National Bicycle Dealer Association Best Bike Shops in America 2015
National Bicycle Dealer Association Best Bike Shops in America 2014
National Bicycle Dealer Association Best Bike Shops in America 2013
This program was designed by the NBDA to rate stores against the highest performance standards in the industry. Nominated businesses filled out an application and explained in “measurable detail” their stores’ customer service policies; staff knowledge; marketing; community involvement; national and local bike advocacy. The stores with the highest scores were “mystery shopped,” first on-line, then through two phone calls and one in-depth store visit to verify the claims. From over 4,000 bicycle stores, 162 were awarded the title of “America’s Best Shops 2013.”
Paducah Sun Reader's Choice Winner 2013 Best Place To Buy A Bicycle
WKMS "Great Friends" honor- 25 Years of Underwriting NPR
Hutch Smith & Martha Emmons with Asia Burnett of WKMS. Hutch, Martha, Jim Carter, Carrie Pond & Charlie Adams
L-R: Terry Reeves,EntrePaducah; Martha Emmons & Hutch Smith, Bike World.
Entrepreneur of the Month: April 2012
By Terry Reeves
The first remarkable thing about this month's entrepreneurs is that they will celebrate 25 YEARS IN BUSINESS IN PADUCAH in May. When I tell you who they are, you'll most likely have a fond memory of doing business with them and of the product you bought.
Years ago when this couple was just dating they wanted to own their own business. They wanted to be the people in charge of making the decisions that would have a positive impact on their lives and the lives of the people they touched.
I want to read this quote from them about being entrepreneurs...I think this is SO prolific of anyone in business.
"With our business there's no separation between what we do and who we are. That's important to us. "
I always ask our recipients what part of running a business they enjoy most. Martha Emmons and Hutch Smith of Bikeworld said the answer is simple...they love selling the neatest product in the world! Bikes, they say are good for the planet and they're ecologically sane. And, Bikeworld is in the business of helping people get fit and stay healthy...of promoting family togetherness...and building a friendlier city. Nothing says this better than the Bikes on Broadway event they've been so instrumental in the last few years.
They also enjoy being an education center...for fitness and bicycle safety. To that end, they've probably had a hand in organizing or sponsoring anything to do with bicycles in the community since 1987. But that's okay with them...their philosophy is that every citizen should do their part toward building and sustaining the community in which they live.
Bikeworld provides four full time jobs and seven part time jobs...and some of those become full-time this time of year. Remarkably, the average tenure for their part-time employees is five plus years. One of those full-timers is Chris Starr, who is in this year's Leadership Paducah Class. They are also active in the Chamber's Business in Education partnership, Paducah Rotary Club, Market House Theatre, Paducah Public Schools and First Presbyterian Church.
Advice for new entrepreneurs? Treat others they way you would like to be treated, starting first with your employees!
2012 Readers Choice Winner. Voted by Paducah Sun readers as
"Favorite Place to Buy A Bicycle."