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Posted on: September 25, 2013

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 29th Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon at noon, Oct. 8, in the Emerald Ballroom, Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 Southwest Topeka Boulevard, Topeka, Kan. 66612.

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 and women-owned businesses make critical contributions to the Kansas economy as innovators, entrepreneurs and job creators,” Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George said. “Minority Enterprise Development Week provides us with a great way to honor these businesses and individuals for everything that they do to make Kansas a wonderful place to live and work.”

Sponsors of the luncheon include Beechcraft Corp., Dillons, GO Topeka’s Entrepreneurial & Minority Business Development, NetWork Kansas and PTMW Inc.

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. 1. Please visit to register, or contact Rhonda Harris, director of the Office of Minority and Women Business Development, at (785) 296-3425 or

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 2013 winners and contact information follows.)

Company Awards—Kansas Women-Owned Businesses

Sorella Group, Inc.
Sheila Ohrenberg
Overland Park

LS Industries, Inc.
Linda Weir-Enegren

Professional Service
Veracity Consulting, Inc.
Angela Hurt

The Tasteful Olive, LLC
Jeanne Mackay
Overland Park

Service Industry
Resource Service Solutions, LLC
Kristine Ward

Clayman Promotional Group, Inc.
Jamie Clayman Loud
Kansas City

Company Awards—Kansas Minority-Owned Businesses

Roof Mechanics, Inc.
Mui Nguyen

MASS Medical Storage, LLC
Aubrey Guezuraga

Professional Service
The Baucom Institute for Longevity and Life
Enhancement, Inc.
Dr. Karan Y. Baucom
Overland Park

Paleterias Tropicana
Jose Luis Valdez
Kansas City

Service Industry
Rico Steele’s Martial Arts Academy
Henrico Steele
Junction City

Aircraft & Commercial Enterprises, Inc.
Jodene Helmer

Individual Awards

Minority Business Advocate
Becky S. Wilson
WDS Marketing & Public Relations
Overland Park

Women Business Advocate
Wendy Scheidt
Leavenworth Main Street Program, Inc.

Young Entrepreneur
Terry W. Dudley II
T.R.E.A.L. Fashions

Corporation of the Year
Sprint Corporation
Overland Park

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