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Certified LGBTQ Business Enterprise, Ronawk, nominated for the Coolest Thing Made in Kansas

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The Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce congratulates Ronawk on their nomination for the third year for  The Coolest Thing Made in Kansas.  Ronawk was notified that its Bio-Block technology was scored well by a panel of judges and is now competing in the Final Four for the Coolest Innovation in Kansas. Ronawk's co-founded and owner Dr. A.J. Mellott stated, "We are thrilled and honored to be a contender. Wish us luck, as we present and compete to make Bio-Blocks the Coolest Innovation in Kansas."

The contest to determine the coolest thing made in Kansas began with forty nominated products.  Contestants were reduced to seventeen in the first round of judging and four in the remaining round.  The final round will be held on October 12th where the four finalists will make an in-person presentation about their innovative product.   The panel of six judges will make select the winning product based on criteria that include how well the product overcomes the challenge it was designed to solve, and its impact on the business, its employees, and its community.

Suzanne Wheeler, Mid-America LGBT Chamber Executive Director shared, "We couldn't be more proud of the Ronawk team.   Their innovation and dedication to the improvement of their industry and community are changing the world for the better.  They are an outstanding example of the impact that certified LGBTQ Business Enterprises make our economy and society."

About Ronawk

Ronawk LLC is a Kansas company founded with the goal of providing transformative technologies for the stem cell industry. We focus on enabling rapid, 3D production of patient-specific stem cells at a fraction of the cost of other methods. Ronawk works directly with scientists and industry to create solutions for their patient-specific therapeutics. Moving cell culture from 2D to 3D improves cell health, and cell production while reducing contamination risks and maintenance. Ronawk’s technology has multiple uses across tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, cellular therapy, biomanufacturing, diagnostic development, vaccines, cancer, and medical devices. To learn more, visit

About the LGBTQ Business Enterprise (LGBTQBE) Certification

The Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) on the LGBTQ Business Enterprise (LGBTQBE®) certification program. NGLCC is the nation's only third-party certification body that verifies that eligible businesses are majority-owned by LGBTQ individuals, and subsequently grants the LGBTBE® designation. Application fees for LGBTQ certification are waived for members of the Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

By becoming a certified LGBTBE, business owners are able to build relationships with America’s leading corporations, generate prospective business and clients, and collectively team with each other for contracting opportunities. Certified LGBTBEs are routinely sought after by  Chamber and NGLCC corporate partners who are looking to increase their purchasing within diverse communities.

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For all general and media inquiries, please contact the office of the Executive Director of the Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

Suzanne Wheeler (She/Her/Hers)

Suzanne Wheeler
Executive Director

Call:   (816) 474-3558
Mail:   P.O. Box 5961, Kansas City, Missouri 65171

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