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2023 Nominations are now closed.

The Kansas Department of Commerce nominations for the 2023 To The Stars: Kansas Businesses Awards are now closed. Thank you for all who nominated businesses and businesspeople throughout the state – recognizing the valuable contributions they make to the Kansas economy and for the positive impact they make in their communities. 

Be on the lookout for information on award winners and for our Statewide Awards Banquet on October 12 in Wichita.

“Kansas businesses and business-people are the lifeblood of our state. They are what make our state strong, prosperous and successful – and such a great place to live and work,” Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland said. “The successes of the Kansas business community need to be shared, so I encourage everyone to nominate a company or individual for this important recognition.”

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

The Department of Commerce will host a Statewide Awards Banquet on October 12 in Wichita. The Department of Commerce also will announce both the prestigious Governor’s Award of Excellence winner and the 2023 Exporter of the Year during the banquet and awards ceremony.

“We want to recognize the many businesses and business people throughout our state that are working hard to build their companies and at the same time contributing to their community as valuable resources,” said Craig VanWey, In-State Business Development Manager. “These awards allow us to shine a light on the terrific success stories taking place in all parts of the state.”

Businesses worth celebrating!

The 2023 nomination process is now closed.

A statewide grand banquet and much more to celebrate in 2023.

The Department of Commerce will host a Statewide Awards Banquet on October 12 in Wichita. During the banquet, the prestigious Governor’s Award of Excellence winner and the 2023 Exporter of the Year awardee will be announced.

To the Stars: Kansas Business Awards

Attend our statewide banquet on October 12, 2023 in Wichita!