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2017 Small Business Awards

The Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce celebrates entrepreneurship and is excited to hold the 13th annual Small Business Awards. This annual program offers well-deserved recognition to small businesses for their achievements and contributions to our community by offering the opportunity to showcase their company, share their story and be rewarded for their efforts.


2017 Presenting Sponsors

 

Events

Metro Mingle featuring the Small Business Awards Applicants
Wednesday, March 8
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Newman University

Join us for the kickoff event of the 13th annual Small Business Awards to learn about the 2017 applicants. Enjoy food, drinks, music and hear which ten businesses are named as finalists for the 2017 Small Business Awards. 

Small Business Awards Luncheon/Engage & Ignite Small Business Conference
Wednesday, May 24
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Wichita

The Engage & Ignite Small Business conference features nine morning sessions specifically selected to address small business needs. The Awards Lunch will recognize finalists for the 13th annual Small Business Awards and announce the 2017 Award recipients. 

Awards Program Overview 

  • The Awards offer recognition to small companies for their success and contributions to the community
  • The Awards provide the opportunity to showcase indiviudal companies and the story behind their success
  • The Awards promote awareness and visibility of small businesses throughout the Wichita Metro area 
     

Business Criteria for Participation 

  • Headquartered in Wichita Metro area
  • Employ between 1-25 FTE for Tier One, or 26-100 FTE for Tier Two
  • Have been in business for at least three years
  • Demonstrate a commitment to good business practices
  • Maintain good employee relations
  • Contribute to the community
  • Have primary source of revenues from business operations, rather than grants, donors, or governmental funding. Not-for-profits may be eligible to apply if they meet this criteria
  • Be a member in good standing of the Wichita Chamber at the time of application
     

2017 Applicants

Apples & Arrows
Be Amazed Carpet Cleaning & Services
Builders Plus Construction
Etezazi Industries Inc.
Events and Design by Ashley
Fiber Dynamics, Inc.
Good Life Company, LLC
Headhunters d.b.a. Elite Staffing Solutions
Homeland Construction Services
Mahaney Roofing Company, Inc.
McCurdy Auction
McGinty Machine
Molinos Mexican Cuisine
Reverie Coffee Roasters Inc.
Shelden Architecture
Signs & Design
Spectrum, Inc.
Sunflower Travel
TCG Development Group
The Insurance Guys
The Monarch
The Workroom
Visual Media Group
Wichita Railway Services
Williamson Wellness Center
Zsa Zsa Slipper

2017 Nominees

Ad Astra Financial Group
 Air Capital Classic - Presented by AETNA
 All Metal Recycling, LLC
 Apples & Arrows
 AtlasMD Concierge Family Medicine
 Atomic Enterprises, LLC and fliphound
 Bank SNB
 Be Amazed Carpet Cleaning & Services
 BELT Leasing
 Biggs Paul LC
 Brothers & Co.
 Buchanan Technologies
 BuddyRest Pet Products
 Builders Plus Construction, LLC
 Burnell's Fine Jewelry & Design
 Cassandra Bryan Design aka cb{d}
 Charles E. Mahaney Roofing Company
 Chilton Billiards & Spas
 CHOOSE Networks, Inc.
 Clutch Studio, LLC
 Cohlmia Marketing
 Cozine Memorial Group
 Cross Cultural Institute
 Crossland Construction Company, Inc.
 DeVaugn James Injury Lawyers
 Doo-Dah Diner
 Elite Staffing Solutions
 Ernst & Young (EY)
 Essential IT Services, Inc.
 Etezazi Industries
 Events and Design by Ashley
 Farha Roofing
 Fiber Dynamics Inc.
 Good Life Company, LLC
 HFG Architecture
 Homeland Construction Services
 Howerton & White
 Humidor Cigars & Lounge
 Indian Hills Animal Clinic
 Insights Career Consulting
 Insurance Guys
 Integrated Facilities Group
 Jaco General Contractor
 Jajo, Inc.
 JCB Labratories, LLC
 Johnson's Garden Center
 Johnston's Clothiers
 Justin McClure Creative
 Kansas Truck Equipment Co., Inc.
 Kent Audio Visual
 Key Construction, Inc.
 Knork Flatware
 Koch Siedhoff Hand & Dunn, LLP
 Krehbiel Architecture
 Leadfoot Express Transport
 Lee Media Group
 M&M Insurance Associates
 McCurdy Auction, LLC
 Metal Finishing Co. Inc.
 MILLENNIUM CONCEPTS, INC
 MoJack Distributors, Inc.
 Molino's Mexican Cuisine
 Monarch
 New Medical Health Care East
 NU Marketing
 Omni Business Center | Lounge
 OverstockArt.com
 Primrose School of Wichita
 Redguard, LLC
 Reverie Coffee Roasters
 Richey Health Benefits
 Right Recruiting
 River City Brewing
 RSA Marketing
 Ruggles and Bohm, P. A.
 Sauerwein Construction Co. Inc.
 Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture
 Shelden Architecture, Inc.
 Signs & Design
 SNT Media
 Spangler and Reimers Roofing
 Specs
 Spectrum Inc.
 Squid Ink Creative
 Stuart & Associates Commercial Flooring, Inc.
 Sunflower Travel Corporation
 Syndeo Outsourcing
 Tanganyika Wildlife Park
 Tangible Advertising
 TGC Development Group
 The Alley Indoor Entertainment
 The McGinty Machine Co., Inc.
 The Plaid Giraffe, Inc.
 The Trust Company of Kansas
 The United Machine Co. Inc.
 The Workroom
 TheraPlay Spot Pediatric Occupational & Physical Therapy
 Tillie's Flowers
 Timber Creek Paper
 Title Boxing Club
 Total Printing Solutions
 Tru Building, Inc.
 TrueNorth, Inc.
 uBreakiFix
 Urban Air Trampoline Park
 Valley Offset Printing, Inc.
 Vermillion Incorporated
 Visual Media Group. LLC
 Vornado Air, LLC
 Wichita Audio Video
 Wichita Railway Service, LLC
 Wickham Glass Company
 Williamson Wellness Center
 Wilson Building Maintenance Inc.
 Wings of the Wind Kites & Toys
 Zsa Zsa Slipper

Awards History | Small Businesses of the Year

Small Business Awards FAQs

Isn't my company too small to win?
No company is too small. The 2 Tiers were created to allow judges to better assess smaller and micro business for their uniqueness. Intake Studios was named 2008 Small Business of the Year with only 6 full-time employees, and Cornerstone Design and Development was named the 2015 Small Business of the Year with only 3 full-time employees.

If I’m not named a finalist I have wasted my time in applying for the award.
Not true! All applicants for the award receive publicity at the Small Business Showcase and on The Chamber’s website. The showcase provides a wonderful opportunity to network and show off your business. And don't forget how important being nominated can be for your employees. Use the opportunity to highlight their contributions to your  success.

How will my small company's community service and employee benefits compete with those of the larger companies?
The judges take the size of the business into consideration when assessing these areas. We have seen many innovative ways of supporting the community or providing employee benefits within a micro business. Think about what makes your business a community asset and a positive environment to work. Community support and employee benefits aren't always measured by dollars.

What happens to the financial information that is requested?
The application requires submission of percent of revenue, profitability, and employee growth for a three year period. All applications remain confidential – only the judges have access to the information. Finalists for the Award will be required to submit an income statement and balance sheet for confidential review by an unbiased accounting firm. The auditor will review the information and provide the Chamber will a "thumbs up or down" on whether that business is financially secure enough to be in consideration of being a finalist. The Chamber and Awards judges will not see this information. After review, the auditor will destroy the information. A business may ask to have the information returned to them. 

Can I talk with past winners to get their opinions?
Absolutely. We have a committee of past Award recipients who would be happy to share their experience with you and offer advice. Please contact Angie Elliott at 316-268-1129 for more information.

350 W Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67202
316.265.7771 | info@wichitachamber.org