The nomination deadline for the yearly Hardin County Entre­preneur Awards is rapidly drawing nearer.

The due date to nominate an entrepreneur/business is at noon Monday, said Lisa Boone, director of the Kentucky In­no­vation Net­work in El­­iza­­bethtown.

Award winners will be honored during Global Entrepreneurship Week at the third annual awards banquet, set for Nov. 15 at Boundary Oak Distillery in Radcliff. It is supported by the Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center, the Small Business Development Center and Taul Solutions.

There are six nomination categories, including the Dr. Robert E. Robbins Entrepreneur of the Year; Young Entrepreneur of the Year (35 or younger); Cultural Impact Entrepreneur of the Year; Start-up of the Year; and Scale-up of the Year.

A new award this year, Boone said, is the Veteran Business of the Year. With the large number of veteran entrepreneurs in the area, Boone said they felt the group needed its own category.

To submit a nomination application online, go to or email nomination information to

Nominations should include the award category and the nominee’s name, phone number and email address. It should describe the nominee and his or her business, as well as how the nominee exhibits the traits of an entrepreneur.

The nomination also must include what makes the business different or special. Other relevant information is welcomed.

“We want people to really think about nominating someone. It only takes a moment to go online and fill out this really short form,” Boone said. “… It’ll take five minutes to nominate someone they think is worthy.”

The guest speaker of the event will be last year’s Scale-Up Entrepreneur of the Year winner, Bobbie Crabtree, owner of USA Bridal Inc.

A cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m.

Seating is limited. To reserve a seat, go to or call 270-307-4214 for more information about the event.


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