BAXTER SPRINGS - The Cherokee County Economic Development Corporation has set its annual Recognition Breakfast for Wednesday, May 2, from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Baxter Springs Golf & Country Club. The event will feature recognition of businesses and organizations for their contributions to Cherokee County.

Nominations are being sought for the following four categories:

 Hall of Fame Award – This award recognizes a business that has provided years of unselfish service to Cherokee County. The 2017 recipient of the Hall of Fame Award was Crossland Construction Company, Inc.

 Business Growth Award – The Business Growth Award recognizes a Cherokee County business that has experienced significant growth. Farmers Cooperative Association received this award in 2017.

 Rising Star Award – This award recognizes a promising young business in Cherokee County. The 2017 Rising Star Award was presented to Manzer Family Medicine

 Community Impact Award – The Community Impact Award recognizes a business or organization that has positively influenced the quality of life in Cherokee County. The Columbus Technical Campus of Coffeyville Community College received the award in 2017.

To make a nomination, please complete an award nomination form. The nomination form is available at or by contacting Janet Miller at 620-762-0717.

Completed nomination forms may be emailed to, mailed to the Economic Development Corporation at P.O. Box 432, Columbus, KS 66725, or dropped off in person at the Economic Development Office, 201 E. Pine, Columbus.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 6. Additional information on the Recognition Breakfast including details on how to purchase tickets will be available soon. Contact Economic Development Director Janet Miller at 620-762-0717 with questions.