Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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January 12, 2014

Nominees sought for small-business awards event

ASHLAND — The names of locals who go above and beyond to help small businesses survive and thrive in today’s challenging economic climate are being sought for the 2014 Northeast Kentucky Small Business Awards.

“The event will honor and recognize small-business owners and small-business champions located in Boyd, Carter and Greenup counties,” said Kim Jenkins, an event coordinator, who noted the March 7 deadline for nominees.

“This year marks the 17th year for this wonderful program,” Jenkins said. “The annual small-business awards breakfast brings together local small business owners with lenders, economic development agencies, community and political leaders, etc. to celebrate local small-business success.”

Each year since 1998, Morehead State University’s Ashland Small Business Development Center has set aside a day in May to honor and recognize small businesses and champions in the three counties. This year’s event date has not been announced.

“The public is encouraged to nominate outstanding small- business owners and/or champions — individuals who deserve recognition for their efforts to promote the interest of small business,” Jenkins said.

Award categories include New and Emerging (in business two to five years); Retail/Wholesale; Service; Professional; Construction/Contracting; Downtown Business; Family-Owned; e-Commerce Business; Young Entrepreneur (younger than 30); NonProfit Organization; and Small-Business Champion.

Nominees will be honored at the breakfast, and one winner will be selected as the best in each category.

Jenkins also expressed the importance of event sponsors and financial contributors.

“We count on our sponsors to offset the expenses associated with the cost of the awards, printing, promotions, postage, breakfast, etc. We offer a variety of benefits to our financial contributors.”

To make a nomination or to learn about sponsorship, call (606) 329-8011 or visit nekysba.com.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com.

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