The Kansas Department of Commerce Office of Minority and Women Business Development is accepting nominations for Kansas minority and/or women owned businesses, advocates, young entrepreneurs and corporations. These nominations celebrate Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, and nominees will be recognized at the annual Kansas Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon to be held on Oct. 13 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka.
“Minority Enterprise Development Week offers us the opportunity to recognize the many outstanding minority and women owned businesses in our state,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “These businesses make Kansas a better place to live and work by creating jobs and giving back to their communities.”
The deadline to nominate a business or individual is Friday, July 17. Online nomination forms can be accessed at KansasCommerce.com/MEDweek. To request a hard copy of the form, please contact Rhonda Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org or (785) 296-3425. All forms submitted by mail must be postmarked by July 17. Forms can be mailed to Rhonda Harris, Office of Minority and Women Business Development, Kansas Department of Commerce, 1000 S.W. Jackson St., Suite 100, Topeka, KS 66612; faxed to (785) 296-3490; or emailed to email@example.com.
The Office of Minority and Women Business Development provides assistance in business management, 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.)
2014 Women-Owned Businesses of the Year• RFB Construction Co. Inc. – Pittsburg (Construction Firm) • Global Aviation Technologies, LLC – Wichita (Manufacturing Firm) • New Birth Company, LLC – Overland Park (Professional Service Firm) • Prairiebrooke Arts – Overland Park (Retail Firm) • R Wilson Chiropractic Center, PA – El Dorado (Service Industry Firm) • Premier Promotions, LLC – Leawood (Supplier/Distributor Firm)
2014 Minority-Owned Businesses of the Year• Agua Fina Irrigation & Landscape, LLC – Kansas City (Construction Firm) • MASS Medical Storage, LLC – Lenexa (Manufacturing Firm) • Chelsoft Solutions Co. – Olathe (Professional Service Firm) • Tequilas Mexican Grill – Garden City (Retail Firm) • God’s Distribution Enterprises, LLC dba Goin’ Postal – Kansas City (Service Industry Firm) • Evolv Solutions, LLC – Overland Park (Supplier/Distributor Firm)
2014 Women Business Advocate • Bonnie Fullinwider, Beechcraft Corporation – Wichita
2014 Minority Business Advocate• Carol Wei, Mid-America Asian Culture Association – Olathe
2014 Young Entrepreneur• Daryl Bugner, Design Brilliance, LLC – Lawrence
2014 Corporation of the Year• KCP&L – Kansas City