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Posted on: September 24, 2012

Kansas Department of 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 28th Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon at noon, Oct. 9, in the Emerald Ballroom, Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 Southwest Topeka Boulevard, Topeka, Kan. 66612.

The event will recognize 13 companies and six individuals for their support of Kansas minority and women-owned businesses and their efforts toward creating opportunities. A new award for Corporation of the Year will be given to a major corporation that has demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing Kansas minority and/or women business enterprises through its diversity outreach programs. The luncheon coincides with Kansas Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, the Department’s annual celebration of Kansas’ minority and women entrepreneurs.

“Strengthening and expanding minority and women-owned businesses will be key to Kansas if our state is to overcome its current economic challenges,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “I am proud to help recognize the contributions of these business leaders during Kansas Minority Enterprise Development Week.”

The registration fee for the luncheon is $40 per person, or $320 per table of eight. Registration is required, and the deadline to registration is Oct. 3. To register or for more information, visit or contact Rhonda Harris, director of the Office of Minority and Women Business Development, at (785) 296-3425 or Sponsors include Dillons, GO Topeka’s Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development, Hawker Beechcraft Corp., NetWork Kansas and PTMW Inc.

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.

Company Awards—Kansas Women-Owned Businesses


Tenoch Construction, Inc.
Sonya Segura-Ulrich
6216 Mission Road
Fairway, Kan. 66205
(913) 671-7706


S and Y Industries
Sandy Foust
P.O. Box 394
Winfield, Kan. 67156
(620) 221-4001

Professional Service

Earles Engineering & Inspection, Inc.
Patricia Ramirez
115 W. Iron
Salina, Kan. 67401
(785) 309-1060


Bling, Inc.
Nicole Hedges-Campos
812 Washington
Scott City, Kan. 67871
(620) 874-1169

Service Industry

Hays Academy of Hair Design
Summer Melvin and Danielle Markley
1214 E. 27th St.
Hays, Kan. 67601
(785) 628-6624


American Energy Products, Inc.
Gail Watson
1105 Industrial Street
Lansing, Kan. 66043
(913) 351-3388

Company Awards—Kansas Minority-Owned Businesses


Oliver Construction
Phillip Oliver
P.O. Box 3622
Wichita, Kan. 67201
(316) 393-8303


Forever Yours Glass Etchings
Don and Terri Person
1203 E. Johnston St.
Olathe, KS 66061
(913) 782-3944

Professional Service

FSC Inc.
Hasu Doshi and Sonia Garapaty
9225 Indian Creek Pkwy, Suite 300
Overland Park, Kan. 66210
(913) 722-3473 or


Signs By Tomorrow/The Corona Group Inc.
Cecelia R. Corona and Albert Corona Jr.
10049 W. 87th Street
Overland Park, Kan. 66212
(913) 541-1331

Service Industry

Athena Communications
Noelle Scaramucci
4905 Antioch Rd.
Overland Park, KS 66203
(913) 599-3444


Technology Group Solutions, LLC
14649 West 95th Street
Lenexa, Kan. 666215
Lenora Payne
(913) 451-9900

Individual Awards

Minority Business Advocate

Patsy Stuke
American Osage Consulting Inc.
8700 Monrovia, Suite 310
Lenexa, Kan. 66215
(913) 322-3862

Women Business Advocate

Jene’ Popper Hong
Barton Nelson Inc.
13700 Wyandotte
Kansas City, Mo. 64145
(816) 286-2112

Young Entrepreneur

Curtis Smart, Kaleb Berry, Kenan Meadows and Joseph Belcher Jr.
2043 North 33rd Terrace
Kansas City, KS 66104
(913) 208-0335

Corporation of the Year

Kansas Entertainment LLC
400 Speedway Boulevard
Kansas City, Kan. 66111
(913) 328-3300

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