■ P.G. Peeples, Sr., president and CEO of the Urban League of Lexington — Fayette County, has been recognized, along with three other national winners, as a recipient of the Legacy CEO of the Year Award from the National Urban League. This award is in recognition of Peeples' commitment to social and economic equality as shown by his longevity in the Urban League movement.
■ Bates Security has been named the 2013 Small Business of the Year by Commerce Lexington in its Salute to Small Business Awards. 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.
2013 Salute to Small Business Award category winners recognized recently at Keeneland were:
Business Success Award Winner: Bates Security, owned by William "Sonny" and Pat Bates, and Jeremy Bates and Bryan Bates, 3166 Custer Drive, (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.
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Green Initiative Award Winner: Thai Orchid Cafe, owners Mike and Toa Green, 1030 South Broadway, Suite 2, (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, president and owner Mark and Barbara Saunier, 1143 Brock McVey Drive, (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, CEO Hope Hurst Lanham, 257 East Short Street, (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, owner Helen Rades, 2350 Regency Road, Suite A, (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, Executive Director Patricia T. Kline, (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 Co., Chairman of the Board Susan Zearfoss and Director Luis Dominguez, 161 North Mill Street. (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.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo