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Small Business Awards

2017 Small Business Awards

On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, GO Topeka and the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce recognized local businesses, a nonprofit agency and a small business advocate for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the Shawnee County Community.

Secretary Antonio Soave, Kansas Department of Commerce, was the keynote speaker. Congratulations to our finalists. The businesses listed in bold were the winner in each category.

  • Emerging Entrepreneur of Distinction – Successful business owner who has been in business one to two years.
    • Crescent Foundry, LLC dba The Foundry
    • Norsemen Brewing Company
    • Shana Cakes, LLC
  • 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.
    • Boys and Girls Club of Topeka
    • Topeka Rescue Mission, Inc.
    • YWCA of NE Kansas
  • Minority and Women Owned Business of Distinction – A minority-owned business is a business that is at least 51% 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% owned and operated by a female.
    • Finding My Way Books
    • Prairie Glass Studio
    • Oasis Family Medicine Associates, LLC
  • Capital City Business of Distinction – An individual who owns 51% of a small business and is responsible for the principal operations of the small business
    • Envista Credit Union
    • HME, Inc. – Haas Metal Engineering
    • Sprout Communication, LLC
  • Small Business Advocate – Provides technical assistance to small businesses, supports the development of entrepreneurs or raises the awareness about the importance of small businesses to the community.
    • Create Uplift, LLC
    • Jenny Torrence – Owner, Serendipity, Pinkadilly, NOTO Burrito
    • TK Business Magazine, Inc.

To read the full release on the winners, click here.


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