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To The Stars: Kansas Business Awards

The Kansas Department of Commerce held the 2023 To The Stars: Kansas Businesses Awards on October 12th in Wichita. The annual awards program recognizes businesses across the state for the valuable contributions they make to the Kansas economy and to the well-being of their communities. 

2023 award categories:

  • AgriBusiness – companies that stand out in the agribusiness industry – including agricultural production, products and services, and agri-tourism
  • Apprenticeship Champions and Partners – companies and other entities that excel providing registered apprenticeship programs in Kansas
  • Business Innovation – companies from any sector incorporating innovative technologies in their business
  • Healthcare/Nonprofit – noteworthy services provided by either healthcare facilities or nonprofit organizations
  • Manufacturing/Distribution – outstanding achievement for companies large and small involved in manufacturing and distribution
  • Non-Traditional Talent Pools – companies that have gone above and beyond to hire those with prior involvement in the justice system, youth, seniors or individuals with disabilities
  • Retail/Service – exceptional performance by businesses selling goods, products and/or services
  • Under 30 Entrepreneurs – young entrepreneurs achieving business success under the age of 30
  • Welcome Back – entrepreneurs and businesspeople who once left Kansas but have returned to make their mark in the Sunflower State

SurePoint Ag Systems | AgriBusiness | Statewide Winner

Wheatland Electric Cooperative | Apprenticeship Champions and Partners | Statewide Winner

Phazebreak Coatings | Business Innovation | Statewide Winner

ComfortCare Homes | Healthcare/ Non-Profit | Statewide Winner

MaiCo Industries | Manufacturing/Distribution | Statewide Winner

Zephyr Products | Non-Traditional Talent Pools | Statewide Winner

B’s Hometown Market | Retail/ Service | Statewide Winner

Clothed in Compassion | Under 30 Entrepreneur/ Business Person | Statewide Winner

Tesseract Ventures | Welcome Back to Kansas | Statewide Winner

Merit Award Winners

AgriBusiness
3 Varner Girls Goats
Aabey LLC
AgroLiquid
AgTrax
Beck’s Seeds
Bestifor Hay Company
BetterFedFoods
Caldwell Farm Repair
Coffeyville Feed and Farm Supply
Decatur County Beef
Farmers Union Mercantile & Shipping Association
Good Karma Micro Dairy, LLC
Gunsmoke Hunting
Gyp Hills Guest Ranch
Heartland Regional Stockyards
HoneyDo Farm
Irrigation Ales
Kansas Black Farmers Association
KMW Ltd
Little Munchkins Pumpkin Patch
Long Stem Gardens
Meade Locker & Processing, LLC.
Michelin
MJE, LLC and MJE Livestock Equipmentg
POET Biofuels
Rezac Land & Livestock
Seaboard Corporation
Simpson Farm Enterprises, Inc.
Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery
South 50 Meats
United Ag Services
WinBiologics

Apprenticeship Champions and Partners
Goodland Tech
Goodwill Industries of Kansas
Hutchinson Community College
Nautical Manufacturing and Fulfullment & Down Syndrome Innovations
The Bradbury Group
The Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center

Business Innovation
AB&C Bilingual Resources, LLC
Data Center Inc
Great Southern Bank
Leafy Green Farms
Mallie Boushaye Bath & Body Essentials
Omni Circle Group
Playfair Data
Shockwave Aqua Fitness
SnapIT Solutions Sumner
County Economic Development Commission
Tesseract Ventures
The Hive Salon
Twigs Floral and Gifts, Inc.

Healthcare/Nonprofit
365 Days 365 Chances Counseling Services, LLC
Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum
Barber County United
Beloit Summer Kids Cafe
Blair Center for the Arts
Center for Life Experience
First Care Clinic
Graham County Auto and Arts Museum
Grow Clay County
Haven Academy of Salina
HealthCore Clinic
Heartland Retirement & Benefits Consulting, LLC
Heartland Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, PA
Hill City Farmers Market
Holton Direct Care
Horizon Therapy Associates, LLC
Kansas Children’s Discovery Center
Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ
Kingman Historic Theatre
Lead For America
Living Life Home Care LLC
Matter Over Mind Foundation
Mayflower Clinic
McCracken Historical Museum
Nation Builders Ministries
North Lyon County
Veterans Memorial
Pawnee Mental Health Services
Phillips Fundamental Learning Center
Pivotal Health & Wellness Inc.
Salina Regional Health Center
Senior Helpers
Sherman County Health Department
Southeast Kansas Mental Health Center
St. John Hospital
Switchgrass Art Coop.
The Well – Center for Hope
Topside Manor Inc
United Way of the Plains

Manufacturing/Distribution
Applequist Manufacturing
Beyond Warehousing
BOLD LLC
Clock’s Medical Supply
Dimensional Innovations
D-J Engineering, Inc.
EnerSys 
Fairbanks Scales
Farrar Corporation
Finn-Kool Machine and Fabrication
Galaxy Technologies
Globe Engineering Company
Grandview Cabinetry
Great Western Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Hudson Cream Flour
Maze Freight Solutions
Mini-Mac Inc.
NorthWind Technical Services
Orizon Aerostructures
Polo Custom Products, Inc.
Reser’s Fine Foods, Inc.
Ronawk, Inc.
SPS Companies
Striem
Sunflower Trailer Sales
The Clorox Company
Wilde Tool Co., Inc.  

Non-Traditional Talent Pools
Allmetal Recycling
Wichita Sheet Metal
Madd House Hill LLC

Retail/Sales
Aggieville Business Association
Alexander ArtWorks
Andy’s Wrecker and Repair
Average Joes’ Bar & Grill
Basys
Bates Co. Beloit Greenhouse
Bicycle Pedaler
Biz District
Brain Freeze Mobile Daiquiri Shop
Brinley & Co.
BRKTHROUGH
Cartwright Home Renovations
Cenetric
Chaffin Electric
Chef LaMona
CJD Consulting Solutions, LLC
Conant Construction, LLC
Conklin Automotive Group
Contribution Consulting, LLC.
Keller Photography & Design
Cozy’s Pizza
Craig Sole Designs
Crooked Cactus Coffee Co.
Cusick Plastic Surgery
Dewey’s Mobile Detailing
Dilly & Doc Creative Studio
Eastern Gate
Empty Nester’s Winery
Farmers Union Midwest Agency – Helzer Insurance Agency
Fillmore Coffeehouse + Plant Cafe
Fire Me Up Ceramics and Fine Art Studios, LLC
First Option Bank
Free State Cycle Works
Gearhead Curios
Gentle Hands K-9 Boutique
H+H Collection
Halls Bobcat Service
Holton Mercantile
HoneyBee Bruncherie
J & T Auto Service
Jacque’s Hallmark Shop
J’s Makeup Artistry, Inc.
Kansas Earth and Sky Candle Co.
Kansas Hempire Salina
Kid’s Creative Corners LLC
Kiowa Meat Locker/Chieftain Meats
KWIKOM powered by WANRack
Leaping Llamas Artisan Shop
Louisburg Animal Clinic
Lucas-Sylvan News
M & M Sweet Shop
Marketplace 67010
Meade Locker & Processing, LLC
Midland Railroad Hotel/The Barn/Midland Mercantile
Railroad Hotel & Restaurant
Mildred Store
NvisionKC, LLC
Ohmygoodies LLC by Sara Jean
Owl-R-Junk Boutique
Paper June
Peoples Telecommunications LLC
Perry’s Pork Rinds & Country Store
PK Country Designs
Professor’s Classic Sandwich Shop & More
Propio Language Services
R Family Farms
Raccoon Quilt Shop
Re-Ohz! LLC
Resolve Engineering
Rhino Fitness, LLC
Richey’s Drug Store
S&P Catering
Sharp Performance
Shear Images Hair, Skin and Nails Studio
Smoky Valley Distillery
Solutions North Bank
Syndicate Tattoo
The Artificers
The Confident Approach
The Feathered Nest
The Hair Shop/Boutique 602
The Haven Event Space
The Hiawatha Creamery
The Hub Brick Oven & Brewery
The Lodge at Lake Wabaunsee-Wild Olives
Third Eye Piper
Thomas Grey Interiors
Thunderlight Work Boots
Tina’s Place
TLC Garden Center
Troyer’s Prairie Gold, Inc.
Turquoise Ranch Western Wear & Boutique
Vietti Auto Body Shop
Wild Hill Flowers and Events
Wray & Sons Roofing & Storage Co.

Under 30 Entrepreneurs
A Quiet Place
All Bout Grinding LLC
Aunt Vivian’s Flower Shop
Browning Barbering
Brush by Brielle
Elite Leasing Services
Happy Hippie
HKS Architects
House of Wax ICT
In Step Dance Academy
Joe McGuire Insurance
Lyons Luxury Parlor, LLC
Peoples Bank and Trust
Polished Coupe
RecruitAERO Corporation
Red’s Dirtwork, LLC
Regan Storm LLC
The Look, Salon and Spa
The Pink Flamingo Victoria Rose Studios
Victorian Geckos
WK Construction, LLC

Welcome Back
BioMicrobics, Inc.
Driftwood Interior Trim, DBA
Edwards Manor House
H.E.E.L.O. INC
Jeff Bryan Chevrolet, LLC
Lohr Electric, LLC
McCune Farm to Market
The AirCraft Company
Travel with Davis

Regional Award Winners – AgriBusiness

East Central
Family Tree Nursery

Northeast
A & H Farm

Southeast
Farmers Cooperative Association

North Central
Grandpa’s Best

South Central
Eck Agriculture

Southwest
High Plains Ponderosa Dairy

Regional Award Winners – Apprenticeship Champions and Partners

East Central
Kansas Hospital Association

Northeast
Kansas Farm Bureau

South Central
Metal Finishing Company, Inc.

Southwest
American Implement

Regional Award Winners – Business Innovation

South Central
DSD Concepts

Northeast
Canpoy

North Central
Down-Home Dental

Northwest
Northwest Kansas Technical College

Regional Award Winners – Healthcare/Nonprofit

East Central
Dream Acres

Northeast
Eisenhower Foundation

North Central
Feeding the Children of Central Kansas

Northwest
ACE Foundation

Southwest
Kiowa County Media Center

Regional Award Winners – Manufacturing/Distribution

East Central
Harris Fabrication

Northeast
Michelin

Southeast
The Monarch Cement Company

South Central
Everidge

Regional Award Winners – Non-Traditional Talent Pools

East Central
Miller Tool, Inc.

Southeast
Ruskin Co.

North Central
Custom Creations (DSNWK)

South Central
JR Custom Metal Products Inc

Regional Award Winners – Retail/Service

East Central
JT’s Grill

Northwest
Shores Napa Auto Parts

Southeast
Fort Scott Broadcasting Co.

Northeast
Lumber House True Value

South Central
Country at Heart

Southwest
Jetmore Veterinary Service

Regional Award Winners – Under 30 Entrepreneur/Businessperson

East Central
KC Handmade Goods

Northeast
Upper Echelon Contracting

Southeast
FUMA Insurance – Shannon Schibi Agency

North Central
North40 Architecture

Northwest
Hill City Pharmacy

Southwest
Rizo’s Barber Studio

Regional Award Winners – Welcome Back to Kansas

Northwest
Flatland Electrical LLC

Southeast
Arrow Advisors LLC

South Central
Doxa Wave LLC

Southwest
Tom’s Kountry Kitchen

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