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Nine Entrepreneurs Going Into New Hall of Fame

By Pamela Burke - Alan Lytle

Lexington, KY – Nine Kentuckians whose business acumen has made an impact on the Commonwealth will be honored Wednesday night in the inaugural induction of the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. Event Co-Chair Bobby Clark with Kentucky Student Ventures Corporation, says the first class of inductees was selected based on a variety of attributes including growth, job creation, innovation, risk-taking, and community impact.

"People like Kentucky Governor John Y. Brown who bought Kentucky Fried Chicken from Colonel Sanders years ago and turned that into a global franchise, creating jobs in Kentucky and around the world, Jim Host, who created Host Communications and Printing, or even UK President Lee Todd who started a company called Projectron and Databeam. That success as entrepreneurs is important to celebrate so that we can encourage others to start their own businesses."

The 2010 class also includes the late W.T. Young, Alletch Founder and CEO Pearse Lyons, and Papa John's Pizza's John Schnatter. Dippin' Dots founder Curt Jones of Paducah, will deliver the keynote address. The event gets under way Wednesday night at 6:30 at Awesome, Inc. in downtown Lexington.