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Business awards: Week of Nov. 10

Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative in McKee has received the 2014 Smart Rural Community Showcase Award. Pictured above are J. Michael Stidham, left, the Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative operations manager; Shirley Bloomfield, National Telecommunications Cooperative Association CEO, and the CEO of PRTC, Keith Gabbard.
Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative in McKee has received the 2014 Smart Rural Community Showcase Award. Pictured above are J. Michael Stidham, left, the Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative operations manager; Shirley Bloomfield, National Telecommunications Cooperative Association CEO, and the CEO of PRTC, Keith Gabbard.

Clark Material Handling Co. has won the 2014 Mid-Size Manufacturer of the Year award presented by the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers. The award was announced at the 14th annual Manufacturer & Employee of the Year Awards luncheon recently in Louisville.

■ The fifth annual Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame induction ceremony will honor this year's inductees at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center located at 1860 Mellwood Avenue in Louisville. The Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame celebrates the stories of Kentucky's most successful entrepreneurs.

The 2014 inductees are James Booth, Booth Energy Group; Ulysses Lee "Junior" Bridgeman, Bridgeman Foods; Chris Sullivan, Outback Steakhouse; and John A. Williams, Sr., Computer Services.

The following Emerging Entrepreneurs will also be recognized: Ankur Gopal, Interapt; Jennifer Mackin, The Oliver Group; and Nate Morris, Rubicon Global.

Tickets for the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame are $75 per person and reservations are required. To register, go to Kyehof.eventbrite.com.

Churchill Downs Inc. has been ranked No. 67 on Forbes 100 Best Small Companies in America list for 2014. CDI stands out as the only Kentucky business on the top 100 list as well as the lone gaming company and lone racing company.

This is the first time Churchill Downs Inc. has appeared on this Forbes list. The Kentucky Derby ranked No. 10 this year on Forbes Most Valuable Event Brands in Sports.

The Forbes 100 Best Small Companies in America list features firms with strong sales and earnings growth. For more information, go to Forbes.com/best-small-companies.

Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative in McKee has received the 2014 Smart Rural Community Showcase Award. A Smart Rural Community is one that promotes rural broadband networking to enable applications that communities can use to foster innovative economic development, commerce, education, health care, government services, public safety and security and more efficient energy distribution and usage.

To date, PRTC has spent more than $50 million building out this fiber network. The funding has primarily been secured through PRTC investments and loans from the USDA Rural Utilities Service. About $17.5 million came through a grant from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo

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