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Kansas Department of Commerce announces plans for 2018 Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon

Sep 03, 2018

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TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development is announcing plans for its 34th Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon. The luncheon will take place during Kansas Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, the Department’s annual celebration of minority and women entrepreneurs in Kansas.

The luncheon will be held in the Capital Plaza Hotel’s Emerald Ballroom in Topeka on October 11th, with doors opening at 11:20 am. The event will recognize 13 companies and three individuals for their support of Kansas minority and women-owned businesses and their efforts to create new opportunities.

“Minority and women-owned businesses are an integral part of the Kansas economy,” said Robert North, Interim Secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce. “The minority and women business owners across our state represent the very best of Kansas employers and entrepreneurs. We greatly value their numerous contributions and role in keeping our state’s economy strong.”

The emcee of the event will be Brooke Lennington from KSNT. The event will feature live music by the Washburn Rural High School Jazz Band. Sponsors of the luncheon include Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka, GO Topeka Entrepreneurial & Minority Business Development, KCP&L, Network Kansas, PTMW, Inc., Dillons, and Textron Aviation.

The registration fee for the luncheon is $40 per person or $320 for a table of eight. Registration is required and the deadline to register is October 1. Please visit to register or contact Rhonda Harris, Director of the Office of Minority and Women Business Development, at (785) 296-3425 or [email protected].

Companies being recognized include:

Minority-Owned Businesses

Women-Owned Businesses


Harris & Sons Enterprises, Inc.

Topeka, KS

Sorella Group, Inc.

Lenexa, KS


MASS Medical Storage LLC

Lenexa, KS