CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — Matt Perkins and his family-owned business, Second Hand Rose, were the big winners at the Northeast Kentucky Small Business Awards ceremony on Thursday at the Boyd County Community Center. The event recognized small business owners and advocates in Boyd, Carter and Greenup counties.
It was coordinated by the Morehead State University/Ashland Small Business Development Center, and 18 of 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 Kim Jenkins, event coordinator. “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 44 nominations in nine categories.
Perkins was named the Small Business Champin and Second Hand Rose, the consignment stored owned by Sam, Ann, Michael and Matt Perkins, was named the Small Business of the Year.
Other winners were:
- New Business-(Greenup County) Kevin and Kristin Martin, Pride Athletics
- Emerging Business-(Carter County) Katrina Barker, Hometown Health
- Retail/Wholesale-(Boyd County) Sam, Ann, Michael and Matt Perkins, Second Hand Rose
- Service-(Boyd County) Alex Brown, Brown Landscape Management;
- Professional-(Greenup County) Danny Tackett, CPA, Andrews, Tackett and Associates, PSC;
- -Downtown Business-(Carter County) Tony James, James Do It Best Hardware
- Family-Owned Business-(Boyd County) Mark Keith Stone, Jr., Air Equipment Sales & Service
- Young Entrepreneur-(Greenup County) Joshua D. Spears, Tech Wizard Computers
Ralph Ross, District Director, Kentucky Small Business Administration, made a special award presentation to Tim Preston, the editor of the Grayson Journal-Enquirer and Olive Hill Times, who was named 2017 Kentucky SBA Small Business Media Advocate of the Year.