Contributing Partner Sponsorship

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SUPPORT ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN EASTERN AND SOUTHERN KY

Did you know that there are nearly 70,000 small businesses in Kentucky?  These small businesses create a big impact by accounting for more than 750,000 jobs—nearly one-half of the non-farm, private-sector workforce of our state.  Small businesses in Kentucky represent 96.7 percent of all employers and employ 47.8 percent of the private-sector labor force.

These figures are clear evidence that small businesses, and the entrepreneurs behind them, are the backbone of our state the economy and a key driver for recovery in Eastern and Southern Kentucky.

Kentucky’s Appalachian communities have seen key industries such as coal mining stagnate or decline, and talented young residents have left in search of better economic opportunities. Entrepreneurship has the potential to boost local economies by tapping local talent and resources and to help keep rural populations from declining even further. Through entrepreneurial growth, rural economies can diversify and become less dependent on the economic pendulum swings affecting rural industries.

You can help ensure long-term sustainability of our rural communities by supporting the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards Program (EIEA). Since 2001, the EIEA program has brought statewide recognition and distinction to more than 30 of the region’s top businesses that exemplify the creative and nimble entrepreneurial spirit.

With the support of established organizations like yours, we can provide a positive and proactive entrepreneurial environment and create our own success story for Eastern and Southern Kentucky. Just as small businesses have a tremendous collective impact on our economy, so do the financial contributions of our many partners who join us in supporting the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards program.  Together, we will play a defining role in shaping the future business environment of our region.

The primary purpose of the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards (EIEA) is to recognize and promote individuals in the region who have exemplified the entrepreneurial spiritby creating and managing a successful business enterprise. As a direct result of their efforts, jobs are created and new dollars flow through neighboring businesses, strengthening the foundation and fabric of our local communities. By highlighting these success stories, we provide both encouragement and “best practice” models for our entrepreneurs-to-be to emulate.

The Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership has written extensively on successful entrepreneurship efforts in communities across the U.S.  One of their most important findings is that entrepreneurship cannot succeed without community support. While it is true that entrepreneurship fundamentally relies on individuals to be creative and take risks, community support is a cornerstone for success. Please help ensure the long-term growth and sustainability of Kentucky’s Appalachian region.  Use the attached contributing partner form to make your financial contribution today!

The EKU College of Business & Technology, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation and The Center for Rural Development thank you for supporting excellence in entrepreneurship in Eastern and Southern Kentucky.


PLATINUM LEVEL – $5,000 +

  • Highest recognition on all EIEA promotional material and at all events
  • Company name, logo and link on EIEA website and the KyEAN website
  • Company name and logo on signage at all EIEA events, including local awards events
  • Eight (8) complimentary seats at the EIEA Luncheon
  • Opportunity to provide company materials in packets at EIEA Luncheon
  • Complimentary exhibit space at the EIEA Luncheon
  • One full-page advertisement in the EIEA Luncheon program

GOLD LEVEL – $2,500

  • Recognition on all EIEA promotional material and at all events
  • Company name, logo and link on EIEA website and the KyEAN website
  • Company name and logo on signage at all EIEA events, including local awards events
  • Six (6) complimentary seats at the EIEA Luncheon
  • Opportunity to provide company materials in packets at the EIEA Luncheon
  • One full page advertisement in the EIEA Luncheon program

SILVER LEVEL – $1,000

  • Recognition at EIEA events
  • Company name and link on EIEA website and the KyEAN website
  • Company name on signage at all EIEA events
  • Four (4) complimentary seats at the EIEA Luncheon
  • One-half (1/2) page advertisement in the EIEA Luncheon program

BRONZE LEVEL – $500

  • Recognition at EIEA events
  • Company name and link on EIEA website and KyEAN website
  • Company name on signage at all EIEA events
  • Two (2) complimentary seats at the EIEA Luncheon
  • One quarter (1/4) page advertisement in the EIEA Luncheon program

FRIENDS LEVEL – $250

  • Recognition at EIEA events
  • Company name listed on EIEA website and KyEAN website
  • Two (2) complimentary seats at the EIEA luncheon
  • Company name listed in the EIEA Luncheon Program

Thank you for taking this important step in supporting entrepreneurship in Eastern and Southern Kentucky.  By showcasing best practices of successful entrepreneurs, we create a blueprint for other aspiring entrepreneurs to emulate.  With your help, we can ensure long-term grown and sustainability of our communities.

Download the 2015 EIEA Partnership Sponsorship Form