Minorities In Business recognizes two business owners at banquet

L to R: H. Wes Pratt and Carl Davis

Springfield, MO— There were close to 200 people in attendance at the 9th Annual Minorities In Business Heritage Award Banquet, April 11, 2019. The annual event was held at the Doubletree Hotel where two entrepreneurs were honored. Each year MIB recognizes two minority owned businesses that have made outstanding progress in the business community.
Carl Davis who was awarded the Small Business of the Year, owns Advanced Lawncare and Fertilizer, Bo’s Black Angus and buys and sells farms. Between his three businesses, Carl currently has 25 employees, 6 subcontractors and over 1,000 customer accounts. Honesty and Integrity are the success principles Carl Davis uses to grow his business. He teaches, “Always take the high road when dealing with employees, customers and your suppliers.”
The Young Entrepreneur Award went to Nick Cunningham. Cunningham owns Nick Cunningham, LLC where he buys houses to remodel and resell, or he will buy a house, remodel it and keep it in his rental portfolio. Nick’s life philosophy is, “your best is a moving target, …your best today isn’t necessarily your best tomorrow, I am always striving to improve.” He also uses the quote, “Failure is an opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.”
“Minorities In Business started in 2009 and provides monthly programs that share information about business opportunities and business education for entrepreneurs and area professionals. These monthly programs are open to all guests who are thinking about opening a business or individuals looking to network with business owners with a particular product or service.” said Samuel Knox, MIB Executive Director. Minorities In Business is a business association who’s
mission is promoting economic development and business opportunities through advocacy, networking and capacity building for minority owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Their goal is to help connect historically underrepresented groups with the tools they need to grow, thrive
and compete more effectively in today’s market place.