■ Entrepreneur Garry Conley, owner of a Minuteman Press franchise since 2004, has been recognized by his Kentucky peers with the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award in the for-profit business category at the annual EIEA Awards presented by Eastern Kentucky University College of Business and Technology, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corp., Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corp. and The Center for Rural Development.
■ Jane Stephenson, founder of the New Opportunity School for Women, has been recognized by the Christian Appalachian Project with its inaugural Champions of Appalachia Award. The award honors those who have created a lasting legacy of significant impact to the Central Appalachian region. Stephenson was honored for creating the New Opportunity School for Women and for the difference it has made and continues to make in the lives of Appalachian women.
■ Kentucky consumers have voted three Baptist Health hospitals as the No. 1 health care facility in their hometowns.
This year marks the 13th time that Baptist Health Louisville has won the Consumer Choice Award; Baptist Health Lexington has been recognized 12 times with the honor, and Hardin Memorial Health, which is managed by Baptist Health, has been named four times. The Medical Center in Bowling Green was the only other Kentucky hospital to be recognized with a 2015-16 Consumer Choice Award.
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■ VisitLEX has earned several awards at the Kentucky Travel Industry Association fall conference, held Oct. 20 in Bowling Green.
The KTIA Traverse Awards honor the talent, creativity and effectiveness of its members' marketing and public relations efforts.
VisitLEX was awarded the following:
■ Judges' Choice: VisitLEX Visitors Guide and the #SharetheLEX Refresh Campaign
■ Gold: Brewgrass Trail Campaign
■ Silver: Leisure Traveler Campaign, Staycation Campaign and Beyond Grits Guide
■ Bronze: #SharetheLEX Refresh Campaign and #MeetLEX Meeting Video
■ Liquor Barn of Kentucky has been named America's best multiple outlet retailer for 2016 by Whisky Magazine. Each year, Whisky Magazine polls thousands of spirits-industry experts for the Icons of Whisky awards. Liquor Barn, which won the same award in 2012, will be one of three retailers up for the global award, to announced in March. Liquor Barn operates 15 stores in Kentucky.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo