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Area’s small businesses honored at annual event

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — The 20th Annual Northeast Kentucky Small Business Awards were presented during a breakfast ceremony on Thursday, May 10, at the Boyd County Community Center in Catlettsburg. The event recognized small business owners and advocates in Boyd, Carter and Greenup counties.

This year’s event was coordinated by the Morehead State University/Ashland Small Business Development Center and the area's top leaders in banking, economic development, business and industry, and education including representatives from Ashland Alliance, Ashland Community and Technical College, Ashland Convention & Visitors Bureau, The BlackHorse Farm, City National Bank, Community Trust Bank, FIVCO-ADD, Grayson Area Chamber of Commerce, and United Way of Northeast Kentucky.

“Small businesses account for more than 95 percent of our local economy,” said event planners. “We are fortunate to have so many innovative, hard working entrepreneurs who contribute time, energy and financial resources to numerous community and civic organizations." This year the group received 40 nominations in 9 categories.

This year’s winners were:

  • New Business-(Greenup County) Jason & Becky Leadingham,
  • Enersurv, Inc.
  • Emerging Business-(Boyd
  • County) Dale Webb & Terry Callihan, Air Extreme/One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Retail/Wholesale-(Greenup County) Chris & Dana Adkins, Paradise Pools and Spas
  • Service-(Boyd County) Jonathan Pennington & Aaron Jarrell, Health and Safety Sciences
  • Construction/Contracting-(Carter County) Rocky & Christy Kiser, Covenant Cable
  • Downtown Business-(Boyd County) Tim Caines, Pawn Shop Express/Music Box Express
  • Family-Owned Business-(Carter County) Jeffrey Lewis & Denise Colley, J.F. Lewis & Co. Furniture
  • Young Entrepreneur-(Boyd County) Chelsea Potter, Bluegrass Mama Creations
  • Small Business Champion-(Carter County) Dan & Mindy Click, Grayson Gallery & Art Center

The 2018 Northeast Kentucky “Small Business of the Year” award was captured by Jonathan Pennington & Aaron Jarrell, Health and Safety Sciences.

“Small businesses account for more than 95 percent of our local economy,” said event planners. “We are fortunate to have so many innovative, hardworking entrepreneurs who contribute time, energy and financial resources to numerous community and civic organizations.”

Robert Coffey, Deputy District Director, Kentucky Small Business Administration, made a special award presentation to Earl Twinam, Director of Business Development, First & Peoples Bank and Trust Co., who was named 2018 Kentucky SBA Financial Services Advocate of the Year.

Additional information about the Northeast Kentucky Small Business Awards is available at www.nekysba.com or call 606-329- 8011.

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