Watts and Perrys Are Recognized by Ks. Dept. of Commerce

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Minority and women-owned businesses are important to the Kansas economy, said David Toland, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Because of this, the department is recognizing businesses across the state, with two from Bourbon County being honored.

“We greatly value the contributions these businesses and advocates provide to our state, from the jobs they create to the way they enrich communities and lives,” Toland said. “On behalf of Governor Kelly, the Department of Commerce and citizens across the state, thank you for keeping our economy strong and vibrant.”

Lindsey Watts, submitted photo.

Lindsey Watts will be honored as Young Enrepreneur by the department.

Watts and her husband own Smallville Crossfit Center in Fort Scott.

To qualify for the Young Entrepreneur, nominees must:

  • Must be under the age of 30
  • Must be a minority- or woman-owned business
  • Must be a small business located in Kansas
  • Must be in business for at least six months
Thaddeus and Kelly Perry, submitted photos.

Thaddeus and Kelly Perry, owners of Perry’s Pork Rinds, Bronson are honored in the Supplier/Distributor Firm category.

Criteria for this award is they must be a small business located in Kansas, must be a minority or woman women owned business and must be in business for at least one year.


“In the judging process we have a committee that rates the nominations we receive,” said Rhonda Harris, Director of the Office of Minority and Women Business Development, at the Ks. Dept. of Commerce. “The ratings are based on the impact the businesses have made in the community i.e. revenues brought to the community and jobs created.  We also look at their growth and development, as well obstacles they have overcome. Their community involvement is also important in the judging process.”


The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development will host its 35th Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon at  Capitol Plaza Hotel’s Emerald Ballroom in Topeka on October 10, 2019, with doors opening at 11:20 am.

The event will take place during Kansas Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week and will recognize 12 minority- and women-owned companies, three individuals and one corporation from across the state for their support and efforts to create new opportunities.

Registration for the luncheon is $45 per person or $360 for a table of eight.

This event is open to the public, but registration is required and must be submitted by October 1.

Please visit KansasCommerce.gov/MEDWeek to register or contact Rhonda Harris, Director of the Office of Minority and Women Business Development, at (785) 296-3425 or [email protected].

Companies being recognized include:


Women-Owned Businesses:

Construction Firm
CJ Industries, LLC
Kansas City, KS

Manufacturing Firm
Safely Delicious, LLC
Overland Park, KS

Professional Service Firm
Century Business Technologies, Inc.
Topeka, KS

Retail Firm
Monroe 816
Garnett, KS

Service Industry Firm
Rosewood Services
Great Bend, KS

Supplier Distributor Firm
Technology Group Solutions, LLC
Lenexa, KS


Minority-Owned Businesses:

Construction Firm
CJR Construction Group, LLC
Overland Park, KS

Manufacturing Firm
Morning Light Kombucha
Hoyt, KS

Professional Service Firm
SnapIT Solutions, LLC
Overland Park, KS

Retail Firm
E & K Retail, Inc.
Leawood, KS

Service Industry Firm
Loving Arms Childcare and Preschool
Junction City, KS

Supplier/Distributor Firm
Perry’s Pork Rinds, LLC
Bronson, KS


Minority Business Advocate
Joyce Christanio
Sprint Corporation
Overland Park, KS

Women Business Advocate
Angela Motsinger
Motsinger CPA Tax & Accounting LLC
Lawrence, KS

Young Entrepreneur
Lindsey Watts
Smallville CrossFit
Fort Scott, KS

Corporation of the Year
Topeka, KS

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