Archive for Thursday, May 19, 2005

New business fulfills owner’s 20-year goal

May 19, 2005

Coming from a long-line of self-employed family members, it's been a goal of Basehor-area resident James Smith for the last 20 years to follow in those same footsteps by opening a business of his own.

He's now getting that chance. Smith and his wife, Laura, are the owners and operators of Basehor Awards and Trophies, which is run from a shop outside the couple's home at 18501 153rd Street in Basehor. The business offers customers trophies, plaques, signs, name badges, tool marking and acrylic awards, among numerous other products.

They also offer laser engravings on wood, anodized metal, acrylic, marble and granite. One of the most peculiar items the business offers is tombstones and engravings for deceased family pets.

Smith said the idea for the business hit him when his son was commenting about the poor quality of his Tae Kwon Do medals. Coupled with his desire to be his own boss one day, the idea provided the blueprint for Basehor Awards and Trophies.

"It was just one of those epiphanies -- this was just like a thunderbolt," he said.

The Smiths actually began business last July, but the first year was about "experiencing the learning curve," James said. This year, the Smiths are prepared and braced to turn their business into a full-time winner.

"As the months progressed, we found suppliers and equipment and really got started," Smith said.

Now, Smith, who installed banking equipment for eight years, is trying to get his business out in front of the public.

For more information about Basehor Awards and Trophies, contact either Smith or his wife, Laura, at (913) 724-4500. The couple may also be reached via e-mail at

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