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Posted on: September 29, 2014

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 30th Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 Southwest Topeka Boulevard, Topeka.

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 Enterprise Development Week is a great opportunity to honor the minority and women owned businesses in our state,” Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George said. “The companies and entrepreneurs recognized at the awards luncheon stand out for their tremendous contributions to their communities and our economy. They are leaders who help make Kansas a great place to live and work.”

Sponsors of the luncheon include Beechcraft Corporation, Dillons, GO Topeka/Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development, KCP&L, PTMW Inc. and NetWork Kansas.

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. 8. 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 2014 winners follows.)

Company Awards—Kansas Women-Owned Businesses

RFB Construction Co. Inc.
Deborah Beachner

Global Aviation Technologies, LLC
Candace Cottner

Professional Service
New Birth Company, LLC
Catherine Gordon & Kendra Wyatt
Overland Park

Prairiebrooke Arts
Brooke Morehead
Overland Park

Service Industry
Wilson Chiropractic Center, PA
Dr. Rosemarie Wilson, DC
El Dorado

Premier Promotions, LLC
Joan Carhart & Cindy Carhart

Company Awards—Kansas Minority-Owned Businesses

Agua Fina Irrigation & Landscape, LLC
Hector Dean
Kansas City

MASS Medical Storage, LLC
Aubrey Guezuraga

Professional Service
Chelsoft Solutions Co.
Kiran Chelluri

Tequilas Mexican Grill
Medardo Munoz
Garden City

Service Industry
God’s Distribution Enterprises, LLC dba Goin’ Postal
Joyce Moore, M.D.
Kansas City

Evolv Solutions, LLC
Ronald Harland
Overland Park

Individual Awards
Minority Business Advocate
Carol Wei
Mid-America Asian Culture Association

Women Business Advocate
Bonnie Fullinwider
Beechcraft Corporation

Young Entrepreneur
Daryl Bugner
Design Brilliance, LLC

Corporation of the Year
Terry Bassham, President/CEO
Kansas City

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