Nominations will be accepted through June 22 for the 2023 Minority Enterprise Development Week Awards. These annual awards, now in their 38th year at the Department of Commerce, are one way the agency acknowledges and observes the growing impact of minority- and women-led companies on the entire Kansas economy.

“Part of our job is to ensure we are taking ample time to highlight and celebrate the remarkable businesses and businesspeople that are integral to our state’s growth,” Lt.. Gov. and Secretary of Commerce David Toland said.  “Intentionally acknowledging minority- and women-owned businesses allows us to recognize the valuable contributions they make throughout Kansas.” 

Presented by the Department of Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development, awards are given in the following categories:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional Service
  • Retail
  • Service Industry
  • Supplier/Distributor
  • Business Advocate
  • Young Entrepreneur
  • Corporation of the Year

To nominate a business or person (self-nominations accepted), click here.

The Office of MWBD will recognize all nominees and winners at a special event this fall. Details will be announced at a later date.

“Minority- and women-owned businesses are essential to the growth and development of the Kansas economy, and this special awards ceremony will honor the tremendous accomplishments of these amazing entrepreneurs in our state,” Director of the Office of Minority and Women Business Development Rhonda Harris said. “We encourage everyone to submit a nomination of a minority- and/or woman-owned business, advocate or young entrepreneur who are truly making a difference in their communities.”

The awards coincide with national MED Week, during which more than 9.2 million minority business enterprises are recognized for their significant role in the U.S. economy. Minority- and women-owned businesses generate more than $1.8 trillion in revenue. They create jobs that not only sustain the individual worker, but contribute to the economic security of their families, and the economic vitality of their communities and nation.  

The Kansas Office of Minority and Women Business Development also certifies businesses with designations of Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE). Certified companies are eligible to participate in public and private procurement and contracting opportunities where diversity goals have been established, and for business-related financial assistance programs. MBEs, WBEs and DBEs also can participate in business education workshops and seminars through the office. 

To learn more about the Office of Minority and Women Business Development, click here.