■ The Downtown Lexington Corp. is accepting nominations for the 2015 DLC Awards of Excellence in several categories: Urban Innovation Award, Landscape Streetscape Award, Leadership Achievement Award, Perfect Partner Award, Outstanding Individual Award and the Smiley Pete Award.
To nominate someone, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 11. In the email, include the business, organization or individual's name that you would like to nominate along with the award that you would like to nominate them for and a brief description of why they deserve the award.
For more information visit Downtownlex.com.
■ Twelve entrepreneurs from nine Kentucky counties have been selected as finalists in the 2015 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards program and will be recognized at a regional awards luncheon in Sept. 14 at The Center for Rural Development. Finalists in each of the four EIEA business award categories will share their success stories as small business owners and entrepreneurs in Kentucky.
This year's EIEA finalists and their respective award categories are:
Young Entrepreneur: Abby Scott, team leader, Lake Cumberland Kids, Somerset; Aaron Roberts, owner, Yard Farmers, Somerset; and Kelsey Sebastian, owner, Kelsey's on Main, Jackson.
Start-Up Business: Kim Gardner, owner, Class 101: College Finance and Planning Eastern Kentucky, Berea; Lidia Godbey, owner/fitness instructor, Turn it Up Dance & Fitness Studio, Somerset; and Blaine Staat, co-owner, Staat's Bakery, Liberty.
For-Profit Business: Theresa Chambers, owner, Starwood Mountain, Manchester; Debbie Dutton, owner, Life is Sweet Café, Somerset; and Garry Conley, owner/president, Minuteman Press of London, London.
Not-for-Profit Entity: Joe Crawford, executive director, Estill County 21st Century, Irvine; Dr. Eric Loy, chief executive officer/medical director, Cumberland Family Medical Center, Burkesville; and Dr. David Snow, director, Kentucky Innovation Network, Pikeville.
To make reservations for the 2015 EIEA awards luncheon, call The Center for Rural Development at (606) 677-6000 or register online at Crdev.us/eiea2015. The cost of the luncheon is $20 per person. Reservations will be accepted through Sept. 4.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo