Nominate Your Favorite Biz for Our Small Business of the Year Awards

2016_SBA_awards_4cWe are currently accepting nominations for our 2016 Small Business Awards through Friday, Dec. 4. The program, now in its 12th year, is presented by Cornerstone Design and Development. Inc. and Zernco, Inc. It offers well-deserved recognition to small businesses for their achievements and contributions to our community and provides owners and employees the opportunity to showcase their company, share their story and be rewarded for their efforts.

Business Criteria for Participation

  • Headquartered in Wichita Metro area
  • Employ between 1-25 FTE for Tier One, or 26-100 FTE for Tier Two
  • Have been in business for at least three years
  • Demonstrate a commitment to good business practices
  • Maintain good employee relations
  • Contribute to the community
  • Have primary source of revenues from business operations, rather than grants, donors, or governmental funding (not-for-profits may be eligible to apply if they meet this criteria)
  • Be a member in good standing of the Wichita Metro Chamber at the time of application

Nominations take less than a minute and can be made online at wichitachamber.org/awards.

One business from each tier will be selected as the 2016 Small Business of the Year, and an awards luncheon will be held in the spring to announce the recipients.

Joy Eakins and the team at Cornerstone Design & Development were our 2015 Tier One Small Business of the Year.

Joy Eakins and the team at Cornerstone Design & Development were our 2015 Tier One Small Business of the Year.

Ashley Thill and the team at Zernco were our 2015 Tier Two Small Business of the Year.

Ashley Thill and the team at Zernco were our 2015 Tier Two Small Business of the Year.

2015 Small Business of the Year finalists announced

The 2015 Small Business of the Year finalists were announced last night at a Metro Mingle event. This is the eleventh year for the program, which is presented by the 2014 award recipients: Balco, Inc. and Icon Structures Inc.

In addition to offering well-deserved recognition to small businesses for their achievements and contributions to our community, the Small Business Award program provides owners and their employees the opportunity to showcase their company, share their story, and be rewarded for their efforts.

“Our focus in 2015 is on growing jobs in our region,” Chamber President Gary Plummer said. “Small businesses are at the heart of job growth, both here and across the nation. It’s a wonderful time to be recognizing the outstanding small businesses that are creating jobs and making Wichita a stronger community. Congratulations to each of these finalists.”

2015 Finalists
Advanced Mobile Healthcare
After Hours Auto Repair
Building Controls and Services Inc.
Chance Rides Manufacturing, Inc.
Cornerstone Design and Development, Inc.
Crave Beauty Academy
Legacy Bank
McClelland Sound Inc.
Zernco, Inc.

Ninety-four small businesses were nominated for the award, and twenty completed the application process. The finalists will be featured at a Sunrise Scrambler event on April 16, and an Awards Luncheon will be held on May 13 to announce this year’s winners.

See photos from the Metro Mingle event here.

More information and a complete list of past winners can be found at wichitachamber.org/awards

2015 Finalists with Chamber President Gary Plummer

2015 Finalists with Chamber President Gary Plummer

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