Kansas Minority Enterprise Development Awards Luncheon a Huge Success

Rhonda Harris, Director of the Office of Minority & Women Business Development for the Kansas Department of Commerce

TOPEKA – The room was filled with lively conversation, jovial laughter, and wonderful jazz music last Thursday at the Minority Enterprise Development Luncheon. The event took place at the Capital Plaza Hotel.

Several different area business owners and entrepreneurs gathered to be celebrated and awarded by the Kansas Department of Commerce Office of Minority and Women Business Development. Brooke Lennington, evening Anchor for KSNT-TV, was the emcee for the event.

Brooke Lennington, KSNT-TV

Companies and entrepreneurs joined together and listened to the names of businesses and influential people announced and awarded over lunch. These included innovators and big names in construction, manufacturing, professional services, retail, service industry, and supply/distribution.

Music was provided by the Washburn Rural High School Jazz Band.

The Washburn Rural High School Jazz Band

Awards were handed out to winners by Kansas Lieutenant Governor Tracey Mann, who said that he was very pleased to be able to participate.

“It was a tremendous turnout,” Mann said. “It was just fun to get to recognize these people and businesses that are doing great things for Kansas.”

Tracey Mann, Lieutenant Governor of Kansas

Award recipients included:

  Minority-Owned Businesses Women-Owned Businesses
Construction Harris & Sons Enterprises, Inc.

Topeka, KS

Sorella Group, Inc.

Lenexa, KS

Manufacturing MASS Medical Storage LLC

Lenexa, KS

Mid Star Lab, Inc.

Tonganoxie, KS

Professional Service The AGA Group, LLC

Overland Park, KS

A.S.K. Associates, Inc.

Lawrence, KS

Retail Leeway Franks, LLC

Lawrence, KS

Candle Queen Candles

Leavenworth, KS

Service Industry Veracity Consulting, Inc.

Overland Park, KS

Exterior Lifestyles by Design, LLC.

Overland Park, KS

Supplier/Distributor Mi Rancho Tequila

Kansas City, KS

International Express Trucking, Inc.

Kansas City, KS


The Kansas Department of Commerce would like to thank the event’s sponsors, which include:

  • Dillons
  • KCP&L
  • Westar Energy
  • GO Topeka
  • Textron Aviation
  • NetWork Kansas
  • PTMW
  • FHLBank Topeka


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