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Posted on: February 6, 2014

Business Appreciation Month award nominations now open

Nominations for the Kansas Department of Commerce’s 20th annual Business Appreciation Month awards are now open. The awards recognize successful Kansas companies that create jobs, support their local communities and enhance the quality of life in Kansas.

The awards are announced each June. Regional finalists are recognized at an awards ceremony during the Team Kansas awards banquet, with the top nominee receiving the Governor’s Award of Excellence, the highest award given to a business by the state. The 2013 winner was B&W Trailer Hitches of Humboldt.

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

Nominations will be accepted through 5 p.m., March 21. Regional winners will be selected in the manufacturing/distribution, service, retail and hospital/non-profit sectors. Regional winners will then give presentations about their companies and community involvement to a panel of judges. The recipient of the Governor’s Award of Excellence will be announced at the Team Kansas 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 Krista Mellen at (785) 296-7911 or

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