Cunningham receives Business Appreciation Month award

GLEN ELDER – The Kansas Commerce Department uses the month of June for its annual celebration of Kansas businesses and the contributions made to their communities and the state economy.

“Business Appreciation Month gives the Commerce Department the opportunity to show its support, recognition and gratitude for the businesses who work hard to excel in the state of Kansas,” Kansas Commerce Secretary Antonio Soave said. “The 89 businesses that have been selected as winners of the 2016 Business Appreciation Month represent the dedication of Kansas workers, the resounding infrastructure that these businesses are built on and the level of support created by the state of Kansas, for every type of business.”

The businesses were nominated in one of four categories: Manufacturing/ Distribution, Service, Retail and Hospital/Non-Profit.

Five of the Regional Business Excellence Award winners have been named finalists for the Governor’ s Award of Excellence, the top

award given to a business by the state. The Governor’s Award of Excellence winner was announced on June 22, 2016 at the Team Kansas Awards Banquet in Topeka. The five finalists were: CivicPlus, Cunningham Telephone & Cable, KanOkla Networks, RedGuard and Roto-Mix, LLC

“We don’t have nothing to sell but customer service. Let’s get to it.”

Those were the first words to his employees in 1946 when Dean Cunningham purchased the dilapidated telephone exchange in Glen Elder, Kansas. Old aerial lines were strung along anything that would hold them up, including fence posts, the system and service was in dire need of care when it was purchased. Four generations later, Cunningham Telephone & Cable still carries the personal commitment of Dean Cunningham, now to a six county area in North Central Kansas. Serving over 6,000 homes and businesses with telecommunications and broadband services, the company has expanded its reach to help develop some of the most rural parts of Kansas.

Heavily involved in their

local communities, Cunningham Telephone & Cable understands smaller rural communities rely on help from each other. The company donates to many community events and provides extra support to local schools through elementary reading programs, safety books, technology expertise and infrastructure to help schools operate more efficiently in the current budget constraints. Cunningham’ s Helping Hands program allows its customers to give back to the community by bringing in food items for the local food pantries. As a founding member of the Solomon Valley Community Foundation, Cunningham developed new scholarships for the North Central Kansas Technical College. Cunningham believes that continued community partnership and involvement is key to the success of the smaller Kansas communities.

As a key employer in North Central Kansas, Cunningham Telephone & Cable provides a family environment with technology job opportunities that are rare to this area. By partnering with North Central Kansas Technical College through an internship program, the college students and the company both benefit by the additional resources each can provide.

Solomon Valley Economic Development is very proud of Cunningham Telephone and Cable and the amount of time, energy and resources they put back into our communities. It is nice when others in the state recognize what we already know; we have the best people right here! Congratulations to Cunningham Telephone & Cable!




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