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For Immediate Release

Sept. 23, 2015

Contact: Matt Keith

(785) 296-4931,


Commerce to host Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon Oct. 13 event is part of Minority Enterprise Development Week


The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development will host its 31st Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 Southwest Topeka Boulevard, Topeka.

MindLift is Minority Owned Business Professional Services Firm of the Year



The event will recognize 13 companies and three individuals for their support of Kansas minority and women-owned businesses and their efforts to create opportunities. The luncheon takes place during Kansas Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, the Department’s annual celebration of minority and women entrepreneurs in Kansas.


“Minority Enterprise Development Week is an important time to honor the outstanding minority and women-owned businesses in our state,” Kansas Commerce Interim Secretary Michael Copeland said. “The companies and entrepreneurs recognized at the awards luncheon help grow our economy and improve the quality of life in Kansas. They are leaders in their communities and in our state.”


Sponsors of the luncheon include Beechcraft Corporation, Dillons, GO Topeka/Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development, KCP&L, PTMW Inc. and NetWork Kansas.


The registration fee for the luncheon is $40 per person or $320 for a table of eight. Registration is required, and the deadline to register is Oct. 6. Please visit to register, or contact Rhonda Harris, director of the Office of Minority and Women Business Development, at (785) 296-3425 or


The Office of Minority and Women Business Development provides assistance in business development, identifying resources for financing and establishing contacts in the public and private sectors. The office is responsible for certifying minority and women-owned businesses as small disadvantaged businesses for procurement and subcontracting opportunities.


(A list of 2015 winners follows.)


Company Awards—Kansas Minority-Owned Businesses


Professional Service

Mind Lift, LLC

Erlinda Tjhai-Aydulun

Overland Park


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