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 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 2013 winners and contact information follows.)
Company Awards—Kansas Women-Owned Businesses
Construction Sorella Group, Inc.Sheila OhrenbergOverland ParkSheila@sorellagroup.com
ManufacturerLS Industries, Inc.Linda Weir-EnegrenWichitalenegren@lsindustries.com
Professional Service Veracity Consulting, Inc.Angela HurtLenexaAngela.email@example.com
Retail The Tasteful Olive, LLCJeanne MackayOverland Parkinfo@thetastefulolive.com
Service IndustryResource Service Solutions, LLCKristine WardLenexakward@rss-web.com
Supplier/DistributorClayman Promotional Group, Inc.Jamie Clayman LoudKansas Cityjloud@claymanpromo.com
Company Awards—Kansas Minority-Owned Businesses
Construction Roof Mechanics, Inc.Mui NguyenWichitasales@roofmechanics.com
Manufacturer MASS Medical Storage, LLCAubrey GuezuragaLenexaag@massmedicalstorage.com
Professional Service The Baucom Institute for Longevity and Life Enhancement, Inc.Dr. Karan Y. BaucomOverland Parkbaucominstitute@gmail.com
Retail Paleterias TropicanaJose Luis ValdezKansas CityLaTropicana@sbcglobal.net
Service Industry Rico Steele’s Martial Arts AcademyHenrico SteeleJunction CityMartialarts1@gmail.com
Supplier/DistributorAircraft & Commercial Enterprises, Inc.Jodene HelmerDerbyjo@aircoment.com
Minority Business Advocate Becky S. Wilson WDS Marketing & Public Relations Overland Park firstname.lastname@example.org
Women Business Advocate Wendy Scheidt Leavenworth Main Street Program, Inc. Leavenworth email@example.com
Young EntrepreneurTerry W. Dudley IIT.R.E.A.L. FashionsTopekatrealfashions@gmail.com
Corporation of the YearSprint CorporationOverland ParkSupplierdiversity@sprint.com