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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 KansasCommerce.com/MEDWeek to register, or contact Rhonda Harris, director of the Office of Minority and Women Business Development, at (785) 296-3425 or rharris@kansascommerce.com.

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

Construction
Sorella Group, Inc.
Sheila Ohrenberg
Overland Park
Sheila@sorellagroup.com

Manufacturer
LS Industries, Inc.
Linda Weir-Enegren
Wichita
lenegren@lsindustries.com

Professional Service
Veracity Consulting, Inc.
Angela Hurt
Lenexa
Angela.hurt@engageveracity.com

Retail
The Tasteful Olive, LLC
Jeanne Mackay
Overland Park
info@thetastefulolive.com

Service Industry
Resource Service Solutions, LLC
Kristine Ward
Lenexa
kward@rss-web.com

Supplier/Distributor
Clayman Promotional Group, Inc.
Jamie Clayman Loud
Kansas City
jloud@claymanpromo.com

Company Awards—Kansas Minority-Owned Businesses


Construction
Roof Mechanics, Inc.
Mui Nguyen
Wichita
sales@roofmechanics.com

Manufacturer
MASS Medical Storage, LLC
Aubrey Guezuraga
Lenexa
ag@massmedicalstorage.com

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

Retail
Paleterias Tropicana
Jose Luis Valdez
Kansas City
LaTropicana@sbcglobal.net

Service Industry
Rico Steele’s Martial Arts Academy
Henrico Steele
Junction City
Martialarts1@gmail.com

Supplier/Distributor
Aircraft & Commercial Enterprises, Inc.
Jodene Helmer
Derby
jo@aircoment.com


Individual Awards

Minority Business Advocate
Becky S. Wilson
WDS Marketing & Public Relations
Overland Park
bwilson@wdspr.com

Women Business Advocate
Wendy Scheidt
Leavenworth Main Street Program, Inc.
Leavenworth
director@leavenworthmainstreet.com

Young Entrepreneur
Terry W. Dudley II
T.R.E.A.L. Fashions
Topeka
trealfashions@gmail.com

Corporation of the Year
Sprint Corporation
Overland Park
Supplierdiversity@sprint.com

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