Salute to Small Business

 

2014 Salute to Small Business Luncheon is September 26th

REGISTER HERE TO ATTEND THE LUNCEON

During the Salute to Small Business Awards Luncheon presented by Forcht Bank on Friday, September 26, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Keeneland Entertainment Center on the grounds of historic Keeneland, we’ll recognize the “Thoroughbreds” of our small business community in variety of categories.

After we learn a little more about each of our category winners, we’ll announce the Commerce Lexington Inc. Small Business of the Year, which is selected from the category award winners. The Small Business of the Year is then submitted by the Bluegrass Small Business Development Center for state and national recognition through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Additionally, award winners in each category are provided with exhibit space at the Salute to Small Business Awards Luncheon, so you’ll want to arrive early or stay a little late to interact with the award winners and learn more about their products and services.

The cost to attend is $50 for Commerce Lexington members, $60 for potential members. To register, e-mail to rsvp@CommerceLexington.com or REGISTER ON-LINE HERE.

PRESENTED BY

PLATINUM SPONSORS
Community Trust Bank
Keeneland Association, Inc.
Kentucky Utilities
Sam's Club

A TOAST TO THE WINNERS SPONSOR
Barney Miller's Inc.

GOLD SPONSORS
Adcolor, Inc.
Central Bank & Trust Co.
Humana Health Care Plans
Lexington Herald-Leader/Kentucky.com

SILVER SPONSORS
Cooperative Business Services, LLC
DelCotto Law Group PLLC
TravelHost of the Bluegrass
WUKY 91.3 FM

SMALL BUSINESS SPONSOR
Electronic Business Machines, Inc.

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR
Frost Brown Todd, LLC

INVITATION & PROGRAM DESIGN SPONSOR
Stablemate Creative LLC

INVITATION PRINT SPONSOR
Lynn Imaging/Monster Color

2014 Salute to Small Business Category Award Winners:

Green Initiative Award

Comfort and Process Solutions, Inc.
Mark & Barb Saunier, President; Owner
1143 Brock McVey Drive, Suite 120, Lexington, KY 40509
Phone: (859) 294-4400

Comfort and Process Solutions, Inc. (CPS) is an integrated design and delivery engineering and construction company, specializing in high performance buildings and sustainable and optimal environments. With energy engineers on staff, CPS utilizes innovative technology to help businesses, schools, judicial centers and courthouses achieve significant energy savings. CPS continues to achieve significant growth by focusing on what customers need – lower energy bills, better indoor air quality, improved lighting, and an overall better learning and/or working environment.

Innovation Award

Integrity IT
Phillip R. Miller, President
3080 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, KY 40503
Phone: (859) 253-4284

Integrity IT has been providing IT Services and Consulting to Kentucky businesses since 2000, offering managed services, infrastructure management, healthcare IT services, hosted servers, desktops and applications, and custom software development and integration. While Integrity IT specializes in working with healthcare providers, the business has also grown to include nearly every conceivable market, from construction and manufacturing to retail and nonprofit.

Business Success Award

LM Communications Broadcast Media Group
Lynn M. Martin, Owner & President
401 West Main Street, Suite 301, Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: (859) 233-1515

Lexington’s only locally-owned radio group, LM Communications is celebrating 30 years in business, with decades of digital programming, technical and creative experience in the industry. It includes five radio stations in Lexington, two in Charleston, South Carolina, five in Charleston, West Virginia, and sales agreements with two other stations. The multi-state radio broadcasting business is headquartered in Lexington.

Phoenix Award

NTSG, Inc.
Nancy L. Elberty, President/CEO
848 Nandino Boulevard, Suite R, Lexington, KY 40511
Phone: (859) 254-9442

NTSG is a market leader in providing advanced optical network integration services. With a long and extensive history in the installation, testing, and commissioning of optical networks, NTSG works with clients, such as AT&T, Level 3 Communications, and Windstream Communications to provide services to many Fortune 500 companies and federal agencies. In 2014, NTSG launched Kentucky Fiber Sales, a new fiber cable assembly and distribution line of business.

Nonprofit Award

Radio Eye, Inc.
Amy Hatter, Executive Director
1733 Russell Cave Road, Lexington, KY 40505
Phone: (859) 422-6390

Radio Eye, Inc. is a nonprofit radio reading service for the blind, visually impaired, and physically disabled, which currently serves about 9,400 listeners across Kentucky. Radio Eye recordings are broadcast on special radios given to listeners on sub-carrier frequencies courtesy of WUKY in Lexington, WFPL in Louisville, and WEKU in Eastern Kentucky. The 24-hour broadcast is also available via NFB Newsline, the iBlink smartphone app, cable television in Lexington and Frankfort, and on Radio Eye’s web site at www.radioeye.org.

Legacy Award

Stephen Hillenmeyer Landscape Services
Stephen Hillenmeyer, President
2337 Sandersville Road, Lexington, KY 40511
Phone: (859) 255-1091

Founded in 1841 by Francis Xavier Hillenmeyer, the fifth and sixth generations of the family are currently running Stephen Hillenmeyer Landscape Services. The company is celebrating its 173rd year in business and is the second-oldest commercial landscape nursery in the nation. Stephen Hillenmeyer Landscape Services provides landscape design and installation, equine farm maintenance, commercial maintenance, snow removal, Weed Man Lawn Care, and a new franchise called The Mosquito Authority.

Minority Business Award

TravelHost of the Bluegrass
Eli Mertens, President & Publisher
3600 Flower Mound Court, Lexington, KY 40509
Phone: (859) 543-1014

Published six times a year and distributed to over 10,000 hotel rooms throughout the Bluegrass Region, TravelHost of the Bluegrass is the leading tourism and relocation magazine in the area. The publication helps promote the area’s third-largest industry, welcoming thousands of visitors each day to Lexington and its region. The very first edition for was barely profitable, but over time it has grown from 18 local pages to over 48 pages, and this year is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

Past Salute to Small Business Category Award Winners (Since 2010)

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR:
2013 - Bates Security, LLC
2012 - Lynn Imaging
2011 - Creative Lodging Solutions
2010 - DMD Data Systems

GREEN INITIATIVE AWARD:
2013 - Thai Orchid Cafe
2012 - NONE
2011 - DelCotto Law Group, PLLC
2010 - Bluegrass PRIDE (now Bluegrass Greensource)

BUSINESS SUCCESS AWARD:
2013 - Bates Security, LLC
2012 - Holifield Photography
2011 - Creative Lodging Solutions
2010 - DMD Data Systems

INNOVATION AWARD:
2013 - Comfort & Process Solutions, Inc.
2012 - Bates Security, LLC
2011 - NONE
2010 - Creative Lodging Solutions

LEGACY AWARD:
2013 - Hurst Office Suppliers, Inc.
2012 - Lynn Imaging
2011 - Barney Miller’s
2010 - Al Torstrick Insurance Agency

MINORITY BUSINESS AWARD:
2013 - Comfort Keepers
2012 - Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, N.E.
2011 - Bluegrass Veterinary Specialists
2010 - TKT & Associates, Inc.

NONPROFIT AWARD:
2013 - Central Kentucky Riding for Hope
2012 - OWL, Inc.
2011 - Blue Grass Community Foundation
2010 - Lexington-Fayette Urban Co. Housing Authority

PHOENIX AWARD:
2013 - Lexington Ballet Company, Inc.
2012 - NONE
2011 - NONE
2010 - Micah Group Energy & Environmental, Inc.

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD:
2013 - NONE
2012 - J&H Lanmark - The Outdoors Store
2011 - Benezet and Associates
2010 - APAX Software