Two Wichitans receive SBA awards

WICHITA -- Two Wichita businessmen have been named winners of the 2009 Minority Enterprise Development Award by the Wichita district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Curtis Whitten, owner of the security firm VendTech Enterprise, is the minority small business person of the year. Dale Diggs, president of Diggs Construction, has been named 8(a) graduate of the year.

The 8 (a) refers to one of SBA's main loan programs.

Whitten and Diggs were honored during a recent luncheon at the Kansas Department of Commerce in Topeka.