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Small Business Awards

Nominations for the 2020 Small Business Awards closed on Monday, Dec. 16. Thank you to those who submitted a nomination, we had over 170 outstanding businesses nominated this year!

Award applications are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Submit application to:
Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce
Attn: Chelsea Dyer
350 W. Douglas
Wichita, KS 67202

2020 Programming Dates

Mar. 12 | METRO MINGLE
Applicant Showcase and Top 9 finalists announced
Newman University | 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
**Qualified applicants receive four complimentary registrations + additional can be purchased for $10/person

Apr. 15 | SUNRISE SCRAMBLER
Top 9 finalists featured with opportunity to answer an on-stage question
Marriott Wichita | 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
**Finalists receive two complimentary registrations + additional can be purchased for $15/person

May 27 | AWARDS LUNCHEON
Mark Arts | 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
**Finalists receive two complimentary registrations + additional can be purchased for $40/person

2020 Presenting Sponsors

 
 

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.

 

Business Criteria for Participation 

  • Headquartered in Wichita metro area
  • Employ between 1-5 Full-Time Equivalents for Tier One, 6-20 FTE for Tier Two, or 21-100 FTE for Tier Three. FTE = Full Time Employees + (Part-Time Employees/2)
  • 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

2019 Award Recipients

Affinity Automotive Repair, Headshots Bar & Grill and McCurdy Auction, LLC were named the 2019 Small Businesses of the Year in Tiers One, Two and Three respectively. 

Small Business Awards FAQs

Isn't my company too small to win?
No company is too small. The 3 Tiers were created to allow judges to better assess smaller and micro business for their uniqueness. Cornerstone Data was named the 2015 Small Business of the Year with only 3 full-time employees, and Xclusive Events was named the 2016 Small Business of the Year with only 2 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.


 

Awards History | Small Businesses of the Year

2019
Tier One: Affinity Automotive
Tier Two: Headshots Bar & Grill
Tier Three: McCurdy Auction

2018
Tier One: Watermark Books & Cafe
Tier Two: Allmetal Recycling, LLC

2017
Tier One: The Monarch
Tier Two: Mahaney Roofing Company

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

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

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

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

2012
Tier One: Profit Builders
Tier Two: Hyspeco

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

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

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

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

2007
Aerospace Systems and Components, Inc

2006 
iSi Environmental Services

2005 
NCRI - National Catastrophe Restoration Inc

 

 
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