Chamber names 10 small-business finalists

Ten companies were announced Wednesday as finalists for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Awards.

One hundred companies were nominated for this year's awards. A panel of judges will select the winners based upon business operations, employee relations, diversity, contributions to the community and entrepreneurial spirit.

The finalists in Tier 1, for companies with one to 25 employees: Eric Fisher Academy, MoJack Distributors, Occidental Management, Shelden Architecture and the Bill Guy Technology Solutions.

The finalists in Tier 2, for companies with 26 to 100 employees: J.R. Custom Metal Products, Midwest Single Source, ARSI, the Hotel at Old Town and Eric Fisher Salon.

Each of the finalists will be recognized during the Small Business Awards Sunrise Scrambler on April 21 at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in the Wichita Boathouse, 515 S. Wichita.

The winners will be announced May 11 during a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Wichita, 400 W. Waterman. George Laham, president of Laham Development, will be the guest speaker.