The Commerce Lexington Inc. Salute to Small Business Awards Luncheon at the Hilton Downtown Lexington presented by Forcht Bank, recognizes our community’s top small businesses in variety of categories; Business Success, Green Initiative, Minority Business, Nonprofit, and Legacy.

BACK Construction Co. was named the 2018 Small Business of the Year. The recipient was chosen for the honor from five different category winners. BACK Construction Co. also won the Business Success Award category.

Kyle Whalen, President of BACK Construction Co.

Kyle Whalen, current president, formed BACK Construction in 1981 with partners Billy Knight, Alvin Edge, and Chuck Ross. The company provides home remodeling and repairs in the Lexington/Central Kentucky area. In its first 12 years, BACK Construction built over 100 homes ranging in size from starter homes to large custom homes. By 1994, the company started to focus on remodeling and in 2003, Whalen purchased the rights to the company from the last original partner. Longtime employee, Rob Hundley became a principal owner in the business.

BACK Construction has shown commitment to the industry and community through Whalen and Hundley. Both have served as Chairman on our local Remodeling Council, as well as serving as President of the Home Builders Association (Whalen, 2018; Hundley, 2009). BACK Construction also supports charitable organizations in the community, such as YMCA Campaign for Kids, Bluegrass Miracle League, Habitat for Humanity, and many youth sports.

Commerce Lexington Inc. began its small business awards program in 1986, recognizing 89 outstanding small businesses and nonprofit organizations since it began.


Category winners include:

BACK Construction Co. – 2018 Small Business of the Year; Business Success Award

GreenBox Heating & Air, Plumbing, Remodeling – Green Initiative Award

Avant Travel Agency, Inc. – Legacy Award

Posh Salon & Spa – Minority Business Award

Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Lexington – Nonprofit Award

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