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Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Awards

MED Week has been celebrated nationally to recognize the more than 9.2 million minority business enterprises that support the U.S. economy and generate over $1.8 trillion in revenue. The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development holds this annual awards program to recognize economic contributions of woman- and minority-owned businesses and communities around our state.  

Today, minority- and woman-owned businesses have a major economic impact that translates into the creation and maintenance of jobs. These jobs not only sustain the individual worker, but contribute to the economic security of their families, the economic vitality of their communities and of the nation.  

“Our theme, ‘Heritage to Legacy,’ embodies the journey of Kansas businesses, rooted in tradition and cultural identity, yet paving the way for a thriving and inclusive future,” Director of the 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 our economy and society.”

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Office of Minority and Women Business Development will hold its annual MED Week Awards on September 6, 2024 at The Wild Sage Ranch in Hugoton. Minority- and women-owned businesses from across the state will be recognized for their outstanding achievements. Nominations will be accepted through July 12.

Awards available in the following categories:

  • Business Advocate of the Year
  • Community Arts Engagement Award
  • Community Impact Award
  • Corporation of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Family Business Excellence Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Media Achievement Award
  • Minority-Owned Business of the Year
  • Women-Owned Business of the Year
  • Tourism Impact Award
  • Young Entrepreneur

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