The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce is once again celebrating small businesses.
Companies across the metro submitted applications for the chamber’s 29th annual Small Business Celebration and 10 have been selected.
One of the Top 10 will be crowned KC Chamber’s 2015 Small Business of the Year; receiving the prestigious Mr. K award at the annual awards luncheon May 13. The honor is bestowed to the small business that best exemplifies Mr. K’s business philosophies: strong growth and sustainability, outstanding employee relations and a passion for community service. Past Small Business of the Year honorees include Copaken Brooks, Boulevard Brewing Company, Missouri Bank, and Athletic & Rehabilitation Center (now ARC Physical Therapy+), and the 2014 winner, Bishop-McCann.
The honorees are:
AdamsGabbert, a professional services firm specializing in improving business and IT strategy and operations in the areas of people, process and systems
BNIM, a national leader in innovative design and architecture with a reputation for thoughtful design, technical competence and conscientious service
Centric Projects, a next generation builder in Kansas City, leveraging accountability, mobility and collaboration to provide full general construction services
DataLocker, which manufactures data encryption solutions for governments, military and businesses around the world
IDD InStore Design Display, a company that creates quality store fixtures and distinctive custom displays and provides services from design to fulfillment
Infinite Energy Construction, Inc., which provides general construction management services, general construction execution, electrical subcontracting, energy auditing, energy efficiency improvement, and other services to private and public sectors
k12itc, delivering customized technology solutions and services for K-12 school districts by leveraging a special mix of cloud computing and on-site support
NorthPoint Development, a commercial real estate development, management and leasing firm, distinguished by its commitment to superior service
Sullivan Higdon & Sink, an idea company that helps brands stand out through integrated brand experiences conceived and executed by collaborative multidisciplined teams.
Technology Group Solutions, which provides information technology infrastructure to assist organizations with the individual office, the network, multiple sites and data centers
The 10 companies, chosen by a panel of judges, were announced at a special private reception presented by Enterprise Bank & Trust at Boulevard Brewing Company.
“The KC Chamber is pleased to serve a diverse cross section of members, and small businesses are an important part of our regional economy,” says Jim Heeter, president and chief executive officer of the KC Chamber. “I’m pleased to see the variety of candidates and certainly don’t envy our judges. It’s going to be tough to pick just one for the Mr. K award. Year after year this celebration recognizes the small business sector and the impact these organizations are having on Kansas City and our economy as a whole.”
The 2015 awards will also include recognition of Legacy of Kansas City, for small companies with longevity in the metro; Diverse Small Business of the Year, geared toward minority business enterprise, veteran-owned business or disabled veteran-owned business and woman-owned business enterprise; and Entrepreneur, for startup or micro companies built on ideology, values, and goals to make change through enrichment.