The daylong celebration began with a resolution read into the house and senate recognizing hr-haven as a recipient of Emerging Business of the Year. To be selected for the award a business must have achieved major accomplishments, overcome significant obstacles, shown growth and demonstrated good corporate citizenship through community contributions. The day concluded with an awards ceremony attended the Governor and many of the state’s Senators and Representatives. Governor Brownback and Belinda Waggoner, President and Founder of hr-haven, spent time discussing the business climate. The Governor spoke to the entire group with a message on the importance of small businesses to the state. He went on to acknowledge there are discussions on what can be done to assist small businesses since they are such an important component in the economic growth of Kansas.
In total, 16 Kansas small businesses were recognized at a ceremony. The businesses were selected from more than 2,500 entrepreneurs that received KSBDC services in 2011."The businesses were selected after careful consideration by our regional directors and consultants," said Greg Panichello, KSBDC state director. “The continuing difficult national economy has provided numerous opportunities for small businesses to adapt and prosper in response. Collectively we feel these 16 small businesses are excellent examples of small business adaptation and success in challenging times.”
Belinda Waggoner said “winning Emerging Business is really gratifying, but not nearly as gratifying as the feeling we have when we get Toolkit materials into a business owners hands. We started hr-haven as a business, but it’s rapidly become a mission – because we’ve discovered that business owners really don’t know what they don’t know about human resources and most are doing something terribly wrong. Our Toolkit not only provides businesses with processes and forms to keep them out of harms’ way, but also an HR 101 education as they participate in the project. And, our philosophy is that traditional HR consultants and practitioners do a great disservice to companies because they don’t know what’s gone before – which is why we developed the Toolkit Alumni Club so Alums can call for help when they need it.”
JCCC-Johnson County Community College office of the KSBDC-Kansas Small Business Development Centers