Commerce Lexington will honor small businesses and the contribution they make to the economy at its Salute to Small Business Awards luncheon Sept. 26.
Small businesses will be recognized in a variety of categories and one will be named the Small Business of the Year. That business will then be submitted by the Bluegrass Small Business Development Center for state and national recognition through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Category winners include:
Green Initiative award winner: Comfort and Process Solutions, Inc. at 1143 Brock McVey Drive in Lexington, Mark and Barb Saunier, president, owner. This award recognizes a business or organization for implementing green initiatives — either internally or externally — that encourage sustainable business practices and environmentally friendly ways to do business.
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Innovation award winner: integrity IT at 3080 Harrordsburg Road in Lexington, Phillip R. Miller, president. This award recognizes companies that have demonstrated ability in adopting and utilizing technology to directly increase productivity, efficiency, revenue and/or profits.
Business Success award winner: LM Communications Broadcast Media Group at 401 W. Main Street in Lexington, Lynn M. Martin, owner and president. This 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.
Phoenix award winner: NTSG, Inc. at 848 Nandino Boulevard in Lexington, Nancy L. Elberty, president/CEO. The 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.
Nonprofit award winner: Radio Eye, Inc. at 1733 Russell Cave Road in Lexington, Amy Hatter, executive director. This award recognizes a non-profit 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.
Legacy award winner: Stephen Hillenmeyer Landscape Services at 2337 Sandersville Road in Lexington, Stephen Hillenmeyer, president. This award recognizes 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: TravelHost of the Bluegrass at 3600 Flower Mound Court in Lexington, Eli Mertens, president and publisher. This 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.
For more information about the category winners, visit Commercelexington.com.