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KC Chamber’s Annual Small Business Celebration Kicks Off Wednesday With Candidate Showcase

Doughnuts, lingerie, and beer are just three of the products that will be on display this Wednesday, March 28 at the KC Chamber’s annual Small Business Celebration Candidate Showcase. A total of 75 candidates will display their wares and explain their services from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Sprint Festival Plaza at Union Station.
Advance registration for the Candidate Showcase is $20 for Chamber members and $30 for non-members. Your registration includes appetizers, beverages, and parking validation. Click here to register.
The Candidate Showcase is the first public event of the 2018 Small Business Celebration, held annually to honor the small and entrepreneurial companies that contribute so much to KC’s economy. From the 75 candidates, ten will be chosen as the Top 10 Small Businesses of the Year. One of those ten will be named the “Mr. K” Award winner as Small Business of the Year at a luncheon later this year.
The candidates are selected by an independent panel of judges who base their decision on the business principles espoused by iconic Kansas City entrepreneur - Ewing Kauffman (Mr. K):  (1) growth or sustainability in business; (2) excellent employee relations; and (3) outstanding service to the community.
This is the 32nd year for the Chamber’s Small Business Celebration. A then-small company by the name of Cerner won the Mr. K Award in 1988. The current chair of the KC Chamber, Matt Condon, won in 2010 for the first company he founded in Kansas City, ARC Physical Therapy+, sold in 2013 for $36 million.
LOTS OF VISUALS:  Carnival and arcade games, baby chicks (used for elder therapy), therapy dogs, lots of food (Buntinis, beets (yes, beets), beer & wine tastings, homemade soda, pizza, and meat).
Other Small Business Celebration events include:
Top 10 Think Tank:  Small Business Best Practices Breakfast 2018 – May 3, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m., The Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center: Previously called the Top 10 CEO Breakfast, this event features a conversation with the leaders of the Top 10 Small Businesses on the secrets to their success.
Small Business Celebration Awards Luncheon 2018 – May 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Kansas City Downtown Marriott.  The Top 10 Small Businesses will be honored and the Small Business of the Year/Mr. K Award will be announced, as well as the Diverse Small Business Award, the Legacy of KC Award, the Entrepreneur Award, and the International Award.