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Nominations sought for Corporations for the Commonwealth award

Nomination deadline Oct. 2

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2015) — Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is calling for nominations for the Corporations for the Commonwealth award.

Grimes, the state’s chief business official, established the award earlier this year to recognize Kentucky businesses that commit to being leaders in their communities and the state. The deadline for nominations for the period ending Sept. 30 is Oct. 2.

“Kentucky businesses keep our economy going and growing, but they also deserve recognition for their dedication to public service and civic action,” said Grimes. “More than 100,000 businesses have started in the commonwealth since I took office, and I’m proud to spearhead this initiative to honor those that go out of their way to improve their communities.”

The inaugural Corporations for the Commonwealth large business honoree was Ventra Plastics in Logan County. The first small business to earn the recognition was ID+A, Inc., in Jefferson County.

Each quarter, Corporations for the Commonwealth will choose one large (more than 50 employees) and one small (50 employees or fewer) organization through a nomination process that is open to the public. Nomination forms are available and can be completed online.

Nominees must have demonstrated a commitment to corporate giving, a drive to improve local and/or regional social conditions, and a culture of giving within their organizations. They must also be registered with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office. Additional eligibility requirements are contained in the nomination packet.