■ The Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology at Eastern Kentucky University is holding a competition to find five entrepreneurs who will enter the EKU Business Accelerator (Incubator) for one year and then locate their business in Richmond. For one year, Richmond 5 participants will receive office space in EKU's Business and Technology Center at a reduced cost, accelerated coaching/mentoring, promotion of their business, and other tools and connections they will need to launch a successful, sustainable business in Richmond.
To be considered, applicants must have a business idea they would like to launch in Richmond (home-based operations that would evolve into storefront businesses will be considered), complete the Accelerator application at Bizaccelerator.eku.edu/application, and schedule an appointment with the Small Business Development Center at EKU by calling Jason Rainey, (859) 622-1384 or email@example.com to review and discuss the application. The competition runs through Sept. 29.
■ Commerce Lexington has been recognized as one the top chambers of commerce in the country during the American Chamber of Commerce Executives' Centennial Conference recently. The organization competed in and was a finalist for the chamber of the year award in Category 4, which represents the largest chambers of commerce in the United States.
■ Dr. William J. Wood, founder and chairman of the board of Retina Associates of Kentucky, has received the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute Distinguished Alumnus Award. He also delivered the 2014 Alumnus talk at the group's annual meeting.
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Wood specializes in diseases and surgery of the retina, macula and vitreous. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Retina Fellowship at The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard University. He is clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine and he is the founder and chairman of the board of Retina Associates of Kentucky and The Macular Degeneration Institute.
■ Leslie Cheung, clinic director, KORT Brannon Crossing, and Stephanie Elliott with, KORT Hamburg, have earned the professional designation Orthopaedic Certified Specialist from The American Physical Therapy Association American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Currently, there are only 121 board certified specialist in orthopaedics in Kentucky.
■ Reliable Roofing, Commercial has been given Carlisle SynTec System's 2014 Perfection Award. Each year, Carlisle presents this award to its top contractors. Honorees are selected based on installation quality and warranty claim performance. Reliable Roofing Commercial was the only recipient of the award in Kentucky and West Virginia for 2014.
■ Blue & Co. has been selected as one of Inside Public Accounting's 2014 Top 100 Accounting Firms based on its 2013 financial results. The annual report ranked Blue & Co. 53rd nationwide.