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2015 Minority-Owned Business of the Year Award Winners
 CONSTRUCTION
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Anderson and Sons Trucking, Winfred and Darrell Anderson
Edwardsville          

In 1969, George Anderson started his business with a single truck. His sons Phillip, Winfred and Darrell spent summers working alongside him, learned the trade and eventually purchased their own trucks. In 1995, George and his wife Katy combined their assets with Winfred and Darrell and incorporated to form Anderson and Sons Trucking.

Since that time the company has grown to its current level of 25 full-time employees who help Anderson and sons provide dump truck hauling service in areas such as landscaping supplies, demolition, construction waste, construction materials and excavation and grading. Its fleet includes several types of dump trucks to fit a range of needs including both large and small projects for residential, commercial and government contracts. The company prides itself on its long history of customer service, its dependable equipment and its skilled employees.

This year, Anderson and Sons won the Burns and McDonnell Community of Inclusion Award.


MANUFACTURER
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Quik Tek Machining, LLC, Tuan Lai and Cang Phu
Wichita
Tuan Lai and Cang Phu established Quik Tek Machining in 2008. With 20 years of experience, the brought a strong knowledge of the manufacturing industry to their new business. The company is committed to using continuously improving quick technology to manufacture quality machined, sheet metal and assembly products.

Quik Tek began with four initial employees and has since expanded to 27 full-time workers who possess advanced technical skills and experience in machining. The firm is committed to hiring a diverse workforce and creating jobs for the local economy. It employs several college students on a part-time basis and gives them the flexibility to pursue a degree while working and gaining professional experience.

Quick Tek Machining donates to Doctors without Borders and Operation Smile and is a member of the Better Business Bureau and a partner of the Special Olympics.


PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
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Mind Lift, LLC, Erlinda Tjhai-Aydulun
Overland Park
Erlinda Tjhai-Aydulun has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. Within five years of graduating college, she started and successfully exited two small businesses. In 2013, she and her husband had the opportunity to pursue their dream of running their own business when a former client requested their assistance. They decided to start Mind Lift and put their own personal funds and sweat equity into getting the company off the ground.

Mind Lift is an advanced technology delivery and management consulting firm. The company helps enterprises develop comprehensive platform solutions focused on identity and access management to improve customer, partner and employee experiences. It provides operations and security intelligence, customer experience management, identity and access management and sustainability by using industry leading technology engineering and management consulting practices.

After only two years in business, Mind Lift has already grown from two initial employees to six full-time employees, one part-time employee and three contractors. It aspires to continue growing to 40 experts during the next four years.


RETAIL
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MACKECH Jewelry, LLC, Georgina Herrera
Overland Park
Georgina Herrara began her career as an International Trade Sales Representative in Mexico. When her extensive travel around the world became difficult, she decided to begin working with MACKECH, a prominent jewelry brand based in Mexico, in order to reduce her travel schedule.

In 2006, when she and her husband moved from Mexico to Kansas, Georgina began looking for opportunities to bring the MACKECH brand to the United States. In order to get her business off the ground, she took classes on finance and business management and studied English with a tutor. After starting by selling MACKECH in homes, Georgina expanded to retailers and in 2013 became an official supplier for all Sam's Club stores in the U.S. In 2014, she opened the first MACKECH retail store in Leawood.

MACKECH currently has five employees with plans for future growth in the Kansas City area and beyond. The company has been recognized for its designs with several international awards.
SERVICE
    
Push_Plus_Fitness.jpg PUSH Plus Fitness, Chris Omni
Topeka
Working in the fitness industry as a group exercise instructor, Chris Omni believed that the health benefits she was bringing to groups of clients could have an even greater impact if she worked with individuals one-on-one. In 2004, she opened PUSH Plus Fitness as a sole proprietorship and soon started taking classes from the Washburn University Small Business Development Center, GO Topeka, and the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library to increase her skills in business planning, bookkeeping and marketing. She partnered with local businesses to use their venues to offer group exercise classes, positioning herself as an expert in the fitness industry.

Today, PUSH Plus Fitness offers personal training and interactive motivational speaking on the subjects of health and well-being. Chris also created a non-profit called Makin' Moves to offer the services of PUSH Plus to individuals that would not ordinarily be able to afford her services. Her efforts earned her recognition in 2014 from the Kansas Character Recognition Council of Topeka Shawnee County and Safe Streets with the Person of Character Award.
 
 
SUPPLIER/DISTRIBUTOR
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Sarin Energy Solutions, Inayat Noormohmad
As a chef economist for the state of Kansas and an aerospace engineer, Inayat noticed a growing trend by companies to conduct energy studies and implement green initiatives and efficiency cost saving solutions, especially LED lighting. He established Sarin Energy Solutions in 2012 with an initial focus on improving efficiency for gas stations and quickly expanded to the hotel and hospitality market. The early success of Sarin helped it design and fabricate its own line of LED lights.

Sarin continues to expand its customer base and works with government clients, commercial facilities and warehouses to develop and implement energy efficient products. The company has grown from three initial employees to 18, and has a new office opening in New York. Future plans for growth include HVAC systems, solar powered batteries and residential energy efficiency.

Sarin supports the Salvation Army and Step Forward and is selling pink bulbs this October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. It has been awarded KCP&L's Platinum Award.       

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