■ Lawyers of Color has named Stoll Keenon Ogden attorney Allison Donovan among the 100 early- to mid-career lawyers under 40 from the Southern region to its inaugural Hot List.
Donovan focuses on mergers and acquisitions, banking and securities and corporate governance at SKO. She is also a member of the business litigation, securities litigation and real estate practices. Donovan has been with SKO since 2006.
■ Inc. Magazine has ranked 40 Kentucky companies among its Inc. 5000 list of America's fastest-growing private companies. The list ranks companies based on their three-year growth rates. Central and Eastern Kentucky companies included were imaging research firm Photizo Group in Midway (No. 1,655 with 236% growth), fan manufacturer Big Ass Fans in Lexington (No. 2,323 with 157% growth), corporate lodging provider Creative Lodging Solutions in Lexington (No. 2,637 with 133% growth), gaming retailer Troll and Toad in Corbin (No. 3,028 with 110% growth), and information technology firms DMD Data Systems in Frankfort (No. 4,366 with 55% growth) and NetGain Technologies in Lexington (No. 4,888 with 38% growth).
■ The city of Lexington has been named the winner of the first ever Google eCity Award for Kentucky.
The Google eCity Award recognizes the strongest online business community in each state — the digital capitals of America.
"This award proves what we all feel — there's a whole lot of digital innovation going on here in Lexington," said Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.
Google partnered with independent research firm Ipsos to analyze the online strength of local small businesses in cities across the country. Scoring was based on company size, web and social media presence, and eCommerce capabilities.
For information in the eCity initiative, visit Google.com/ecities.
■ For the second consecutive year, Wells Fargo Advisors has designated Terry Smallwood, vice president-investment officer, as a member of the firm's Premier Advisors Program. Smallwood has been a financial adviser with Wells Fargo Advisors for 16 years. Smallwood lives in Lexington and is a member of the Greater Kentucky/Southern Indiana Chapter Alzheimer's Association and the Lexington Forum.
■ The Central Kentucky Chapter of the American Heart Association has recognized board chair Ron Borkowski with the Franklin Moosnick Service Award. Borkowski completed his two-year term as board chair in June 2013. Borkowski re-energized the local chapter, directed the board to gold standard practices and achieved fundraising records that will benefit the mission of the American Heart Association.
In 1990, the Kentucky affiliate of American Heart Association established the Franklin Moosnick Service Award. Named for Dr. Franklin Moosnick, the award is the highest local association honor for volunteerism.
■ The application process for the 10th annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky program is open, and this year's competition features a new category that will honor the best small businesses at which to work in Kentucky. In 2014 winners will be selected from three categories instead of two: small companies of 15-149 employees, medium companies of 150-499 employees and large companies consisting of more than 500 employees (category based on number of U.S. employees, only Kentucky employees surveyed).
To apply, visit Bestplacestoworkky.com. Applications are due by Oct. 31. Winners will be named in January.
■ Gray's Southeast Regional Office has been ranked No. 1 for the 2013 "Best Companies to Work for in Alabama" in the large division category (more than 250 team members in the United States). This fourth annual program, managed by Best Companies Group, is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in Alabama. The list ranks the top 20 companies. "It is truly an honor to be considered the best place to work in Alabama," said Brian Jones, regional manager of Gray's Southeast Office.
Gray, formerly Gray Construction, is an engineering, architecture and construction firm with more than 53 years of experience in manufacturing, automotive, food and beverage, distribution, hospitality and retail facility construction. To learn more about Gray's Southeast Office, visit Gray.com/about-gray/southeast-construction-southeast-office.
■ Twelve small business owners and nonprofit organizations in Eastern and Southern Kentucky have been named finalists in the 2013 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards program for their efforts to grow the region's economy.
The top three finalists in each of the four EIEA business award categories will be recognized — and the winners announced — at a regional EIEA awards presentation and luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 9 at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.
This year's finalists and their respective award categories are:
For-Profit Business: Shane Baker and Patrick Heist, owners, Ferm Solutions, Danville; Bryan Floyd, CEO, Chieftain Steel, Liberty; and Anthony and Julie Roberts, owners, Servpro of Pulaski and Laurel counties, London.
Start-Up Business: Gus and Kristin LaFontaine and Jeff and Abby McIntier, LaFontaine Preparatory School, Richmond; Scott L. Shinn, Sustainment Solutions, Lancaster; and Kristi Bertrand and Trisha Mullins, owners/founders, Medical Career and Technical College, Richmond.
Not-For-Profit Entity: Paul D. Dole, President/CEO, KCEOC Community Action Partnership, Barbourville; Jackson County Regional Food Center 3AJC, Tyner; and Tom Manning-Beavin, president, Southern Tier Housing Corporation, London.
Young Entrepreneur: Todd Duff, owner, LowGap Outfitters and Jak'd Up Outdoors, Hindman; Adam C. Luttrell, Bear Country Cupcakes, Harlan; and Monica and Eric Withers, MEW Productions, Monticello.
To make reservations for the 2013 EIEA awards luncheon, call The Center for Rural Development at (606) 677-6000 or register online at http://crdev.us/2013eiealunch. The cost of the luncheon is $20 a person. Reservations accepted through Sept. 4.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo