The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development will host its 30th Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 Southwest Topeka Boulevard, Topeka.
The event will recognize 13 companies and three individuals for their support of Kansas minority and women-owned businesses and their efforts to create opportunities. The luncheon takes place during Kansas Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, the Department’s annual celebration of minority and women entrepreneurs in Kansas.
“Minority Enterprise Development Week is a great opportunity to honor the minority and women owned businesses in our state,” Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George said. “The companies and entrepreneurs recognized at the awards luncheon stand out for their tremendous contributions to their communities and our economy. They are leaders who help make Kansas a great place to live and work.”
Sponsors of the luncheon include Beechcraft Corporation, Dillons, GO Topeka/Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development, KCP&L, PTMW Inc. and NetWork Kansas.
The registration fee for the luncheon is $40 per person or $320 for a table of eight. Registration is required, and the deadline to register is Oct. 8. Please visit KansasCommerce.com/MEDWeek to register, or contact Rhonda Harris, director of the Office of Minority and Women Business Development, at (785) 296-3425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of Minority and Women Business Development provides assistance in business development, identifying resources for financing and establishing contacts in the public and private sectors. The office is responsible for certifying minority and women-owned businesses as small disadvantaged businesses for procurement and subcontracting opportunities.
(A list of 2014 winners follows.)
Company Awards—Kansas Women-Owned Businesses
Construction RFB Construction Co. Inc.Deborah BeachnerPittsburg
ManufacturerGlobal Aviation Technologies, LLCCandace Cottner Wichita
Professional Service New Birth Company, LLCCatherine Gordon & Kendra WyattOverland Park
Retail Prairiebrooke ArtsBrooke MoreheadOverland Park
Service IndustryWilson Chiropractic Center, PADr. Rosemarie Wilson, DCEl Dorado
Supplier/DistributorPremier Promotions, LLCJoan Carhart & Cindy CarhartLeawood
Company Awards—Kansas Minority-Owned Businesses
Construction Agua Fina Irrigation & Landscape, LLCHector DeanKansas City
Manufacturer MASS Medical Storage, LLCAubrey GuezuragaLenexa
Professional Service Chelsoft Solutions Co.Kiran ChelluriOlathe
Retail Tequilas Mexican GrillMedardo MunozGarden City
Service Industry God’s Distribution Enterprises, LLC dba Goin’ PostalJoyce Moore, M.D.Kansas City
Supplier/DistributorEvolv Solutions, LLCRonald HarlandOverland Park
Individual AwardsMinority Business Advocate Carol WeiMid-America Asian Culture AssociationOlathe
Women Business Advocate Bonnie FullinwiderBeechcraft CorporationWichita
Young EntrepreneurDaryl BugnerDesign Brilliance, LLCLawrence
Corporation of the YearKCP<erry Bassham, President/CEOKansas City