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Posted on: September 23, 2015

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 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 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 2015 winners follows.)

Company Awards—Kansas Women-Owned Businesses

Kansas Asphalt, Inc.
Jane Jeffries

Mid Star Lab, Inc.
Kari Wagner

Professional Service
Shockey Consulting, LLC
Sheila Shockey

Harper’s Fabric & Quilt, Co.
Elaine Johnson
Overland Park

Service Industry
Staffing Kansas City, Inc.
Shelley Seibolt & Roses Ammon
Overland Park

International Express Trucking, Inc.
Karen Duff
Kansas City

Company Awards—Kansas Minority-Owned Businesses

Anderson & Sons Trucking, Inc.
Winfred Anderson & Darrell Anderson

Quik Tek Machining, LLC
Tuan Lai & Cang Phu

Professional Service
Mind Lift, LLC
Erlinda Tjhai-Aydulun
Overland Park

Georgina Herrera
Overland Park

Service Industry
PUSH Plus Fitness, LLC
Chris Omni

Sarin Energy Solutions
Inayat Noormohamad
Overland Park

Individual Awards

Minority Business Advocate
Sook Park
Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City
Overland Park

Women Business Advocate
Mary A. Redmond
FearLess Negotiator, LLC
Kansas City

Young Entrepreneur
Abisai Reyes

Corporation of the Year
Turner Construction Company
Kansas City

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