Business Appreciation Month serves as a statewide tribute to Kansas businesses for their contributions to our state. The awards program takes place each spring and invites individuals and organizations to nominate the proud Kansas businesses that contribute jobs and support their local communities. Finalists are recognized at the Team Kansas awards ceremony in June, with the top nominee receiving the Governor's Award of Excellence which is the top award given to a business by the state of Kansas.
Click here to nominate a Kansas business. The winner of the Governor's Award of Excellence will be announced at the Team Kansas Awards Banquet on June 6 at Emporia State University.
The intent of the program is to recognize Kansas businesses for their contributions to the local and state economy. Kansas businesses continue to be the foundation of our economy, communities and overall quality of life, and Business Appreciation Month is the state's way of recognizing Kansas businesses for all they do to keep Kansas strong.
The first step of the process is for businesses to be nominated for the award. Chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, small business development centers, organizations and individuals are encouraged to nominate companies for the awards program. Companies may also nominate themselves.
Nominations are accepted through late March and evaluated during the month of April with regional winners in the manufacturing/distribution, service, retail and hospital/non-profit categories selected. In May, the overall finalists give a presentation about their company and community involvement to the panel of judges. The recipient of the Governor's Award of Excellence is then announced in June at the Team Kansas awards ceremony.
Award qualifications include:
Business expansion in Kansas
Successful employee retention and recruitment practices
Employee training/educational programs
Capital investment in Kansas
Support of local activities including school activities, community events, economic development and leadership programs
2016: Civic Plus - Manhattan
2015: ITC Great Plains - Dodge City
2014: Galaxy Technologies - Winfield
2013: B & W Trailer Hitches - Humboldt
2012: Nex-Tech, Inc. - Lenora
2011: AuBurn Pharmacy, Inc. - Garnett
2010: Landoll Corporation - Marysville
2009: BTI Greensburg - Greensburg
2008: Crossland Construction Company - Columbus
2007: Black & Veatch - Overland Park
J-A-G Construction - Dodge City
2006: ICM - Colwich
2005: Watco Companies - Pittsburg
2004: Shelton Collision Repair - Derby
2003: Epic Touch Company - Elkhart
2002: Steel & Pipe Supply Company - Manhattan
2001: Capitol Federal Savings Bank - Topeka
2000: Olathe Health Systems - Olathe
1999: Midwest Energy, Inc. - Hays
1998: Taylor Forge Engineered Systems, Inc. - Paola
1997: Gates Rubber Company - Iola
1996: Koch Industries - Wichita
1995: Calibrated Forms, Inc. - Columbus
If you have any questions regarding the Business Appreciation Month program, please contact Tricia Rice at Tricia.Rice@ks.gov