The process

tporter@lsjournal.comMay 21, 2014 

Staff at Julia E. Hampton CPA react on stage after being named the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce 2014 Business of the Year during a luncheon May 16 at Abundant Life Baptist Church. The business was awarded in the Vegrandis (five or less employees) category.

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The theme of the annual Res in Motus business of the year luncheon was ‘the process.’

No, the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce’s latest nod to top businesses didn’t have an official theme to its annual business in motion awards celebration, but most of the winners came away from the event talking about the process it took to secure the award.

The chamber awarded businesses in four categories its top honor May 16 at Abundant Life Baptist Church. Representatives from some of the four talked about how going through the procedures after being nominated for the top spot has helped their cause.

Those post-nomination channels included thorough site visits from Res in Motus committee members and other meticulous methods.

“It means the world to us that the community has stepped up and stood behind us and has been with us the whole journey,” said Kylie Ewing of Pro Deo Youth Center, the winner in the Sanctimonia category for non-profit organizations with less than 20 employees. “We didn’t do any different (to win prior to site visits). We just showed up and wore our hearts on our sleeve. When you walk through our doors you can see the love that we have for what we do and that’s what we did.”

Julia E. Hampton, CPA was awarded in the Vegrandis category for businesses with five or less employees. The top spot came after the business was nominated twice before prior to winning.

“It’s a great honor and I’m very excited,” said Hampton. “This is my third time to be in the top three and the third time is the charm. (The process) makes you evaluate where your business is. If you don’t win, you go back and wonder why you didn’t and you tweak things to make yourself a better company. I learned a lot about myself and where I wanted to go with my goals.”

Douglas Tire & Auto Service was honored in the Parvus category for businesses with 6-20 employees. It’s general manager, Jimmy Oades, said the full-line automotive tire, repair, and service company will hold its designation in high regard.

“We’re very excited and honored and just happy to be honored among all the other businesses that were nominated, Oades said. “We’re very, very happy and very thankful to Lee’s Summit, the Chamber, our employees, our families, and or course, our customers.

“It was pretty interesting because you have to do a lot of introspective type of thinking on it. You have to think pretty hard on why you think you are set apart from your competition. It kind of gives you ideas on how you can be better in ways that you might not have been better. It’s just a lot of, to an extent, soul searching, but soul searching for business purposes.”

Our Lady of the Presentation School took home the top spot in the Magnus category for businesses with more than 20 employees. The honor was well-received by the nearly dozen or so representatives from OLPS present during the ceremony.

“We were just honored to be nominated,” said Jodi Briggs, school principal. “We were excited about that because we are working real hard to be a service to the community here in Lee’s Summit and let people know that Presentation is there. We’ve been very active in the process. We filled out the application…and it was well worth it, definitely. This means a lot to us to know that our community thinks that much of us.”

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