■ Adalhi Aranda, founder of Bluegrass Youth Ballet, has been selected to be part of the Small Business Revolution documentary project. Aranda, a native of Mexico and a professional dancer, began the dance company with a commitment to fostering an encouraging environment for dancers, one much different than the way in which she learned to dance.
The Small Business Revolution is a yearlong campaign that celebrates the vibrancy, variety and community impact of small businesses all across the country. See the photo essay profiling the Bluegrass Youth Ballet at Smallbusinessrevolution.org.
■ Clark Regional Medical Center chief executive officer Cherie Sibley has been named CEO of the Year by LifePoint Hospitals. This award is presented annually to a leader within LifePoint who exemplifies the company's core values. In presenting the award, Scott Raplee, president of LifePoint's Central Group, praised Sibley's work ethic and commitment to her medical staff, employees and community. Sibley started as a nurse in her hometown community hospital and progressed through leadership roles until ultimately becoming CEO of CRMC in 2013.
■ Eleven participants in the 2015 Minority and Women Construction Training Program graduated recently. It was the program's fifth graduating class. The 10-week program, which is managed by the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, covered a wide range of topics from business planning, estimating and bidding, contracts and legal issues to project safety.
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The classes are open to minority- or women-owned construction firms with a minimum of 51 percent ownership in a construction or construction-related business.
The graduates and the businesses they represent are:
Angie Smith, KPC Architectural Products, Lexington; Eleanor Leonard, Leonard Engineering, Louisville; Frank Hall, AWJ Cleaning Concepts, Cincinnati; Lynette Bartholomew, Key to Cleaning, Nicholasville; James W. Hooten, Hooten Home Services, Louisville; Maria Gonzalez, A to Z Cleaning Service, Lexington; Sarah L. Taylor, GeoMorphics, Louisville; Margaret Workman, Workman Home Repairs, Lexington; Traci Waters, Bluegrass Construction Plus, Frankfort; Joseph Williams, JW Construction, Lexington; and Karralea Stickrod-List, The Decor Group of NKY, Hebron.
For more information about the program, contact Marilyn Clark at (859) 258-3323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.