Business awards

Blood-Horse Publications has received a total of 17 awards, including the top award for general excellence, for Keeneland magazine, at the American Horse Publications annual awards program. Since its inception in 1974, the AHP has recognized excellence in editorial content and graphic design.

Lexington-based Fazoli's has been named one of Parent's Magazine's 10 Best Fast-Casual Restaurants for 2009.

Two Hospice of the Bluegrass employees have been recognized at the Kentucky Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Conference for their leadership, commitment and dedication to the Hospice industry. Sherri Weisenfluh, associate vice president of counseling, received the Pioneer Award for being a national leader in the advancement of social work. Mary K. Fedorchuk, a social worker, has received the Above and Beyond Award for her work in the bereavement department after the Comair Flight 5191 crash.

Lexington-based Small Craft Advisory, the official publication of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and its editor, Kimberly Jenkins, have received the 2009 APEX Award of Excellence in the Most Improved Magazines and Journals category. Jenkins also won an Award of Excellence in news writing for her article "To Swim or Not To Swim" (January-February 2008). The article was part of an issue focusing on cold-water immersion. APEX is an international competition that recognizes outstanding publications from newsletters and magazines to annual reports, brochures and Web sites.

Donna Bowers, co-founder and managing partner of Elizabethtown-based iPay Technologies, has been recognized with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Under Bowers' leadership, iPay has grown from a start-up in 2001 to the largest independent bill pay provider in the United States. Today, iPay provides bill-payment services to more than 2,800 financial institutions and more than 1.2 million subscribers. For more information, go to

Jim Zawacki, president and CEO, of Michigan-based GR Spring and Stamping Co., has received the 2009 Michigan Manufacturers Association's John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award. GRSS is the industry leader in the manufacturing of metal stamping, value-added assemblies, springs and slide-formed products. GRSS has three plants in Michigan, one in Richmond, one in Mexico and one in Japan.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo