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SOMERSET — Advanced registrations are now being accepted for the 2013 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards (EIEA) luncheon on Monday, Sept. 9, beginning at 11:30 a.m., at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

Twelve small business owners and nonprofit organizations in Eastern and Southern Kentucky will be recognized —and the award winners announced—at the EIEA regional awards program for their efforts to grow the region’s economy.

“Small businesses lend vitality to towns and cities everywhere creating employment, opportunity, and a sense of distinction for the locale,” said Stephen Taylor, chairman of the EIEA committee. “Nominated by friends, neighbors, or customers, no matter what size business they run, finalists are recognized for making significant contributions to their communities.”

This year’s finalists and their respective award categories are:

For-Profit Business: Shane Baker and Patrick Heist, Owners, Ferm Solutions, Inc., Danville, Ky.; Bryan Floyd, CEO, Chieftain Steel, Liberty, Ky.; and Anthony and Julie Roberts, Owners, Servpro of Pulaski and Laurel Counties, London, Ky.

Start-Up Business: Gus and Kristin LaFontaine and Jeff and Abby McIntier, LaFontaine Preparatory School, Richmond, Ky.; Scott L. Shinn, Sustainment Solutions Inc., Lancaster, Ky.; and Kristi Bertrand and Trisha Mullins, Owners/Founders, Medical Career and Technical College, Richmond, Ky.

Not-For-Profit Entity: Paul D. Dole, President/CEO, KCEOC Community Action Partnership, Inc., Barbourville, Ky.; Jackson County Regional Food Center 3AJC Inc., Tyner, Ky.; and Tom Manning-Beavin, President, Southern Tier Housing Corporation, London, Ky.

Young Entrepreneur: Todd Duff, Owner, LowGap Outfitters and Jak’d Up Outdoors, Hindman, Ky.; Adam C. Luttrell, Bear Country Cupcakes, Harlan, Ky.; and Monica and Eric Withers, MEW Productions, Monticello, Ky.

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 per person. Reservations will be accepted through Sept. 4.

The EIEA program is sponsored by Eastern Kentucky University’s (EKU) College of Business and Technology, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation (SKED), and The Center for Rural Development.

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