Several Lee’s Summit businesses are being recognized for excellence by their peers in the Chamber of Commerce’s Truly the Best Business of the Year awards.
The Chamber chooses the winners of the annual awards by accepting nominations and a member task force conducted site visits and interviews of the three top applicants in four categories: not-for-profits and three businesses based on the number of employees.
Winners were announced at a luncheon May 19 sponsored by the Lee’s Summit Journal.
“It is very tough to go on these site visits and make a decision,” said Dana Arth, chairwoman of the 2017 task force. Her accounting firm was a winner last year. She said all the nominations were strong entries.
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Arth, and Steve Arbo, city manager for Lee’s Summit and another winner last year, said the process of competing for the award and preparing for site visits helped give them insights for improving their operations. The awards also build relationships, Arth said.
“Lee’s Summit is a great community,” Arth said. “I have people I compete with for business, but we don’t look like it like that.”
The 2017 winners who received a trophy and banner to display, and logo for their website:
Lee’s Summit CARES, Best in the Not-for-Profit Class.
The agency is committed to preventing and reducing violence and drug abuse by Lee’s Summit youth. It assists parents and focuses on healthy parenting techniques and leadership in schools, city government and the community.
Budget Blinds, Best in Class 5 or less Employees
A three-generation, family-owned business was started 15 years ago and focuses on customer service and using technology to provide total home automation. It has a showroom in downtown Lee’s Summit.
Neighborhood Café, Best in Class 6-20 Employees
The downtown restaurant continues a long tradition at the site, under new managing owner Tony Olson with updates to the building and employees creating a “family” culture and giving back to the community through fundraisers.
Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Best in Class 20+ Employees
The hospital conducts peer reviews for open positions, ensuring a successful cultural fit for a positive working environment. Senior management staff makes patient rounds daily to ensure they are getting good care and the gift shop donates all proceeds to local charities.