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Small Business Awards 2022

Congratulations to all of the Small Business Awards nominees and all of the 2022 Small Business Award Winners!

Check back early 2023 for the 2023 Small Business Awards information!

2022 Award Categories & Winners:
Young Entrepreneur Award- Naly’s Outdoor Co.
Recognizes a business owner, founder or co-founders, between the ages of 18-30, for outstanding business achievement.

Micro Enterprise Award- Blue Jazz Coffee Roasters
Recognizes a business with 5 or fewer employees (including the owners) for outstanding business achievement.

Emerging Innovation Venture Award-  Brew Bank
Recognizes a business for achieving commercialization milestones in bringing an innovative solution or technology to a market.

Women-Owned Small Business Award- Asset Lifecycle
Recognizes a women-owned small business for outstanding business achievement. The business must be at least 51% owned, controlled and managed by one or more women.

Minority-Owned Small Business Award- Harris & Sons Enterprises, Inc.
Recognizes a minority-owned, small business that has attained outstanding business achievement. The business must be at least 51% owned, controlled and managed by one or more individuals of the following ethnic/minority groups: African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian Pacific American.

Veteran-Owned Small Business Award- Anneal Initiative, Inc.
Recognizes a veteran-owned, small business that has attained outstanding  business achievement. The business must be at least 51% owned, controlled, and managed by one or more U.S. veterans.

Small Business Manufacturer Award- Harris Fabrication
Recognizes a business that designs, manufactures, fabricates, assembles, or processes a finished product (including value-added food products)..

Small Business Exporter Award- PlainsCraft 
Recognizes a business for success and dedication to selling products or services internationally.

Top City Small Business of the Year- Tarwater Farm & Home
Recognizes a business for outstanding performance, notable industry or community contributions and representation of Topeka.

Award Criteria:

  • Business staying power, strategies, and vision
  • Growth in number of employees and good employee relations
  • Increase in sales and/or unit volume and assets
  • Innovativeness of product, service, or business model
  • Response to adversity
  • Community engagement and contributions


  • Nominees must be located in Shawnee County
  • Business must have 100 or fewer employees, including the owners/founders
  • Businesses must have been in business for a minimum of two years for Young Entrepreneur, Micro Enterprise, and Emerging Innovation Venture Award and at least three years for the other categories
  • Businesses must be for profit entities

For questions:
Call 785.246.6127 or email



Thank you to our Small Business Awards Sponsors:

Program & Media Sponsors:


Table Sponsors:

                               Security Benefit

                               Schendel Lawn & Landscape

                                Fidelity State Bank & Trust


                                Washburn University/Tech

                                Kaw Valley Bank

                                CoreFirst Bank & Trust

                                Azura Credit Union

                                PTMW, Inc.

                                Silver Lake Bank

                                Endeavor Private Wealth

                                U.S. Bank

                                Bob’s Janitorial