.
Other Pacesetter Award winners include Equus Run Vineyard, Pho KYtchen, Lenoxburg General Store, Southern Prep, Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar, Universal Spartan, Pirogue’s Cajun Food Truck, Salt of the Earth Halotherapy, and Yocum’s Ag Repair.