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Alpha Energy And Electric Wins Mr. K Award As Small Business Of The Year



Incorporated in 2005, Alpha Energy and Electric had its humble beginnings with two employees in a two-room office space at the 18th & Vine Incubator. Today, the engineering, procurement, and construction firm operates from a 10,000 square foot corporate headquarters deliberately located in the heart of Kansas City’s urban core. An expansion of their headquarters is planned for later this year.
 
Alpha Energy CEO Ike Nwabuonwu accepted the Mr. K Award at the KC Chamber’s 31st annual Small Business Celebration Awards Luncheon Tuesday. His company received another award earlier in the program, as International Small Business of the Year.
 
Among the domestic projects Alpha Energy has won or participated in: renovation of Kauffman and Arrowhead Stadiums, the Sprint Center, and the JE Dunn Corporate Headquarters, as well as projects at Ft. Leavenworth, Ft. Riley, Whiteman Air Force Base, the federal building in Lincoln, Nebraska; and the US Department of Agriculture facility in Ames, Iowa.
 
Internationally, Alpha Energy is working with the Nigerian government to develop, design, construct and operate power generation facilities, and with Ghana to develop renewable power infrastructure in that country.
 
The company is also focused on the community in which it’s located – working closely with the Full Employment Council to hire people from the center city.

Specialty Award Winners
 
International Small Business of the Year:  Alpha Energy and Electric
 
Diverse Small Business Award:  Webb Technology Group
This award is geared towards certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Veteran-owned Business, LGBT or Service Disabled Veteran owned Small Business. Webb Technology has certifications as a minority, veteran, and LGBT owned business. The firm’s primary mission is app development for minority and women owned small businesses.
 
Entrepreneur Award:  J. Rieger & Co.
This award recognizes a company that is less than three years old and demonstrates a high level of entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, perseverance, innovation and determination. In 2014, the owner of J. Rieger relaunched his great-great-great grandfather’s iconic brand by teaming up with local industry professionals. In the last two years, the company has grown far larger than not just other Kansas City distilleries, but larger than 92 percent of craft distilleries in the United States.
 
Legacy of Kansas City Award:  Andrews McMeel Universal
The Legacy of Kansas City Award honors longevity of 15 years or more in business within the KC region, with a proven record of providing quality products and/or services in the greater Kansas City metro. Since 1970, Andrews McMeel has grown into a global, independent, integrated media company specializing in syndication, publishing and entertainment, representing popular features such as Peanuts, Garfield, Dilbert, and Doonesbury.
 
Tuesday’s Luncheon the culmination of a six month process
 
In the fall of 2016, more than 1600 small businesses in the Kansas City region were nominated for the KC Chamber Small Business Awards.  From that pool, an independent panel of judges selected the Top 10 Small Businesses for 2017. The companies were judged by criteria fashioned after the business philosophy of iconic KC entrepreneur, Ewing Kauffman:  growth or sustainability in revenue; outstanding employee relations; and excellent service to the community.