Small Business

Meet the finalists for Wichita’s Small Business Awards

The Small Business Awards annually showcase the best and brightest small businesses in Wichita.

This year is no different.

From second-generation businesses to a business started in a basement to businesses hoping to improve the quality of people’s lives, all of this year’s award finalists have different starting points. But all of them share common roots: hard work, good employees and an unwavering vision.

Business Today, one of the sponsors of the awards program, profiles all of the finalists in Tier I (companies with 25 or fewer employees) and Tier II (between 26 and 100 employees). The 10 finalists were winnowed from an initial nomination list of more than 100 businesses.

We hope you will join us May 11 for the Small Business Awards Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Wichita, where a winner from each tier will be announced.

As a bonus this year, the first Engage & Ignite Small Business Conference will be held the morning before the luncheon. The conference will feature a variety of seminars and speakers on topics fundamentally important to small business owners and their employees.

For information on both events, contact the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce at 316-265-7771 or go to

Tom Shine, Business Editor

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