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Nola Sizemore | Daily EnterpriseGreg Drury, owner and operator of The Portal, stands near their wood-fired oven. Drury is a 2014 EIEA finalist in the Start-Up Business category.
Nola Sizemore | Daily EnterpriseGreg Drury, owner and operator of The Portal, stands near their wood-fired oven. Drury is a 2014 EIEA finalist in the Start-Up Business category.
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Greg Drury, owner and operator of The Portal, has been chosen as a 2014 EIEA finalist in the Start-Up Business category.


Twelve entrepreneurs in southern and eastern Kentucky will share their business success stories in the 2014 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards (EIEA) program at a regional awards recognition luncheon on Sept. 8 at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.


The Portal opened in June of 2013 and is located at 101 North Main Street in downtown Harlan. The pizza bar has put a unique spin on the classic neighborhood pizza eatery. The two-story venue, previously BB&T and Harlan National banks, was completely renovated and transformed into a casual family-oriented gathering spot.


The concept behind The Portal is simple and winning — great American/Italian cuisine, with an emphasis on quality and value and a place where local history is visible at every turn.


“Diversification is critical to the future economic success of southern and eastern Kentucky and it’s our local entrepreneurs who can help define the path forward,” said U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05).


“Gov. Beshear and I launched the SOAR initiative last year to promote and support job growth in our region. As local business owners expand, they bring much-needed stability to our families and communities.


The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. and will be followed by an awards presentation by program sponsors. EIEA brings together some of the region’s top small business owners to share their challenges and successes and network with other entrepreneurs.


The EIEA program recognizes and promotes entrepreneurs in the region who exemplify the spirit of entrepreneurship by creating and managing a successful business enterprise.


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


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