The Kansas Small Business Development Center and its eight regional centers and two outreach centers are honoring 16 small Kansas businesses in a ceremony from 3-5:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in the state Capitol.
Formal presentation begins at 3:30 p.m. The site for the ceremony is the second floor of the Capitol building in the wing north of the rotunda.
Dr. Edward H. Hammond, president of Fort Hays State University, will serve as master of ceremonies. FHSU serves as the administrator of the KSBDC network, which is a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Kansas Department of Commerce.
" From its inception in 1983, the Kansas Small Business Development Center Network has been growing Kansas entrepreneurs by delivering one-on-one counseling, training and support services to small businesses and entrepreneurs in every county in Kansas," said Wally Kearns, state director of the KSBDC. "Since the inception of the program, the KSBDC Network has consulted with more than 75,500 clients and has conducted in excess of 3,700 workshops with more than 68,000 entrepreneurs in attendance."
The long list of invitees includes Gov. Kathleen Sebelius; Dr. Larry Gould, FHSU provost; all state legislators; the Kansas congressional delegation; members of the KSBDC Advisory Board; SBA officials; KDOC officials; the presidents of the state's universities and community colleges; Chamber of Commerce directors; officials from the KSBDC Regional Centers; and representatives from the news media.
Also on the guest list is Lt. Gov. John E. Moore, who will make remarks during the ceremony.
Members of the public, including friends of the honored businesses, are also encouraged to attend.
The highlight of the ceremony, which is being sponsored by Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Kansas and FHLBank Topeka, will be the presentation of 16 plaques to Kansas businesses. Half of the awards are for an Existing Business of the Year from each of the KSBDC's eight regions, and the other half are for an Emerging Business of the Year from each of the eight regions.
The Regional Centers are Emporia State University, 1320 C of E Drive, (620) 341-5308; Fort Hays State University, 109 W. 10th St., (785) 628-6786; Garden City Community College, 801 Campus Drive, (620) 276-9632; Johnson County Community College, 309 Carlsen Center, 12345 College Blvd., (913) 469-3878; Pittsburg State University, Shirk Hall, 1501 S. Joplin, (620) 235-4920; University of Kansas, Suite 104, 734 Vermont, (785) 843-8844; Washburn University, Suite 110, 120 SE Sixth St., (785) 234-3235; and Wichita State University, Metropolitan Complex, 1845 Fairmount, (316) 978-3193. The two outreach centers are Cloud County Community College, 2221 Campus Drive, Concordia, (800) 729 5101; and the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, 510 Poyntz Ave., (785) 587-9917.
The Existing Business of the Year honorees are Coburn's Family Restaurant, Emporia (ESU); Kansas Granite Industries/Wolf Memorial Company, Ellis (FHSU); Z Bottling Corporation, Scott City (GCCC); Peters Writing Services Inc., Olathe (JCCC); King's Automotive Services Inc., Pittsburg (PSU); EnGraph LLC, Lawrence (KU); Phoenix Tower Service, Horton (WU); and Moundridge Food Market, Mount Hope (WSU).
The Emerging Business of the Year honorees are Mel's Tire LLC, Emporia (ESU); Beond Salon & Day Spa, Hays (FHSU); Envirotol LLC (GCCC); CMG Construction Inc., Lenexa (JCCC); Letter Perfect/Picture Perfect, Oswego (PSU); La Parrilla/Zen Zero, Lawrence (KU); Zuckey Bowl Inc., Manhattan (WU); and MarCon of Kansas Inc., Washington (WSU).