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Small Business Awards

The Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce celebrates entrepreneurship and will hold the 15th annual Small Business Awards in 2019. 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.

New to the program this year is an additional tier, which is designed to be more reflective of the life cycle of our member businesses.

 

2019 Presenting Sponsors

 
 

2019 Program Dates 

  • Sunrise Scrambler ft. the Small Business Awards Finalists
    Thursday, April 18 from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at Wichita Marriott
    The Top 9 Finalists will answer questions and share insights to their success. Register Here
  • Small Business Awards Luncheon & Awards Ceremony 
    Thursday, May 23 from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hyatt Regency Wichita
    Please join us to celebrate the small businesses that make our community unique and learn which companies are named the 2019 Small Businesses of the Year. Register Here

Business Criteria for Participation 

  • Headquartered in Wichita metro area
  • Employ between 1-5 Full-Time Employees (FTE) for Tier One, 6-20 FTE for Tier Two, or 21-100 FTE for Tier Three
  • 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 Finalists

Tier One
(1 to 5 full-time employees)
Affinity Automotive
Keating & Associates: The Converse Team
Paint the Towne

Tier Two
(6 to 20 full-time employees)
Headshots Bar & Grill
Medical Provider Resources
National Screening Bureau

Tier Three 
(21 to 100 full-time employees)
Axiom Health Services
Choose Networks
McCurdy Auction

 

2019 Applicants

Tier One (1-5 FTE)

Tier Two (6-20 FTE)

Tier Three (21-100 FTE)

Affinity Automotive Services, Inc.

Headshots Bar & Grill, LLC

Axiom Healthcare Services

Auburn Spirits

Heartstone

Choose Networks, Inc.

Converse Team

Mary Kate and Company

Doo-Dah Diner

Everyday Beaut

Medical Provider Resources, Inc.

McCurdy Auction, LLC

Hands Full Dog Training

National Screening Bureau

Syndeo Outsourcing

Hopping Gnome Brewing Company

Rock Construction

Wichita Brewing Company

M.A.D. Ad Company

Wichita Home Works LLC

 

Nonprofit Chamber of Service

 

 

Paint the Towne

 

 

Reuben Saunders Gallery

 

 

Shaken or Stirred Bartending

 

 

Wiesen Roofing and Associates

   


2019 Nominees

3ten Studio

Aero Plains brewing

Affinity Automotive Services

Alloy Architecture

Alyss Analytics

Associated Industries Inc

Auburn Wine and Spirits

AutoCraft

Axiom Healthcare

Back to Basics Chiropractic

Basis Consulting Engineers

Big Dog Motorcycles

Ben E. Keith Foods

Brand Plumbing

Brown Box Bakery

Charlie's Car Wash North

Choose Networks Inc.

Conco Construction

Connie's Mexico Cafe

Corporate Caterers

Dean E. Norris, Inc.

Doo Dah Diner

Eaton Roofing & Exteriors, Inc.

Everyday Beaut

FasTrax Car Wash

GaGa's Grub

Gardner Design

George Lay Signs

Great Plains Ventures

Greteman Group

Hampel Oil

Hands Full Dog Training, LLC

Headshots Bar & Grill

Heartstone

HFG Health Facilities Group architecture

Hoidale

Hooray Ranch

Hopping Gnome Brewing Company

Hotel WaterWalk

Indian Hills Animal Clinic

Johnson's Garden Centers

Kansas Global Trade Services

Keating & Associates

Keycentrix LLC

Laham Development

Lakeview Funeral Home & Cemetery

Leadfoot Express

Legacy Bank

Lytton's Appliance

M.A.D. Ad Company, LLC

Mary Kate & Co.

McCurdy Auction, LLC

Motif Media

National Screening Bureau

Nies Homes

Nitro Joes

Nonprofit Chamber of Service

Nortons Brewing Company

Overhead Door Company

Paint the Towne

Plantmasters

POET Ethanol Products

Princeton Children's Center

Reuben Saunders Gallery

Rock Construction

Rolling Hills Country Club

Shaken or Stirred Bartending

Sky Contracting Company, Inc.

Smith Orthodontics

Syndeo Outsourcing

The Distinct Ink

The File Depot

The Workroom

TheraPlay Spot

Trinity Precision

Valley Offset Printing, Inc.

Visual Fusion

Wessel Team Home Sales

Wichita Brewing Co.

Wichita Brewing Company

Wichita Cake Creations

Wichita Crime Commission

Wichita Home Works

Wiesen Roofing & Exteriors

 

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 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.

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