6 p.m. – Reception, Red Carpet, Honoree Wall of Fame
7 p.m. – Sit-Down Dinner
8 p.m. – Awards Presentation
9: 30 p.m. – After Party
As part of its 10-year anniversary celebration in 2002, Thinking Bigger Business Media Inc. launched the annual 25 Under 25 Small Business Awards to recognize 25 outstanding Kansas City businesses with 25 or fewer employees.
Until the 25 Under 25 Awards, no formal recognition program existed in the Kansas City area that specifically targeted businesses with fewer than 25 employees. Yet this segment of business comprises the largest number of companies both locally and nationally, with roughly 83 percent of Kansas City area and 86 percent of businesses nationwide employing 19 or fewer employees.
With the establishment of the 25 Under 25 Awards program, small businesses are being recognized for the significant role they play in the Kansas City economy. The 25 Under 25 Awards program is not just about honoring individual businesses—it’s also about opening the public’s eyes to the economic, social and community impact of small businesses.