Two Wichita businesses were recognized by the state last week as part of Kansas Minority Enterprise Development Week.
Wichita’s Phast Parts LLC, an aviation training facilitator and aviation parts supplier, was a winner in the women-owned business category, and Professional Landscaping Services, a landscaping firm, was recognized as a minority-owned business.
On Friday, The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development hosted its 37th annual Minority and Women Business Awards. The event recognized 12 companies, three individuals and one corporation for their efforts to create new economic development opportunities across the state.
“It’s such an honor to play a role in the journey many of these businesses experience to become successful,” said Rhonda Harris, director of the Office of Minority and Women Business Development, in a news release. “Their growth and development are critical to our Kansas economy and I’m excited to see the progression of these businesses moving forward. My sincere congratulations are extended to the winners.” 
MED Week is celebrated nationally to recognize the more than 9.2 million minority-owned business enterprises that support the U.S. economy, according to a news release from the state.
In Wichita, Martha Everheart launched Phast Parts in 2012, providing aircraft parts, training services, logistics and more
Peter Salmeron, who’s had a 35-year career in Wichita landscaping business management, owns Professional Landscaping Services.
The business owners and companies recognized by category:
Woman-owned businesses: 
 Minority-owned businesses: 
Young entrepreneur: Kate Smith, Kate Smith Soiree/Butterfield’s Bakery, Lenexa 
Minority business advocate: Dave Sotelo, city of Hutchinson  
Women business advocate: Glenda Washington, Greater Topeka Partnership/MWBD, Topeka 
Corporation of the year: Terracon, Olathe
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