The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce celebrates entrepreneurship and is excited to hold the 11th 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.
Download the Application - due Feb 6
(For nominated businesses only)
And, be sure to review the Top 7 Tips from Awards judges!
Business Criteria for Participation
Nomination Reception & 10 Year Alumni Celebration
Metro Mingle and Applicant Showcase
Sunrise Scrambler featuring Awards Finalists
2015 Awards Luncheon
2014 Award Recipients
Tier One - Icon Structures Inc.
Tier Two - Balco, Inc.
Awards history - Small Businesses of the Year
2006 - iSi Environmental Services
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 Studio was named 2008 Small Business of the Year with only 6 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 web site. 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.
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