After only a year in operation, Teleworks USA’s Beattyville Teleworks Hub has been responsible for placing around 90 citizens in telework jobs, with a corresponding $1.8 million estimated economic impact in new wages paid to those citizens by companies located across the nation.

That success recently netted the Beattyville Teleworks Hub recognition as the New Business of the Year from the Beattyville-Lee County Chamber of Commerce.

Teleworks USA, the Beattyville Teleworks Hub, and its staff were honored during a ceremony held in April. Beattyville Teleworks Hub Manager Tracie Spencer attended the event and accepted the award on behalf of Teleworks USA and the Hub.

“It’s really such a great honor to be recognized by the Chamber for what we’ve been able to bring to our people here in Beattyville and Lee County,” Spencer said. “We do what we do for the people in our region, and as long as we’re helping people find and get jobs, then we’re on the right track.”

An initiative of the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), Teleworks USA identifies and develops legitimate remote-work, distance learning opportunities, and helps to prepare people for the jobs by training them in customer service and digital literacy, working with them on creating résumés and developing superior interviewing skills, then applying for an obtaining legitimate work-from-home positions through its website, www.teleworksusa.com.

Beattyville-Lee County Chamber President Carol Kincaid explained that the Chamber holds a regular annual meeting where the members decide which outstanding and new businesses to honor from that year.

“This year we chose Teleworks USA because of their outstanding success rate,” Kincaid said of the New Business of the Year award. “It is also important to this small area to have something like this to operate.”

“We are so pleased to have Teleworks USA here, and hope they continue to grow and help many people find employment,” she added.

The Beattyville Hub is one of seven Teleworks Hubs in Eastern Kentucky, also including Annville, Booneville, Harlan, Hazard, Hyden, and Pike County. The Chamber award is the first recognition of its kind presented to a Teleworks Hub operating in the region, said Michael Cornett, EKCEP director of agency expansion, who also directs the Teleworks USA initiative.

“We strive every day to bring the best opportunities for remote employment to the people in our region through Teleworks USA. Being honored by the Beattyville-Lee County Chamber of Commerce with an award like this just goes to show that we are making a real impact on not just a few individuals, but on the community as a whole,” Cornett said.

“We thank our partners in the Beattyville City Council, Mayor John Smith, Lee County Fiscal Court, Judge-Executive Steve Mays, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Kentucky Department for Local Government and its Commissioner Sandy Dunahoo for helping make it possible for us to bring this facility and digital-economy success to Lee County,” Cornett added.

EKCEP, a nonprofit workforce development agency headquartered in Hazard, Ky., serves the citizens of 23 Appalachian coalfield counties. The agency provides an array of workforce development services, administers the Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) program for dislocated coal miners and their spouses, and is the White House-designated lead organization for the federal TechHire designation for Eastern Kentucky. Learn more about us at http://www.ekcep.org, http://www.jobsight.organd http://www.facebook.com/ekcep.