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Finalists for Small Business Awards Announced

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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 13, 2016                                 

GO Topeka
Glenda Washington, vice president entrepreneurial & minority business development, 785.234.2644

Topeka Chamber
Kim Gronniger, vice president marketing 785.234.2644

TOPEKA, Kan., April 13, 2016: Finalists in the four categories have been selected for the 2016 Small Business Awards sponsored by GO Topeka and the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce.

The Small Business Awards Luncheon will be Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from noon – 1:30pm at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, Maner Conference Center. Tickets are $30 and available online at or you can purchase them by calling 785.231.6000.

This is the 36th year of recognizing small businesses in Shawnee County. The categories and finalists include:

Emerging Entrepreneur of Distinction – Successful business owner who has been in business one to two years.

  • Ash Boutique
  • Casa del Sabor
  • Motovike Films

Non-Profit Award of Distinction – Must be legally formed as one of the following: 501(c)3, 501(c)4, 501(c)5, 501(c)6.

  • CASA of Shawnee County
  • Harvesters
  • SLI (formerly Sheltered Living, Inc.)

Minority and Women Owned Business of Distinction – A minority-owned business is a business that is at least 51 percent owned and operated by one of the following: Native American, Hispanic/Latino, African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander or Subcontinent Asian. A woman-owned business is a business that is at least 51 percent owned and operated by a female.

  • Express Employment Professionals
  • Juli’s Coffee & Bistro
  • Reliant Apparel, LLC

Capital City Business of Distinction – An individual who owns 51 percent of a small business and is responsible for the principal operations of the small business.

  • Clayton Financial Services, Inc.
  • HTK Architects
  • Big O Tires


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