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Posted on: May 20, 2011

Nominations now open for outstanding minority and women owned business awards

The Kansas Department of Commerce Office of Minority and Women Business Development is accepting nominations for Kansas minority and/or women owned businesses, advocates and young entrepreneurs. These nominations celebrate Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, and nominees will be recognized at the annual Kansas Outstanding Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business Awards Luncheon to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 11, in Topeka.

“MED Week celebrates successful minority owned businesses, as well as individuals who have exhibited outstanding achievements in their respective industries or fields,” said Commerce Secretary Pat George. “We need to promote such businesses and entrepreneurs, as they are critical to expanding the Kansas economy and creating jobs.”

The deadline to nominate a business or individual is Friday, July 1. Online nomination forms can be accessed at To request a hard copy of the form, please contact Rhonda Harris at or (785) 296-3425. All forms submitted by mail must be postmarked by July 1. Forms can be mailed to Rhonda Harris, Office of Minority and Women Business Development, Kansas Department of Commerce, 1000 S.W. Jackson St., Suite 100, Topeka, Kan., 66612; faxed to (785) 296-3490; or e-mailed to

The Office of Minority and Women Business Development provides assistance in business management, 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 2010 winners follows:

2010 Women-Owned Businesses of the Year

Midland Contractors, Inc.— Topeka (construction firm)
PPS Inc.— Olathe (manufacturing firm)
Klein & Company Inc.—Overland Park (professional service firm)
Daddy Cakes—Topeka (retail firm)
Amics—McPherson (service industry firm)
Nos Vemos Greetings—Topeka (supplier/distributor firm)

2010 Minority-Owned Businesses of the Year

Mendoza Trucking—Ensign (construction firm)
Maile Foods, LLC—Lenexa (manufacturing firm)
Pars Consulting Engineers Inc.—Leawood (professional service firm)
Robert Brogden's Olathe Buick Pontiac GMC—Olathe (retail firm)
Pho Hoa 1 Restaurant—Garden City (service industry firm)
QTI Inc.—Olathe (supplier/distributor firm)

2010 Women Business Advocate--Jeri Bartunek—Overland Park

2010 Minority Business Advocate--Grant County Economic Development Department –Ulysses

2010 Young Entrepreneur--Amber Clark, Charisma –Ulysses

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