GLASGOW, Ky. — On Thursday morning, Barren Inc., the Barren County Chamber of Commerce, held its inaugural Business Excellence Awards press conference and announced the winners.
Recipients were announced for the Magnolia Award and Small Business Person of the Year. The event was created to show appreciation and honor the local small business community, according to a statement from Barren Inc.
The Magnolia Award sponsored by Houchens Industries recognizes a female leader who demonstrates excellence in the Barren County community. This year, the Magnolia Award went to Sonya Davis of the Barren County Board of Education.
“Sonya, like a magnolia, produced a powerful root system that created a solid foundation for the community,” said CheyAnne Fant, who nominated Davis for this award.
Davis is a local workforce development leader where she led the development of the first daycare apprenticeship program that placed eight local high school students in a nationally registered apprenticeship program in the Barren Beyond the Bell Afterschool & Childcare Centers.
Davis also serves in the community through her position on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club and by co-directing the BC Reads and Feeds program, a community project that helps raise funds for weekend lunch bags. -end, books and educational materials for local families.
The next award announced was Small Business Person of the Year sponsored by The Peoples Bank. This award recognizes a local business owner who demonstrates excellence in entrepreneurship and operates a successful small business.
This year, Fine Arts Bistro’s Danny Williams was named Small Business Person of the Year 2022. Williams was nominated by Kellie McKay with Commonwealth Broadcasting.
“During the pandemic shutdowns, Danny was able to pivot and reinvent his entire business process to keep the majority of his employees full-time and to keep his business open, while providing delicious take-out meals to the community,” McKay said. .
The statement said Williams was not only business savvy, but also a strong supporter of the community as he uses local vendors and produce for his restaurant, supports local artists by providing space for them to display their work and recently donated plastic utensils and service clothing to volunteers who provided soup and meals to those affected by the tornadoes.
“Sonya and Danny are both great assets to Barren County and our chamber. Individuals and members like them help move our community forward and positively impact our region,” said Chamber President and CEO Maureen Carpenter.