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Nominations Open for 2024 Minority, Women Enterprise Development Awards

Apr 08, 2024

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TOPEKA – Today Lieutenant Governor and Department of Commerce Secretary David Toland announced a call for nominations for the 2024 Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Awards. These annual awards are one way the agency acknowledges and observes the growing impact that minority- and women-led companies have on their communities and the Kansas economy.

“There are many amazing businesses and businesspeople working hard and making exceptional contributions throughout our state,” Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “Taking time to celebrate and congratulate minority- and women-owned businesses and their work is important as they are critical to keeping the Kansas economy vibrant and growing.”

Presented by the Office of Minority and Women Business Development (MWBD), the awards are given to minority- and women-owned businesses in 14 different categories (see complete list here), including the Governor’s Distinguished Business Award winner. Introduced last year, this is the highest honor the state awards at this event to a company or individual for their contributions.

“Our theme, ‘Heritage to Legacy,’ embodies the journey of Kansas businesses, rooted in tradition, yet paving the way for a prosperous future,” Office of Minority and Women Business Development Taylor Overton said. “Throughout the evening, we will honor the resilience, innovation and contributions of minority- and women-owned businesses, acknowledging their role in shaping the economy.”

MED Week is celebrated to recognize the more than 9.2 million minority businesses that continue to support the U.S. economy and generate over $1.8 trillion in revenue. Minority- and women-owned businesses translates into the creation and maintenance of jobs. They sustain the individual worker and contribute to the economic security for families, as well as the economic vitality of their communities and of the nation.

To nominate a business or person (self-nominations accepted), click here. Nominations will be accepted through July 12.

The Office of MWBD will recognize all nominees and winners at a special event this fall. Danielle Martin, television and podcast host, will be the emcee. More details will be announced at a later date. Companies interested in sponsoring the event can find more information here.