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We are excited to announce that nominations are open for the 2024 To The Stars: Kansas Business Awards. This is your chance to recognize outstanding businesses and individuals who are doing great things in Kansas! Nominations will be accepted until Friday, July 12.

“The number of outstanding business success stories across Kansas continues to grow — and we’re looking forward to recognizing more impressive companies and business people who invest in their communities and in our state,” Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “The To The Stars awardees exemplify the spirit and determination necessary to succeed in business and make a lasting impact. We all know companies and individuals that have gone above and beyond, and I encourage everyone to nominate them for this notable honor.”

2024 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

The Department of Commerce will host a Statewide Awards Banquet on October 3 in Great Bend. The Department of Commerce also will announce both the prestigious Governor’s Award of Excellence winner and the 2024 Exporter of the Year during the banquet and awards ceremony.

“As our state’s economy keeps growing, it’s only appropriate that we celebrate and thank the Kansas businesses that continue to support their communities and drive our state’s unprecedented economic success,” Commerce Deputy Secretary of Business Development Joshua Jefferson said. “We look forward to recognizing another year of outstanding businesses and hard-working Kansans, and we hope to see you in Great Bend.”

A statewide grand banquet and much more to celebrate in 2024.

The Department of Commerce will host a Statewide Awards Banquet on October 3 in Great Bend. During the banquet, the prestigious Governor’s Award of Excellence winner and the 2024 Exporter of the Year awardee will be announced.

Businesses worth celebrating!

To the Stars: Kansas Business Awards

Attend our statewide banquet on October 3, 2024 in Great Bend!