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The Mr. K Award
The "Mr. K" Award
The late Ewing M. Kauffman was the epitome of the successful entrepreneur. And the values he both espoused and lived form the criteria for selection of The Chamber’s Small Business of the Year.
Mr. K started his career as a salesman, but the more orders he brought in, the more they cut his commission or territory. (It just didn’t do to make more money than the company president…) So he quit, grinding oyster shells in his basement at night to fill the orders for calcium supplements he got during the day. That’s how Marion Labs began.
As a businessman, Mr. K was known for his appreciation for (and generosity to) his employees. And he is still loved for the many contributions he made to Greater Kansas City.
As with many business awards, candidates for The Chamber’s Small Business Awards are judged by the growth or sustainability of their business. But they also must have strong employee relations and a record of giving back to the community. Just like Mr. K.
Read more about Ewing Kauffman from the Kauffman Foundation website >>
Past "Mr. K" Award winners
The following is a list of previous winners of the "Mr. K" Award as the Chamber's Small Business of the Year:
Boulevard Brewing Company
Athletic Rehabilitation Center
Kansas City Internal Medicine
(formerly Sunlight Saunas™) - 2008
Hoefer Wysocki Architects
S&M NuTec, LLC
CommuniTech.Net - 2001
SKC Communication Products Inc.
Missouri Bank & Trust Company of Kansas City
Marketing Associates International - 1998
Gould Evans Affiliates
Robert D. O’Byrne & Associates Inc.
Phelps Tool & Die Co., Inc. - 1994
Bagel & Bagel Inc. - 1993
OTR Express Inc. - 1992
Big Bob’s Used Carpet Shops of America Inc. - 1991
PB&J Corporation - 1990
Kansas City Valve & Fitting Co.
Blankenship Distributors Inc. – 1987
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