KC Chamber’s Annual Small Business Celebration Kicks Off with a Virtual Candidates’ Showcase

The show must go on – and it will be virtual! The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s annual Small Business Celebration kicks off this week with the first ever Virtual Candidates’ Showcase. Thirty six candidates will give their presentation “Shark Tank-style" over a two-day virtual showcase, August 19, 2020 and August 20, 2020, 11 am – 1pm both days. They will compete for the coveted Small Business of the Year Award – also known as the Mr. K Award - and other specialty awards. These awards will then be presented at the Small Business Awards Luncheon, October 15.

The candidates will have one minute to give their presentations, followed by three minutes of Q&A from the judges. As always, the judges are anonymous and the candidates will only hear their voices.

KC’s small businesses need support more than ever, and the community is encouraged to watch and cheer on their favorite small businesses. Register here for Day 1 and register here for Day 2. The candidates and their presentation days are below:

August 19, Day 1 Presenters:

  • AlphaGraphics
  • Amply Media
  • Bay Boy Specialty Sandwiches
  • BNIM
  • Cherry Co.
  • Chicken N Pickle
  • Crema
  • Dickson-Diveley Midwest Orthopaedics
  • KJO Media
  • Midtown Signs
  • Plexpod
  • Prairie Elder Care
  • Sethmar Transportation
  • Stellar Image Studios
  • The Purple Guys
  • Traders Insurance
  • Ultra-Tech Aerospace, Inc.
  • Willoughby Design

August 20, Day 2 Presenters:

  • Signal Theory
  • BMG Advisors
  • Core Catalysts, LLC
  • Crux
  • HCI Energy
  • J Rieger
  • Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions
  • McClain’s Bakery and Markets
  • Meridian Business Services
  • Messenger Coffee
  • Native Digital
  • Parson & Associates
  • Pro Athlete
  • Rising Construction
  • Serenity Funeral Homes
  • Shark Off
  • Social Apex Media
  • Swell Spark

The Top 10 Small Businesses will be announced Friday, September 4, 2020 via the Chamber’s social media platforms.

The Virtual Top 10 CEO Panel will be Thursday, October 1, 2020. 

The Virtual Small Business Celebration Awards Luncheon will be Thursday, October 15, 2020.

The Chamber’s Small Business Celebration is one of the largest of its kind across the country. The event sponsors are Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City and Evergy. The CEO Sponsor is Honeywell. The Candidates’ Showcase Presenting Sponsor is American Century Investments.

Media Contacts: Courtney Lewis, 816-878-9650 (mobile); Pam Whiting 816-374-5481