■ The Small Business Development Center at Eastern Kentucky University has been named the best in Kentucky by the state SBDC. The center is an outreach service of EKU's College of Business and Technology, with offices on the Richmond campus and in Somerset. It provides free counseling, training and information programs and services to existing and potential small business owners in 15 counties. Michael Rodriguez is the director of the EKU SBDC. For more information, visit Ekubiz.com.
■ Susan E. Stone, president and dean of Frontier Nursing University, has been recognized with the 2011 Felicia Stewart Advocacy Award, a national honor recognizing individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to advocacy on behalf of reproductive health and rights. The award, sponsored by the American Public Health Association, was presented Oct. 31 during the APHA annual meeting in Washington. Stone is a certified nurse-midwife and a fellow in the American College of Nurse-Midwives. During her tenure as president and dean, Stone has ensured Mary Breckinridge's model for decreasing rural health disparities, providing reproductive care and promoting public health among women and families in Appalachia has been emulated across the world. Breckinridge founded what later became FNU in 1939.
■ Henkel Denmark, a Lexington-based landscape design and maintenance company, has been selected as the Landscaper of the Year in a national competition through Total Landscape Care magazine. The business will be featured on the cover of Total Landscape Care magazine's January issue.
■ James T. Love, director of process excellence for ACS, has been named to Quality Progress magazine's Top 40 under 40 - New Voices of Quality list. The designation was granted by the American Society for Quality.
■ Old Forester master distiller Chris Morris, and best-selling author and general manager of IDEO, a design and development company, Tom Kelley, have been honored with the inaugural George Garvin Brown Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation and Excellence and Dedication to the Community. The award was named after George Garvin Brown, creator of Old Forester Bourbon.
■ DelCotto Law Group has been recognized in the 2011-12 U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" in the practice areas of bankruptcy and creditor rights/insolvency and reorganization law (Tier 1) and in bankruptcy-litigation (Tier 2) for Lexington. Laura Day DelCotto has also been named a 2012 Best Lawyer in the bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law practice area. For more information, visit dlgfirm.com.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo