The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday gave its Small Business of the Year award to k12itc, a company that offers cloud computing products and services for K-12 schools. Four other Kansas City-area businesses received specialty awards at the chamber’s 30th annual Small Business Celebration.
The specialty winners were:
- Diverse Small Business of the Year – DuBois Consultants, Inc.
- Entrepreneurial Small Business of the Year – blooom
- International Small Business of the Year – Doodlekit
- Legacy Business of the Year – Newmark Grubb Zimmer
Brad Sandt, the former head of IT for the Park Hill School District, founded k12itc five years ago, based on his experiences with K-12 education IT, according to a chamber press release.
“I saw that many schools were having trouble maintaining their IT environment,” Sandt said in a press release. “We were also able to package things together in an efficient manner that made sense as schools were dealing with budget challenges throughout the country. That led to taking a leap of faith and starting k12itc.”
The company has grown from three to 29 employees and now works with schools in seven states.
Also Wednesday, the chamber recognized its Top 10 Small Businesses for the year. Those businesses include: Adams-Gabbert & Associates; Alpha Energy and Electric; Centric Projects; DataLocker; International Builders & Consultants; Lead Bank; Posty Cards; Veracity Consulting; and Weave Gotcha Covered!