The Eastern Kentucky University College of Business and Technology, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation, and The Center for Rural Development are soliciting nominations for the 2014 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards (EIEA) program. These four sponsoring organizations have come together to recognize entrepreneurs who demonstrate exceptional achievements within the Eastern and Southern Kentucky geographic region. This year’s awards will be given to entrepreneurs in four categories: For-Profit Business; Start-Up Business; Not-for-Profit Entity; and Young Entrepreneur. The primary purpose of the EIEA program is to recognize and promote individuals in the region who have exemplified the entrepreneurial spirit by creating and managing a successful business enterprise. “By highlighting these success stories, we provide both encouragement and ‘best practice’ models for aspiring entrepreneurs to emulate,” said Larry Combs, Director of Business Services and Technology at The Center for Rural Development and Chair of the EIE Awards Committee. “Entrepreneurship puts new business ideas into practice, and in doing so, fuels economic growth by creating new products and services that result in job creation in Southern and Eastern Kentucky.” Nominations must be received by June 5, 2014. Nominations may be submitted online at www.eiea.eku.edu. Selection of award finalists and award winners is determined by a committee of partner representatives and external stakeholders. The award finalists will be recognized and the winners announced at a regional EIEA awards luncheon on Monday, September 8, at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset. This is the 12th year the awards have been offered to celebrate the achievements of entrepreneurs in the Eastern and Southern Kentucky region.
The 2013 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards (EIEA) program is accepting online nominations from business leaders and entrepreneurs in Southern and Eastern KY
The 2013 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards (EIEA) program is accepting online nominations through May 23 for the region’s top small business leaders and entrepreneurs who have launched and are managing a successful business enterprise in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. The top three finalists in each of the five EIEA categories will be recognized—and the award winners announced—on Sept. 9 at the 2013 EIEA awards luncheon hosted at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset. “What makes America great is the can-do attitude of its entrepreneurs,” said EIEA committee chair Stephen Taylor. “Their vision, calculated risk taking, energy, drive and perseverance to build and rebuild business enterprises despite adverse circumstances form the foundation of our local and national economies.” Online nominations will be accepted in the following EIEA award categories: Business (in existence five or more years with greater than 25 employees) Small Business (in existence five or more years with 25 or fewer employees) Start-Up (in existence less than five years) Not-for-Profit Entity (in existence at least six months) Young Entrepreneur (for businesspeople who are 25 years of age and younger) “The EIEA program celebrates the brave entrepreneurial individuals or teams whose success and failures make a positive difference in their communities,” said Taylor. “When people willingly trade their hard-earned wages for products and services offered by an entrepreneur, then everyone benefits. The EIEA program recognizes small business leaders and entrepreneurs in 55 Southern and Eastern Kentucky counties for exemplifying America’s spirit of entrepreneurship. Nominees are judged on the economic success of the enterprise, contributions to the community, job creation, and entrepreneurial and business operational achievements. The program, celebrating excellence in entrepreneurship since 2001, is sponsored by Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Business and Technology, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, Southeast Kentucky Economic Development (SKED), and The Center for Rural Development. For more information about the EIEA program or the nomination process, call 859-622-2334 or email email@example.com. Nominations may be submitted by any individual or business within EIEA’s service area in the following Southern and Eastern Kentucky counties: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Boyle, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Greenup, Harlan, Hart, Jackson, Jessamine, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, McCreary, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Metcalf, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Taylor, Wayne, Whitley, or Wolfe.
Click here to register online for the 2012 EIEA awards luncheon. For more information on the regional awards presentation and luncheon, contact The Center for Rural Development at 606-677-6000. The deadline to register is Tuesday, Sept. 4. U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) is scheduled to be the special guest speaker at the 2012 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards (EIEA) program on Monday, Sept. 10, at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset. Rogers has been invited to deliver the keynote address at the regional awards program and luncheon, set to begin at 11:30 a.m., which will celebrate the success and accomplishments of some of the region’s top small business owners, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit organizations in Eastern and Southern Kentucky. The top three finalists in each of the five EIEA award categories will be publicly recognized with a short video profile that will air during the luncheon. The program will culminate with the announcement of the award recipients and on-stage award presentations by EIEA sponsoring partners. The 2012 EIEA award finalists and their respective business categories are: For-Profit Business Bob and Tom Hutchison, McDonald’s of East Kentucky, Paintsville, Ky.; Anthony and Julie Roberts, Owners, Servpro of Pulaski and Laurel counties, London, Ky.; and Masato Sugimura, Lincoln Manufacturing USA, LLC, Stanford, Ky. For-Profit Small Business Jeff Parmelee PT and Terry Randall PT, Total Rehab Center, Somerset, Ky.; Shane Baker and Dr. Patrick Heist, Owners, Ferm Solutions, Inc., Danville, Ky.; and Sarah Culbreth and Jeff Enge, Owners/Potters, Tater Knob Pottery, Berea, Ky. Start-Up Business Nick Noble and Nate Noble, Park Mammoth Resort, Park City, Ky.; Scott Maddux and Shane Richmond, Wildcat Harley-Davidson, London, Ky.; and Troy Lay, Daniel Tolson, and Michael Carpenter, Owners, Alternative Energies Kentucky, LLC, Danville, Ky. Not-For-Profit Entity Bobby W. Grant, President and CVO, Twin Lakes Family Wellness Center, Albany, Ky.; Jeff Rubin, Executive Director, and Jerry K. Palmer, PhD., Board Secretary, Body Recall Inc., Berea, Ky.; and Grace Community Health Center, Gray, Ky. Young Entrepreneur Jared Sizemore, Owner, Juggling Jared, Pineville, Ky.; Todd Duff, Owner, LowGap Outfitters, LLC, Hindman, Ky.; and Hong R. Zhang Durandal, Owner, and Peter H. Hackbert, Mentor, Energy Hunters LLC, Berea, Ky. Other honorees to be recognized at the EIEA awards luncheon are 2012 Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) first-place winning team members and high school students Savanna Noe, Lee County; Rachyl Harmon, Clay County; Ethan Call, Pulaski County; Madison Lee, Casey County; and Kimberly Brown, of Knox County; and 2012 Collegiate Business Concept Challenge winner and Eastern Kentucky University student Betitala Sinda Mbala and her business advisor Dr. Weiling Zhuang. The EIEA program—celebrating excellence since 2001—is sponsored by Eastern Kentucky University’s (EKU) College of Business and Technology, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation (SKED), and The Center for Rural Development. Contributing partners include A T & T, Forcht Bank of Kentucky, and Forcht Group of Kentucky, Gold Level Sponsors; Outdoor Venture Corp., Silver Level Sponsor; EKU ICC, Schafer’s Catering, and Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, Bronze Level Sponsors; and Appalachian Development Alliance, Citizens Guaranty Bank, EKU Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, Five Talents Financial Group, Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and Rockcastle County Chamber of Commerce, Friends Level Sponsors. 2011 Contributing Partners Gold Level Silver Level Bronze Level Friends Level