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Nominations Open for Minority Enterprise Development Awards
Kansas Ag Connection - 06/11/2018

The Kansas Department of Commerce Office of Minority and Women Business Development is accepting nominations for Kansas minority and/or women-owned businesses, advocates, young entrepreneurs, and corporations. These nominations celebrate National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, Oct. 14-20. Nominees and winners will be recognized at the annual Kansas Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon to be held on Oct. 11 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka.

"Minority and women-owned businesses are essential drivers of our Kansas economy, and this special awards ceremony will honor the tremendous accomplishments of these amazing entrepreneurs in our state," said Robert North, Interim Secretary for the Kansas Department of Commerce.

The deadline to nominate a business or individual is June 15. Online nomination forms can be accessed at

The 2017 award winners included:

Kansas Women-Owned Businesses

MySmartPlans - Kansas City (Construction Firm)

Advanced Welding Technologies, LLC - Wichita (Manufacturing Firm)

FSC, Inc.- Overland Park (Professional Service Firm)

Toronto Lumber Company - Toronto (Retail Firm)

Sage Restoration LLC - Overland Park (Service Industry Firm)

International Express Trucking, Inc. - Kansas City (Supplier/Distributor Firm)

Kansas Minority-Owned Businesses

Recyclable Materials Relocating, LLC - Kansas City (Construction Firm)

Quik Tek Machining, LLC - Wichita (Manufacturing Firm)

LaborMax Staffing KC Metro - Kansas City (Professional Service Firm)

Paleterias Tropicanas - Kansas City (Retail Firm)

Project Fitness LLC DBA Project Fitness CrossFit - Garden City (Service Industry Firm)

Sarin Energy Solutions - Overland Park (Supplier/Distributor Firm)

Minority Business Advocate -- Sandra Olivas, Bank of Labor - Kansas City

Women Business Advocate -- Debra Kunz, Center for Deliberate Growth - Mission

Young Entrepreneur -- Paul Kaster, Crooked Branch Studio - Leawood

Corporation of the Year -- Textron Aviation - Wichita

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