CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — Kim Jenkins-McClements’ legacy lives on.
McClements — who started the Northeast Kentucky Small Business Awards — passed away last year. On Thursday morning a very successful Small Business Awards ceremony was held at the Boyd County Community Center, and everyone in attendance made sure to remember McClements was the driving force who made it all possible for many years.
McClements’ husband, Steven McClements, was present for the event and was impressed with the tributes to his late wife.
“It was her goal to get all the small businesses together and recognize everything (small business owners) have achieved and how hard they’ve worked,” Steven McClements said. “To get them in a room like this…they get to meet each other, and get ideas from each other.”
“I loved that everyone remembered Kim,” he said. “This was her baby. She started it and it is still going.”
The centerpiece moment of the event every year is the naming of the Northeast Kentucky Small Business of the Year. This year, DropBox, Inc., of Greenup County was named the Small Business of the Year.
“It is a tremendous honor,” said Mark Fields, general manager of DropBox, Inc. “We are very thankful to be a part of a community that supports business growth. Our owner Mr. (Robert) Slagel, he has a passion for creating jobs, especially in the area. We are very thankful to be a part of an area that supports growth.”
The Greenup County business recently secured a contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The $2.15 million contract is with the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office. A release from the company says the contract calls for DropBox to produce and deliver multiple specially engineered and designed shipping container modifications, known as the On-Dock Rail Straddle Carrier Portal. The specialized container-based scanning units will be positioned at U.S. ports and will be deployed specifically to scan incoming overseas shipping containers for nuclear material that can be found in “dirty bombs” and/or other potential weapons of mass destruction.