2014 Kansas Women Business Advocate

KANSAS WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR
 Beechcraft Beechcraft Corporation, Bonnie Fullinwider
Wichita           

Bonnie has been the small business program manager/supply chain compliance officer for Beechcraft Corporation for the past 9 years and part of Supply Chain for 17 years.

As the individual responsible for Beechcraft's supplier diversity program (and now the Cessna program), Bonnie develops and administers the small business subcontracting plan. As part of that role, she is the primary contact for potential businesses including women and diversity suppliers. While coordinating internal and external outreach to include small businesses, Bonnie assists individuals internally to find capable small businesses for acquisitions and represents the company at small business government, industry, and trade associate conferences. She also provides internal training to make sure that the company meets and exceeds its commitments to women and minority business goals. She gives contact information to decision-makers, references, introductions, encouragement and daily support to women and minority potential and active suppliers.

Bonnie has received many minority advocate awards over the years. The most recent being in 2013 where she was honored by the Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development council for Outstanding Support and Outreach Effort for Inclusion.


KANSAS MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESS ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR
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Mid-America Asian Culture Association, Carol Wei
Olathe
Carol emigrated from China to American in 2007. Now residing in Olathe, she is the President of Mid-America Asian Culture Association, a nonprofit she founded to cultivate interest in Asian Culture and to provide support and promote Asian-owned businesses located in Kansas and the Kansas City metro area.

Carol works full-time each week communicating with Asian organizational leaders, many of who own area small businesses. She plan activities, attends business events and seeks Asian business owners and corporate sponsors to help accomplish her goals and vision. 

In 2013, Carol organized the first "Asian Cultural Festival". Fifty two vendor booths representing a wide variety of Asian-owned businesses participated. More than two thousand people attended the festival. This festival provided a platform to discuss business ideas and opportunities.

In 2014, Carol won the National Small Business Influencer award in the leadership category. Her next project is to develop an event to serve as a trade fair for Asian owned businesses and provide a unique venue for people to meet the owners of the Asian businesses in person.