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Posted on: May 25, 2017

Kansas Commerce Newsletter

  Kansas Commerce Newsletter

The Kansas Department of Commerce will host International Trade Day on June 6 in the Colonial Ballroom of Emporia State University’s Memorial Union. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the conference will adjourn at 5:15 p.m. 

The keynote address will be delivered by Chris Kuehl, the Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence.

Registration for the 2017 International Trade Day is open with a registration fee of $50.
For a complete agenda, more information or to register please go to

Sponsors include: Scarbrough International, Invena Corporation and Lee Aerospace. 

Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award

The Governor’s Exporter of the Year award proudly celebrates the successes of Kansas companies that excel in exporting and growing their communities. 
Twelve Kansas companies were nominated for the 2017 Exporter of the Year award, finalists include:
  • Bergkamp, Inc.
  • KSi Conveyors, Inc.
  • Lee Aerospace
  • Shor-Line
Winners of both the Exporter of the Year and the Award of Excellence will be announced at the Team Kansas Awards Banquet on June 6 during Business Appreciation Month.   

Governor’s Award of Excellence

There were 19 regional winners and 44 merit winners for the Governor’s Award of Excellence. Finalists for the award include:
  • Boot Hill Distillery
  • Cereal Ingredient, Inc.
  • CertainTeed Corporation
  • Community National Bank & Trust
  • United Telephone Association/United Wireless Communications, Inc.
A complete list of Regional Winners of the 2017 Governor’s Award of Excellence follows:
  • Rooks County Health Center
  • Crop Production Services
  • Central Veterinary Services, PA
  • Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative, Inc.

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JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneurs

The event brought legislators, business owners and students to the Kansas Statehouse to celebrate entrepreneurship. 

The JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneurs Program designed to incentivize and encourage “new businesses” while developing the entrepreneurial spirit in the state by partnering with the university structure.

Kansas Military Workforce Summit

The summit brought together service-members, businesses and community members to discuss employing skilled and dedicated service-members in the Kansas workforce. 

Brigadier General Pat Frank and Secretary Soave spoke on this and many other aspects of veterans and why they make supber employees for any industry. 

Terracon announces Plans for new Corporate Headquarters in Olathe

Terracon announced that the next phase of its growth will occur close to its Kansas home.

The company will build a new $21 million corporate headquarters in Olathe, keeping nearly 200 employees close to the company’s existing location.

Olathe has been home to Terracon for more than 10 years. Since 2007, the company has grown from $335 million in revenue to more than $580 million. 

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission would like to announce the 2017 Participating Artists for the Tallgrass Artist Residency. The Tallgrass Residency program was first implemented in 2016 with funding from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) Arts Integration Program. The Tallgrass Artist Residency is pleased to announce the 2017 Participating Artists: 
  • Shin-hee Chin, May 21-31
  • Steve Snell, June 18-28
  • Abby Blake, July 9-19
  • Corey Smith, July 22-31
  • Lynn Benson, July 26-August 4
  • Jillian Youngbird, August 13-23
  • Cody Kauhl, August 18-28
  • Kevin Benham, September 12-22
This residency seeks to create connection and conversation across the Great Plains by requesting that applicants currently live in a place that is ecologically considered prairie.

For more news and information about the Kansas Department of Commerce visit our social media pages. 

Kansas Department of Commerce
1000 S.W. Jackson St., Suite 100, Topeka, KS 66612-1354
Phone: (785) 296-3351 | E-mail: |


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