Kentucky Cutting Boards
Tell us about your business.The idea for our unique American Made products began in a discussion over a glass of wine in our backyard. Bill owns and operates a flooring manufacturing company and we set out to create a beautiful and functional product using the wood scraps from our flooring business. We made a list of items that we could manufacture with the tools we already had and our cutting board business was born! The product line has since grown to include bread and cheese boards as well as lazy susans. We enjoy choosing simple yet iconic designs and figuring out how best to incorporate the most striking features of several wood species to translate the designs in a way that looks both natural and unique. Our boards are crafted using a CNC router and lots of hand finishing. Every board is branded with our horse shoe "maker's mark" for authenticity. We would like to see Kentucky Cutting Boards become a nationally recognized brand that symbolizes American ingenuity and quality craftsmanship.
What makes your business stand out?Our flooring manufacturing company places us in the fortunate position of having access to very high-tech and sophisticated equipment as well as a large amount of otherwise unusable by-product of wood material that can be re-purposed into beautiful and functional cutting boards. Our existing resources allow us to make a quality product at a price that is not cost-prohibitive in the gift market.
What's the best business advice you've received?A small business owner has limited time and energy and can't afford to waste resources chasing buyers who are not in the market for their product. Figure out who your customer is and find creative ways to place your product where they shop. This advice has taught me to focus my limited marketing budget and energy on a specific demographic versus taking a broader approach and taking my chances that something will stick.
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
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JudgingJune 23–Sept. 8, 2014
Judges will select finalists throughout this period.Meet the judges
Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
Vote for your favorite American makers.See the finalists
Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.See past Award Winners
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
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