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Posted on: February 27, 2012

Annual Business Appreciation Month Awards nominations now open

Nominations for the Kansas Department of Commerce’s annual Business Appreciation Month awards are now open. The awards serve as a statewide tribute to businesses for their contributions to Kansas and their local communities.

The awards are announced each June. Regional finalists are recognized at an awards ceremony during the Kansas Cavalry Encampment, with the top nominee receiving the Governor’s Award of Excellence, which is the top award given to a business by the state. The 2011 winner was Auburn Pharmacy Inc. of Garnett.

“These awards highlight the very best of business and industry in Kansas,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “We want to recognize those businesses that are expanding operations, creating jobs and investing in their workers and communities.”

Nominations are accepted from chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, small business development centers, organizations and individuals. Companies may also nominate themselves.

Nominations are accepted through 5 p.m., March 30, 2012 and will be evaluated during the month of April, with regional winners in the manufacturing/distribution, service, retail and hospital/non-profit categories selected. In May, the overall finalists give a presentation about their company and community involvement to the panel of judges. The recipient of the Governor's Award of Excellence is then announced at the Kansas Cavalry Encampment awards ceremony in June. Late nominations cannot be accepted.

Award qualifications include:
• Business expansion in Kansas.
• Successful employee retention and recruitment practices.
• Employee training/educational programs.
• Capital investment in Kansas.
• Support of local activities including school activities, community events, economic development and leadership programs.

To submit an online nomination, visit For more information, contact the Department’s Krista Mellen at (785) 296-7911 or

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