BNIM Named KC Chamber’s Small Business of the Year

BNIM has been selected from hundreds of nominations as the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Small Business of the Year.

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce presented BNIM, an award-wining architecture firm, with the The Mr. K Award, named after famed entrepreneur Ewing Kauffman, at the annual Small Business Celebration Awards Luncheon this week. The award is given based on growth, sustainability, community service and employee relations.

BNIM’s team. Photo via Facebook.

Founded in 1970 in Kansas City, BNIM has become a national leader in innovative design while remaining involved in the local and regional community. BNIM’s fingerprints are all over the Kansas City landscape—projects include Crown Center, the Folly Theatre, the Nelson Gallery, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Bancroft School transformation in the Manheim neighborhood, and more, all done while the company changed industry standards

“In 1989, firm leaders and others in Kansas City went to the AIA (American Institute of Architects) and asked them to change the way that we design, so we would have a less negative impact on the environment as a whole, more positive impact on people and, ultimately, a more positive impact on the economies we work within,” CEO Steve McDowell says. The action led to the development of LEED certification, given to green buildings, homes and neighborhoods that meet set standards regarding development and construction processes designed to lessen environmental impact.

At a community level, BNIM takes an active role in helping fellow citizens learn new ways to improve their city and neighborhoods. At an industry level, BNIM staff has a long-standing record of sharing knowledge and skills to advance the profession and offering perks such as paid time off for volunteering, hybrid vehicles available for employee use and regular gatherings that cultivate a culture of camaraderie.

This year’s top 10 finalists for the award were honored along with other award recipients at the luncheon: Curry Real Estate Services, winner of the Legacy of Kansas City award; Whitley Construction Company, LLC, winner of Diverse Small Business of the Year; and ClaimKit, the Aspirational Entrepreneur award recipient.

Get more information about all of the honorees online here.