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LONDON, Ky.— Shane Richmond and Scott Maddux of Wildcat Harley-Davidson—winners of the 2012 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards (EIEA) —were recognized on Wednesday at an EIEA Hometown Event in Laurel County.

The small business owners and entrepreneurs celebrated their win in the Start-Up Business category with friends and supporters, community leaders, and EIEA sponsoring partners at a catered luncheon at the Wildcat Harley-Davidson dealership in London.

Richmond, general manager and owner, accepted the EIEA award on behalf of Wildcat Harley-Davidson last month at a luncheon program and regional awards presentation hosted at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

The EIEA program was established in 2001 to recognize small business owners, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations in Southern and Eastern Kentucky for their successful business accomplishments and entrepreneurial spirit.

“We developed this dealership with a love for the area and a drive for the best customer service,” said Richmond. “Since our opening three years ago, Wildcat Harley-Davidson has exceeded what we dreamed to be able to achieve.”

Wildcat Harley-Davidson, located at 575 E. Hal Rogers Parkway, is a full-service motorcycle dealership serving customers in and around Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

Other 2012 EIEA award recipients include: Jeff Parmelee and Terry Randall, Total Rehab Center, Somerset, Ky., For-Profit Small Business; Masato Sugimura, Lincoln Manufacturing USA, LLC, Stanford, Ky., For-Profit Business; Grace Community Health Center, Gray, Ky., Not-For-Profit Entity; and Hong R. Zhang Durandal, owner, and Peter H. Hackbert, mentor, Energy Hunters LLC, Berea, Ky., Young Entrepreneur.

The EIEA program is sponsored by Eastern Kentucky University’s (EKU) College of Business and Technology, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation (SKED) Corporation, and The Center for Rural Development.

For more information, contact The Center for Rural Development at 606-677-6000 or EKU’s College of Business and Technology at 859-622-2334.

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