Business Awards for week of September 17

■ For the sixth consecutive year, the Big Ass Fan Co., the worldwide leader in large-diameter, low-speed fans, has been named one of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Inc. magazine's Inc. 5000 list highlights America's independent entrepreneurs. Big Ass Fans has earned a place on the list since its inception in 2007.

Moving up more than 700 places to No. 3,008 on this year's list, Big Ass Fans has shown a 72 percent growth in revenue over the past three years.

According to Inc. magazine, the companies on this year's list created more than 400,000 jobs over the past three years.

The Big Ass Fan Co. will join this year's honorees at the Inc. 500/5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony Oct. 3-5 in Phoenix.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database, can be found at

■ For the second year, Central Baptist Hospital has received a Women's Choice Award from WomenCertified distinguishing it as one of the 2012 America's Best Hospitals for Patient Experience.

The award is based on criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and what women say they want from a hospital including quality physician communications, responsiveness of nurses and support staff, cleanliness and trusted referrals from other women.

Hospitals qualify for this annual list based on an in-depth proprietary scoring process. The scoring incorporates a national, standardized survey of patients' perspectives of hospital care reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and an analysis that weighs criteria identified as the most important to women for patient satisfaction. Additionally, the scoring incorporates WomenCertified's in-depth research on customer satisfaction among women, including a joint study on customer satisfaction by gender conducted with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The 100 best scores in four hospital size categories determine the award winners. WomenCertified does not accept payment in exchange for placement on the list.

■ At its 36th annual conference, the Kentucky Aviation Association, in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Aviation, presented Airport Board Member and Airport Manager of the Year awards for outstanding service at commercial service and general aviation airports.

Bobby Owens, a member of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board, was named Airport Board Member of the Year in the commercial service airport category.

Danny Walker, chairman of the Muhlenberg County Airport Board, was named Airport Board Member of the Year in the general aviation airport category.

Eric J. Frankl, executive director of the Blue Grass Airport, was named Airport Manager of the Year in the commercial service airport category.

Mitch Coleman, manager of the Fleming-Mason Airport, was named Airport Manager of the Year in the general aviation airport category.

The Kentucky Aviation Association is a non-profit corporation designed to foster and promote aviation facilities, safety, industry, business, recreation and aerospace education in Kentucky and elsewhere.

■ Lexington-based law firm Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a recipient of the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for the fourth consecutive year. As a Sloan Award winner, Sturgill Turner ranks in the top 20 percent of employers nationally in terms of its programs, policies and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace.

The Sloan Award is administered by When Work Works, a national initiative to educate the business community on the value of workplace flexibility. The award honors organizations nationwide that use workplace flexibility as a strategy to increase effectiveness and yield positive business results. The Sloan Awards are unique for their two-step selection process, which involves an evaluation of employers' flexibility programs and practices, as well as a confidential employee survey. All applicants are measured against national norms from the Families and Work Institute's National Study of Employers.

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Compiled by Dorothea Wingo