Business Appreciation Month Awards
Business Appreciation Month serves as a statewide tribute to Kansas businesses for their contributions to our state. The awards program takes place each spring and invites individuals and organizations to nominate the proud Kansas businesses that contribute jobs and support their local communities. Finalists are recognized at the Team Kansas awards ceremony in June, with the top nominee receiving the Governor's Award of Excellence which is the top award given to a business by the state of Kansas.
Click here to nominate a Kansas business. The winner of the Governor's Award of Excellence will be announced at the Team Kansas Awards Banquet on June 22 at Washburn University.
The intent of the program is to recognize Kansas businesses for their contributions to the local and state economy. Kansas businesses continue to be the foundation of our economy, communities and overall quality of life, and Business Appreciation Month is the state's way of recognizing Kansas businesses for all they do to keep Kansas strong.
The first step of the process is for businesses to be nominated for the award. Chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, small business development centers, organizations and individuals are encouraged to nominate companies for the awards program. Companies may also nominate themselves.
Nominations are accepted through late March and evaluated during the month of April with regional winners in the manufacturing/distribution, service, retail and hospital/non-profit categories selected. In May, the overall finalists give a presentation about their company and community involvement to the panel of judges. The recipient of the Governor's Award of Excellence is then announced in June at the Team Kansas awards ceremony.
Award qualifications include:
- Business expansion in Kansas
- Successful employee retention and recruitment practices
- Employee training/educational programs
- Capital investment in Kansas
- Support of local activities including school activities, community events, economic development and leadership programs
If you have any questions regarding the Business Appreciation Month program, please contact Tricia Rice at or (785) 296-7911.
J-A-G Construction - Dodge City
- 2015: ITC Great Plains - Dodge City
- 2014: Galaxy Technologies - Winfield
- 2013: B & W Trailer Hitches - Humboldt
- 2012: Nex-Tech, Inc. - Lenora
- 2011: AuBurn Pharmacy, Inc. - Garnett
- 2010: Landoll Corporation - Marysville
- 2009: BTI Greensburg - Greensburg
- 2008: Crossland Construction Company - Columbus
- 2007: Black & Veatch - Overland Park
- 2006: ICM - Colwich
- 2005: Watco Companies - Pittsburg
- 2004: Shelton Collision Repair - Derby
- 2003: Epic Touch Company - Elkhart
- 2002: Steel & Pipe Supply Company - Manhattan
- 2001: Capitol Federal Savings Bank - Topeka
- 2000: Olathe Health Systems - Olathe
- 1999: Midwest Energy, Inc. - Hays
- 1998: Taylor Forge Engineered Systems, Inc. - Paola
- 1997: Gates Rubber Company - Iola
- 1996: Koch Industries - Wichita
- 1995: Calibrated Forms, Inc. - Columbus
ATTENTION!! COMING SOON …
The 2016 Kansas Legislature enacted Senate Substitute for House Bill 2509, effective July 1, 2016, allowing the Secretary of Commerce to charge fees to recover administrative costs of up to $750 per application for processing and oversight of State economic development programs. These programs include, but are not limited to: Promoting Employment Across Kansas, High Performance Incentive Program, Job Creation Fund Program, Kansas Industrial Training, Kansas Industrial Retraining, Rural Opportunity Zones Program and Community Service Tax Credit Program. HB 2509 also allows a new fee for STAR Bond projects and modifies the existing application fee for Private Activity Bonds.
Additional information will be posted as available. Therefore, please check the KansasCommerce.com specific program web pages frequently for application fee updates.