■ Lexington-based Hargrove Madden has been awarded the 2012 American Bar Association eLawyering Award. This national award is given to one law firm in the United States every year to recognize firms that have developed innovative delivery of personal legal services, with special attention given to firms that serve moderate income individuals and the middle class.
Although Hargrove Madden is focused on high net worth estate planning in its traditional practice, the firm began an online legal service last year focusing on last wills and testaments, living trusts, and medical and financial powers of attorney, among other things.
The cost for online services is about half of the traditional office visit approach. Other benefits include allowing clients to know the exact cost of the services rather than the traditional, open-ended arrangement of billing by the hour and the convenience of not having to take off work to schedule an appointment in a law office.
For more information, go to the client portal, Hargrovemadden.com/onlinepractice.
Hargrove Madden has offices in more than 20 states. Offices in Kentucky are in Lexington and Louisville.
■ Sonitrol of Lexington received five national awards at the recent Sonitrol National Dealer Association Conference in New Orleans.
Sonitrol of Lexington was named the top-producing office in the United States for 2011 and was awarded the Sonitrol Cup. The company also was recognized as Warranty Dealer of the Year.
Sonitrol of Lexington security consultant Bobby Klaiber was awarded the Sonitrol Belt for top sales in the nation. Scott Green was third in sales production. This is the second consecutive year the two have placed in the top five.
Crystal Newton, Sonitrol's business development coordinator, received the Sonitrol Best Practices Award for administration and support.
Sonitrol provides businesses with security solutions for intrusion, video, access and fire.
The company, established in Lexington in 1969, will move to a new facility on Custer Drive this month. For more information, go to Sonitrollexington.com or call (859) 255-2525.
■ The Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards program — honoring excellence since 2001 — is accepting nominations for the region's top business leaders and entrepreneurs who have launched and are managing successful enterprises in southern and Eastern Kentucky.
Nominations will be accepted through June 4 in five business award categories, including a new award entry that recognizes the accomplishments of young entrepreneurs. For the first time, EIEA will honor the work of young entrepreneurs (25 and younger) who are operating successful businesses in the region.
The top three finalists in each of the five EIEA business categories will be recognized Sept. 10 at the 2012 EIEA Awards luncheon hosted at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.
Nominations will be accepted in the following categories:
■ Business (in existence five or more years with more than 25 employees)
■ Small business (in existence five or more years with 25 or fewer employees)
■ Start-up (in existence less than five years)
■ Not-for-profit entity (in existence at least six months)
■ Young entrepreneur (for businesspeople who are 25 and younger)
For more information on the EIEA program or to download a copy of the EIEA nomination form, go to Crdev.us/2012EIEAnom or contact The Center for Rural Development at (606) 677-6000, visit The Center's Web site at Centertech.com; or contact Eastern Kentucky University's College of Business and Technology at (859) 622-2334 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations may be submitted by any individual or business within the EIEA's 55-county service area by June 4. Those counties are: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Boyle, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Greenup, Harlan, Hart, Jackson, Jessamine, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, McCreary, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Taylor, Wayne, Whitley and Wolfe.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo