The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development will host its 31st Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 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 an important time to honor the outstanding minority and women-owned businesses in our state,” Kansas Commerce Interim Secretary Michael Copeland said. “The companies and entrepreneurs recognized at the awards luncheon help grow our economy and improve the quality of life in Kansas. They are leaders in their communities and in our state.”
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. 6. 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 2015 winners follows.)
Company Awards—Kansas Women-Owned Businesses
Construction Kansas Asphalt, Inc.Jane Jeffries Bucyrus
ManufacturerMid Star Lab, Inc.Kari WagnerEdwardsville
Professional Service Shockey Consulting, LLCSheila ShockeyLenexa
Retail Harper’s Fabric & Quilt, Co.Elaine JohnsonOverland Park
Service IndustryStaffing Kansas City, Inc.Shelley Seibolt & Roses AmmonOverland Park
Supplier/DistributorInternational Express Trucking, Inc.Karen DuffKansas City
Company Awards—Kansas Minority-Owned Businesses
Construction Anderson & Sons Trucking, Inc.Winfred Anderson & Darrell AndersonEdwardsville
Manufacturer Quik Tek Machining, LLCTuan Lai & Cang PhuWichita
Professional Service Mind Lift, LLCErlinda Tjhai-AydulunOverland Park
Retail MACKECH Jewelry, LLCGeorgina HerreraOverland Park
Service Industry PUSH Plus Fitness, LLCChris OmniTopeka
Supplier/DistributorSarin Energy SolutionsInayat NoormohamadOverland Park
Minority Business AdvocateSook ParkAsian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas CityOverland Park
Women Business Advocate Mary A. RedmondFearLess Negotiator, LLCKansas City
Young EntrepreneurAbisai ReyesCleanCoTopeka
Corporation of the YearTurner Construction CompanyKansas City