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Posted on: September 27, 2011

Kansas Department of Commerce to host Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon

The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development will host its 27th Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon at noon, Oct. 11, in the Emerald Ballroom, Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 Southwest Topeka Boulevard, Topeka, Kan. 66612.

The event will recognize 12 Kansas companies and three individuals for their support of minority and women-owned businesses and their efforts toward creating opportunities. The luncheon coincides with Kansas Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, the Department’s annual celebration of Kansas’ minority and women entrepreneurs.

“Strengthening and expanding minority and women-owned businesses will be key to Kansas if our state is to overcome its current economic challenges,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “I am proud to help recognize the contributions of these business leaders during Kansas Minority Enterprise Development Week.”

The registration fee for the luncheon is $40 per person, or $320 per table of eight. Registration is required, and the deadline to registration is Oct. 5. To register or for more information, visit or contact Rhonda Harris, director of the Office of Minority and Women Business Development, at (785) 296-3425 or PTMW Inc., a metal fabrication and assembly facility based in Topeka, is a gold level sponsor of the lunch.

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.

Company Awards—Kansas Women-Owned Businesses

WEB Contracting, Inc.
F. Lynette Burkhart
25606 Old KC Road, Suite H
Paola, Kan. 66071
(913) 783-4830

Oz Winery
Brooke Balderson
417 Lincoln St.
Wamego, Kan. 66547
(785) 456-7417

Professional Service
Palmer Physical Therapy for Women
Pam Palmer, PT
2020 N. Webb Rd, Suite 104
Wichita, Kan. 67206
(316) 630-9944

Makun, Inc.
Mary Kueny
809 Broadway
Marysville, Kan. 66508
(785) 562-6690

Beto Junction Travel Plaza
Teri Roe Williams
2775 US Hwy 75
Lebo, Kan. 66856
(620) 256-6311

White x White
Kristen White
6700 SW Topeka Blvd, Building #384
Topeka, Kan. 66609
(785) 862-9448

Company Awards—Kansas Minority Owned Businesses

Skyline Construction Co., Inc.
Robin Sawyer
9120 Flint St.
Overland Park, Kan. 66214
(913) 642-7100

JR Custom Metal Products, Inc.
Maria Kailer, Patricia Koehler, Jorge Martinez and Raul Martinez
2237 S. West Street Ct.
Wichita, Kan. 67213
(316) 263-1318

Professional Service
Vista Connections, Inc.
Judy Donnelly
12120 State Line Road, #292
Leawood, Kan. 66209
(913) 219-8370

Neives’ Mexican Restaurant
Mercedes McCreary
119 E. 9th Avenue
Winfield, Kan. 67156
(620) 229-7600

Patterson Family Child Care
Melissa Patterson
2347 SE Wisconsin
Topeka, Kan. 66605
(785) 783-3960

William and Wen Hua You
Sun Marble, LLC
9600 Dice Lane
Lenexa, Kan. 66215
(913) 438-3366

Individual Awards

Minority Business Advocate
Bonnie Fullinwider
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation
P.O. Box 85
Wichita, Kan. 67201
(316) 676-8502

Women Business Advocate
Donna Craig
Leadership Resources
P.O. Box 12425
Overland Park, Kan. 66282
(913) 599-4511

Young Entrepreneur
Jackie Kopaska
Jackie K Bags
1952 Sheridan Bridge Ln.
Olathe, Kan. 66062
(913) 829-6309

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