Nominations for 2023 are now closed.
Kansas Department of Commerce 2023 Candidates To the Stars: Kansas Business The award reception period has ended. We would like to thank everyone who nominated businesses and businesspeople in the state for their valuable contributions to Kansas' economy and positive impact on their communities.
Stay tuned for information about the winners and the statewide awards banquet on October 12th in Wichita.
“Kansas' businesses and businesspeople are the lifeblood of our state. They make our state strong, prosperous, successful and a great place to live and work.” Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland Said. “The success of Kansas’ business community needs to be shared, so we encourage you to nominate a company or individual for this important recognition.”
2023 Award Categories:
- agribusiness – Outstanding companies in the agribusiness industry, including agricultural production, products and services, and agritourism
- Apprenticeship Champions and Partners – Businesses and other entities registered in Kansas that excel in offering apprenticeship programs.
- business innovation – Companies from all sectors incorporating innovative technology into their business
- Healthcare/Nonprofit – Notable services provided by a medical facility or non-profit organization
- Manufacturing/Sales – Outstanding track record for large and small companies involved in manufacturing and distribution
- Non-traditional talent pool – Businesses going above and beyond to hire people who have been involved with the justice system in the past, are young, elderly, or have a disability.
- Retail/Service – Outstanding performance by companies selling goods, products, and services
- Entrepreneurs under 30 – Young entrepreneurs who achieved success in business before the age of 30
- Welcome back – Entrepreneurs and businessmen who left Kansas but returned to make their mark in the Sunflower State.
The Department of Commerce will host a statewide awards banquet on Oct. 12 in Wichita. The Department of Commerce will also announce the winners of the prestigious Governor's Award for Excellence and the 2023 Exporter of the Year during the banquet and awards ceremony.
“We want to recognize the many companies and businessmen in our state who work hard to build their companies and at the same time serve their communities as a valuable resource,” he said. Craig VanWey, Intrastate Business Development Manager. “These awards allow us to highlight the great success stories happening across the state.”