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The Wichita Metro 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.  

 

Information & Application


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 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

2005 - NCRI - National Catastrophe Restoration Inc

2006 - iSi Environmental Services

2007 - Aerospace Systems and Components, Inc

2008 -  Tier One: Intake Studios
              Tier Two: Ink Commercial Contractors, LLC

2009 -  Tier One: Eberly Farm
             
Tier Two: The Print Source, Inc

2010 - Tier One: Professional Software, Inc.
             TIer Two: PWI, Inc.

2011 - Tier One: Occidental Management
              Tier Two: J.R. Custom Metal Products

2012 - Tier One: Profit Builders
             Tier Two: Hyspeco

2013 - Tier One: Eric Fisher Academy
             Tier Two: Great Plains Communications

2014 - Tier One: Icon Structures Inc.
             Tier Two: Balco, Inc.

2015 - Tier One: Cornerstone Design and Development, Inc.
             Tier Two: Zernco, Inc.

2016 - Tier One: Xclusive Events
             Tier Two: ComfortCare Homes, Inc.

See videos highlighting all of the past Small Business Awards finalists on our Youtube channel.

Questions and thoughts from nominees

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.

 

Section Highlights:
  • Exposure, the area's premier trade show and networking event, is scheduled for September 29, 2016 at Century II Expo Hall.
  •  Approximately 50% of our members have 10 or fewer employees. More than 85% have 50 or fewer employees.
  • Did you know you can use features of the Chamber’s website to promote your business? Post your events on the Community Calendar, or offer discounts and/or special promotions for other members in the Member Login section.
  • Run a referral report in the Member Login section to see how many times your company information has been viewed in the online member directory on the Chamber website.
Angie Elliott
VP of Business Services
Email
316.268.1129