Gov. Jay Nixon and Department of Economic Development Director Mike Downing today recognized outstanding leaders in business, community engagement and economic development at the 2016 Governor’s Conference on Economic Development in Kansas City.
The recipient of the Governor’s Minority or Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year Award was J.M. Neil & Associates, Kansas City. Owned by Colleen Ellis, daughter of founder JoAnn Mina, JMN is a certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE) through both the Women Business Enterprise National Council and the National Women Business Owners Corporation, and has been honored among the “Best Companies to Work for” by Ingram’s Magazine. Under Ellis’ leadership, JMN has evolved into a national leader in providing staffing and recruiting services for commercial clients and government entities. It was the first agency in the Midwest to be awarded a General Services Administration’s Multiple Award Schedule contract, which permits the company to provide temporary workers for any federal government agency. Today, JMN has added new-age staffing options in areas including aeronautics, avionics, telecommunications and information technology to aggressively expand its market focus based on the latest trends and technologies.