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Union Station’s Sprint Festival Plaza will be filled with representatives of 79 small businesses for the annual Small Business Celebration Candidates’ Showcase on Wednesday, March 29 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The businesses are all candidates for the Greater Kansas City Chamber’s annual small business awards, and will be showing off their products and services to the public - and the celebration judges.
The companies at the Candidates Showcase run from A (Adams-Gabbert & Associates) to Z (ZIYAK) and include architecture firms, restaurants, tech companies, contractors, and more. Each is hoping to win the Mr. K Award as the 2017 Small Business of the Year.
The Mr. K Award is named after Ewing Kauffman, and his business philosophy forms the criteria on which candidates are judged:  growth in revenue, excellent employee relations, and a record of outstanding community service.
The “2017 Top 10 Small Businesses” will be chosen from among the 79 candidates, and announced on April 13 at a private reception beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Faultless Event Space. Two more public events will follow:
  • Top 10 CEO Panel Breakfast, May 4, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., Kansas City Downtown Marriott, 200 W. 12th Street, KCMO. The CEOs from each of the Top 10 companies share their stories, challenges, successes, and best practices.
  • Small Business Celebration Awards Luncheon, May 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., The Westin Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, 1 Pershing Road, KCMO. The Top 10 will be honored and the Mr. K Award winner announced. 
2017 marks the 31st year for the Small Business Celebration, an annual series of events presented by the KC Chamber to highlight the important role played by small business in the KC economy.
The candidates for this year’s awards are:
Adams-Gabbert & Associates, LLC
Alight Analytics
Alpha Energy and Electric, Inc.
Andrews McMeel Universal
Barrier Technologies
Blue Beetle Pest Control
Bob Hamilton
Briarcliff Development Company
Brinkmann Contractors
Camp Bow Wow Kansas City Westport
Charlie Hustle, LLC
Code Koalas
Copaken Brooks
CORE Strong Fitness, LLC
Crestwood Painting, LLC
EAG Advertising & Marketing
Fogel-Anderson Construction
GeeredUp Films
Gift Card Impressions
Gragg Advertising
Griffith Payments
Harry's Country Club
Heritage Biologics
Hitch Fit
iFocus Marketing
Innovating Solutions LLC
J. Rieger & Co.
Jeff Hanson Art
Johnny Lightning Strikes Again
Kansas City Direct Primary Care
KC Crew
KC Needlepoint
KC Restoration
KC Store Fixtures
KEM Studio
LIXO Sanitation
M & D Enterprise Inc. / M-Power Enterprises Inc.
Made in KC
Meridian Business
Muscle Metrics
New Horizons Enterprises, LLC
Paleterias Tropicana
Planters Seed
Posty Cards
Prairie Elder Care
Premier Integrative Health 
Pro Athlete
REACTOR Design Studio
Rivas Photography
Royal Services
Rx Savings Solutions
School of Sock/Sock101
Scratch Office Catering
SipVine, Inc.
Special Touch Care LLC
Strategic Capital
The Raphael
The Soccer Lot, LLC
Tico Productions, LLC
Trezo Mare
Ultrapom Event Rental
Valbridge Properties
Venice Communications
Voepel Property Management
Weave Gotcha Covered
Webb Technology Group, LLC
Yaeger Architecture, Inc.
Zachary Ruben Photography & Video