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Topeka, KS — GO Topeka is excited to announce 23 local businesses have been named finalists for recognition at Topeka and Shawnee County’s 41st annual Small Business Awards.


The 2022 Small Business Awards, which are being put on by GO Topeka and the Greater Topeka Partnership, will be held Tuesday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Townsite Avenue Ballroom, with lunch being served. At the awards ceremony, attendees will hear from community leaders about the impact and successes of the capital city’s thriving small-business community.


They will also learn which of those 23 finalists were selected to receive an award in one of nine award categories: Young Entrepreneur Award, Micro Enterprise Award, Emerging Innovation Venture Award, Women-Owned Small Business Award, Minority-Owned Small Business Award, Veteran-Owned Small Business Award, Small Business Manufacturer Award, Small Business Exporter Award, and Top City Small Business of the Year.


“It was tough for the selection committee to narrow nominations down to the finalists, as we had such a large and varied collection of impressive small businesses being considered!” said Laurie Pieper, vice president of entrepreneurship and small business for GO Topeka. “The finalists were selected from those  Topeka and Shawnee County businesses nominated for demonstrating  excellence in their performance, staying power, vision and contributions to our community; and we’re thrilled to be able to recognize them. We hope community members will consider turning out for the awards ceremony to celebrate these accomplished small businesses.”


The following companies have been chosen as finalists for this year’s Small Business Awards:


Tickets for the 41st annual Small Business Awards may be purchased here. To be eligible for an award, small businesses had to be located within Shawnee County and have 100 or fewer employees, including the owner(s). Evaluation included review of each business’ vision, staying power, growth in sales and employees, innovativeness, response to adversity and community engagement.


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About GO Topeka

GO Topeka creates county-wide economic success for all companies and citizens through implementation of an aggressive economic-development strategy that capitalizes on the unique strengths of the community. GO Topeka operates under the Greater Topeka Partnership and is the leading economic development agency in the area. For more, visit