State seeking nominations for business awards

The Kansas Department of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual Kansas Business Appreciation Awards.

Winners will come from seven regions around the state. Five finalists will be invited to the Kansas Cavalry Encampment event in June where the governor announces the winner of the Governor's Award of Excellence.

Award qualifications include: Business expansion; employee retention and recruitment; employee training/ educational programs; capital investment; and support for community activities.

Nominations will be accepted in four categories: manufacturing/distribution; service; retail; and hospital/non-profit.

The deadline to nominate is 5 p.m., April 1. To submit a nomination online, go to For information, call Krista Joy at (785) 296-7911 or e-mail