Salute to Small Business

 

Bates Security Named 2013 Small Business of the Year

More than 300 people came together to honor small businesses at the Commerce Lexington Inc. Salute to Small Business Awards Luncheon at Keeneland presented by Forcht Bank, Bates Security, LLC was named the 2013 Small Business of the Year. The recipient of this year’s Business Success Award, Bates Security was chosen among seven different category winners as the Small Business of the Year. The company will now have the opportunity to be submitted by the Bluegrass Small Business Development Center for state and national recognition through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Sonny and Pat Bates purchased Sonitrol of Lexington in 1984 and simultaneously began ADR Security Services, which was re-branded to Bates Security in May 2011. Bates Security is a locally-owned and operated security company, specializing in the installation, monitoring and servicing of burglary, video, access and fire systems.

Today, the daily operations are driven by the Bates’ sons, Jeremy and Bryan, while Bryan’s wife, Jamie, assists with marketing and creative design for the company. The team has built Bates Security into the largest privately-owned security company based in Kentucky, with very strong growth in number of clients, revenue, and employment.

In 2012, Bates Security moved into a new corporate office, doubling its square footage through the purchase and renovation of an existing multi-tenant structure. It showcases all of its unique residential equipment and services to customers and vendors through the innovative Bates Connected Home.

Commerce Lexington Inc. President and CEO Bob Quick told awards luncheon participants, “The Salute to Small Business Awards program enables us to say thank you and recognize many hardworking businesses, and this year’s group of category winners is exceptional. Between the seven category award winners, there are not only very recognizable names, but altogether they boast more than 220 years in business right here in the Bluegrass. That’s amazing and astonishing, especially with the ups and downs of the economy.”

Congratulations to the 2013 Salute to Small Business Category Award Winners

Business Success Award Winner: Bates Security, LLC
William “Sonny” & Pat Bates, Jeremy Bates & Bryan Bates, Owners
3166 Custer Drive, Lexington, KY 40517, Phone: (859) 244-4000
The Business Success Award recognizes a business for exceptional company operations, products and services, growth, response to adversity, and other unique aspects that set the business apart from its competition.

Green Initiative Award Winner: Thai Orchid Cafe
Mike & Toa Green, Co-Owners
1030 South Broadway, Suite 2, Lexington, KY 40504, Phone: (859) 288-2170
The Salute to Small Business Green Initiative Award recognizes a business or organization for implementing green initiatives – either internal or external – that encourage sustainable business practices and environmentally-friendly ways to do business.

Innovation Award Winner: Comfort and Process Solutions, Inc.
Mark & Barbara Saunier, President; Owner
1143 Brock McVey Dr., Lexington, KY 40509, Phone: (859) 294-4400
The Salute to Small Business Innovation Award recognizes companies that have demonstrated ability in adopting and utilizing technology to directly increase productivity, efficiency, revenue and/or profits.

Legacy Award Winner: Hurst Office Suppliers, Inc.
Hope Hurst Lanham, CEO
257 East Short Street, Lexington, KY 40507, Phone: (859) 255-4422
The Salute to Small Business Legacy Award is awarded to exceptional companies that have been in business for 25 years or more, multi-generational businesses, and/or past Commerce Lexington Salute to Small Business award winners.

Minority Business Award Winner: Comfort Keepers
Helen Rades, President/Owner
2350 Regency Road, Suite A, Lexington, KY 40503, Phone: (859) 224-1124
The Salute to Small Business Minority Business Award recognizes an outstanding minority-owned company for its exceptional products and services, growth, its response to adversity, and other unique aspects that set it apart from the competition.

Nonprofit Award Winner: Central Kentucky Riding for Hope
Patricia T. Kline, Executive Director
P.O. Box 13155, Lexington, KY 40583, Phone: (859) 231-7066
The Salute to Small Business Non-Profit Award recognizes a non-profit organization that has shown significant impact and return on investment, the ability to inspire and engage volunteers, and ways to maximize its output and reach within the community.

Phoenix Award Winner: Lexington Ballet Company, Inc.
Susan Zearfoss, Chairman of the Board; Luis Dominguez, Director
161 North Mill Street, Lexington, KY 40507, Phone: (859) 233-3925
The Salute to Small Business Phoenix Award recognizes individuals, businesses, or communities that have endured a uniquely challenging circumstance or natural disaster and successfully emerged from it stronger and poised for growth.

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Lynn Imaging Named 2012 Small Business of the Year

At today’s Commerce Lexington Inc. Salute to Small Business Awards Luncheon presented by Forcht Bank, Lynn Imaging was named the 2012 Small Business of the Year. The recipient of this year’s Legacy Award, Lynn Imaging was chosen among six different category winners as the Small Business of the Year. The company will now be submitted by the Bluegrass Small Business Development Center for state and national recognition through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

For 66 years, Lynn Imaging has been able to adapt to the changing economic times and advances in technology. What was started in 1946 by husband-and-wife team, Jack and Marcella Lynn, has now expanded to other markets and has 63 employees to serve its clients. In the late 1970’s, the business was passed to son J.L. Lynn and fellow Lafayette High School classmate Mike Carter, both of whom are still involved in the daily operations of Lynn Imaging.

In most cases, the Legacy Award is presented to a multi-generational business that includes one family, but Lynn Imaging’s staff includes multi-generations across two families. Also working at the business are J.L.’s daughter, Shelby Marshall, as well as Mike’s wife, Dottie, brother, Tommy, son Justin, and daughter Amanda Schoonover.

Lynn Blue Print was founded as a blue print and engineering supply company that served the needs of builders and surveyors. In 2001, the various operations of the company – Lynn Blue Print, Lynn Copies, and Lynn Color Graphics – were united under the Lynn Imaging name. Through the years, J.L. and Mike have led Lynn Imaging through the age of technology with the vision of keeping one eye on the horizon and one eye on the work at hand. In the end, it has been Lynn Imaging’s fast, reliable, and quality service that has kept customers coming back again and again.

Luncheon emcee Stephen Hillenmeyer, president of Stephen Hillenmeyer Landscape Services, said, “This year’s group of Salute to Small Business category award winners is very deserving of the honor, and altogether they boast more than 240 years in business right here in the Bluegrass. They have all shown that they have exceptional products or services, performed at a high level, led by example, have overcome challenges and setbacks, and have been gracious in their community outreach. Congratulations to Lynn Imaging and all of our award winners.”

2012 Salute to Small Business Category Award Winners:

Business Success Award Winner: Holifield Photography
Jim & Theresa Holifield, 171 Moore Drive, Lexington, KY 40503, Phone: (859) 276-2040
The Business Success Award recognizes a business for exceptional company operations, products and services, growth, response to adversity, and other unique aspects that set the business apart from its competition.

Innovation Award Winner: Bates Security, LLC / Sonitrol of Lexington, Inc.
Sonny & Pat Bates, 3166 Custer Drive, Lexington, KY 40517, Phone: (859) 244-4000
The Salute to Small Business Innovation Award recognizes companies that have demonstrated ability in adopting and utilizing technology to directly increase productivity, efficiency, revenue and/or profits.

Legacy Award Winner: Lynn Imaging
John L. Lynn, 328 Old Vine Street, Lexington, KY 40507, Phone: (859) 255-1021
The Salute to Small Business Legacy Award is awarded to exceptional companies that have been in business for 25 years or more, multi-generational businesses, and/or past Commerce Lexington Salute to Small Business award winners.

Minority Business Award Winner: Holiday Inn Express, Northeast

Manish Patel, 1780 Sharkey Way, Lexington, KY 40511, Phone: (859) 231-0656
The Salute to Small Business Minority Business Award recognizes an outstanding minority-owned company for its exceptional products and services, growth, its response to adversity, and other unique aspects that set it apart from the competition.

Nonprofit Award Winner: OWL, Inc.
David Boggs, 650 Kennedy Road, Lexington, KY 40511, Phone: (859) 254-0576
The Salute to Small Business Non-Profit Award recognizes a non-profit organization that has shown significant impact and return on investment, the ability to inspire and engage volunteers, and ways to maximize its output and reach within the community.

Young Entrepreneur Award Winner: J&H Lanmark – The Outdoors Store
George R. Lathram II, 189 Moore Drive, Lexington, KY 40503, Phone: (859) 278-0730
The Salute to Small Business Young Entrepreneur Award recognizes an outstanding entrepreneur under the age of 35 for operating a small business for at least a three-year track record of success.

Creative Lodging Solutions Named 2011 Commerce Lexington Inc. Small Business of the Year

At the Commerce Lexington Inc. Salute to Small Business Awards Luncheon on October 28th presented by Cumberland Valley National Bank & Trust, Creative Lodging Solutions was named the 2011 Small Business of the Year. Last year marked a new format for Commerce Lexington’s small business awards program with more categories, more winners, more eligible local businesses, and the opportunity for further recognition on the state and national levels. Creative Lodging Solutions, the recipient of this year’s Business Success Award, was chosen among six different category winners as the Small Business of the Year. Creative Lodging Solutions (CLS) was founded in 2002 by Michael L. Tetterton, Carolyn Hundley, and Marsha Couch with the sole purpose of saving companies millions of dollars in hotel and travel expenses through its customized lodging programs that specialize in long-term, project-based stays. Tetterton’s extensive hotel industry background and an excellent business model have fueled the company’s rapid growth, landing it on the Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing, private companies in America for the second consecutive year. CLS has not only developed innovative solutions to help clients recognize significant cost-savings by researching hotels, negotiating rates, and booking room reservations, but it has also found ways to increase the productivity of its employees through things like a public scorecard of measurements for each department and technological enhancements, such as the internal development of its own proprietary software. Employee growth has gone from five people on staff in 2002 to 77 today, and CLS was ranked third among the 2011 Best Places to Work in Kentucky for small and medium-sized companies. Commerce Lexington Inc. President and CEO, Bob Quick, said, “Much of what Commerce Lexington Inc. does is geared toward small businesses. After all, some 90-percent of the Commerce Lexington membership is made up of small businesses, while the small business segment contributes to most of the job growth nationally and in Fayette County, generates much of the innovations that come from U.S. companies, and employs over half of the country’s private sector workforce. I always leave these events energized and motivated by the stories we hear about our impressive local small businesses.

2011 Salute to Small Business Category Award Winners:

Business Success Award: Creative Lodging Solutions
Michael L. Tetterton, CEO/Owner, 2424 Harrodsburg Road, Suite 200, Lexington, KY 40503
Phone: (859) 381-1825 | http://www.yourcls.com/

Green Initiative Award: DelCotto Law Group PLLC
Laura Day DelCotto, Founding Member/Managing Partner, 200 N. Upper St., Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: (859) 231-5800 | http://www.dlgfirm.com/

Legacy Award: Barney Miller's
Barney Miller, President, 232 East Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: (859) 252-2216 | www.barneymillers.com

Minority Business Award: Bluegrass Veterinary Specialists
Dr. Antu Radhakrishnan & Erica Radhakrishnan, Owners, 1591 Winchester Road, Suite 106, Lexington, KY 40505
Phone: (859) 268-7604 | www.bluegrassveterinaryspecialists.com

Nonprofit Award: Blue Grass Community Foundation
Lisa Adkins, Executive Director, 250 West Main Street, Suite 1220, Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: (859) 225-3343 | www.bgcf.org

Young Entrepreneur Award: Benezet and Associates
Chris Benezet, Owner, 234 Industry Parkway, Suite 1, Nicholasville, KY 40356 | 1732 Houndstooth Glen Way, Lexington, KY 40515
Phone: (859) 885-1692 | www.benezetandassociates.com

DMD Data Systems Named 2010 Commerce Lexington Inc. Overall Small Business of the Year

Commerce Lexington Inc. began a new era in 2010 for its annual small business recognition program with a revamped format that includes more awards, more winners, more eligible local businesses, and the opportunity for further recognition on the state and national levels. At the Salute to Small Business Awards Luncheon, the business community recognized small businesses in a variety of categories that include green initiatives, innovation, longevity, minority business, non-profit, young entrepreneur, and more.

From the eight individual award categories, an Overall Small Business of the Year was chosen, and that company will be submitted by the Bluegrass Small Business Development Center for state and national recognition through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Commerce Lexington Inc. is pleased to announce that DMD Data Systems, Inc. was named the 2010 Salute to Small Business Overall Small Business of the Year.

Founded by Dave Sevigny, DMD Data Systems is a 14-year old employee-owned Kentucky small business serving the Lexington, Louisville and Frankfort areas. The DMD team’s expertise in consolidating technology and ensuring business continuity helps medium-sized and large organizations in education, state and local government, healthcare, and the private sector perform better. DMD’s uncomplicated approach to technology, service excellence, an employee-friendly business model, and its corporate social responsibility practices have contributed to exceptional revenue growth that has twice landed it on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies, as well as the Computer Reseller News (CRN) Fast Growth 100 list. DMD Data Systems recently positioned itself for more long-term success by investing in its own Commonwealth of Kentucky Technology Innovation Center (CoKTIC) in 2009. This Center is the only one of its kind in Kentucky and provides a multi-million dollar hardware and software platform and facility in Frankfort, which enables the Commonwealth of Kentucky access to all of the most current and relevant technologies for local constituents to sample in a risk-free environment.