Lead Bank takes top honor as KC Chamber celebrates small businesses

Lead Bank took home the Mr. K Award on Thursday as the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s small business of the year.

The award, named for famed Kansas City entrepreneur Ewing Marion Kauffman, recognizes companies that embody Kauffman’s priorities of growing businesses, rewarding employees and giving back to the community, according to a chamber press release.

Lead Bank was founded more than 90 years ago and serves a diverse clientele with three locations, according to the chamber.

The chamber’s award announcement highlighted Lead Bank’s work with entrepreneurs, to whom it provides mentorship and connections to early-stage capital, according to the release.

Lead Bank CEO Josh Rowland accepted the award on behalf of his organization Thursday at the chamber’s annual Small Business Celebration.

The bank was one of the chamber’s Top 10 Small Businesses for the year. The other nine businesses recognized Thursday were Charlie Hustle, International Express Trucking, Orbis Biosciences, Pro Athlete, Royal Services, SwimZip, Veracity and Wellington.

Four other companies won specialty awards:

  • Diverse Small Business of the Year Award – Veracity Consulting
  • International Small Business of the Year Award – Orbis Biosciences
  • Legacy of Kansas City Award – The Robert E. Miller Group
  • Entrepreneur Award – Chicken ‘N’ Pickle

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