Ingram’s 50 Kansans You Should Know in 2018

Ingram’s is a business publication in Missouri and Kansas that annually highlights “50 Kansans You Should Know”. While these individuals are diverse they share values that allow them to better impact their communities, state, and on some levels, even their country. The Partnership is proud of Michelle Cuevas-Stubblefield with Downtown Topeka, Inc for her contributions to our city, MANA de Topeka, and The Partnership’s holistic economic development strategy #Momentum2022. “In 2004, Michelle Cuevas-Stubblefield helped found MANA de Topeka, a local Latina Leadership Organization. To date, it has distributed more than $45,000 in scholarships to young Latino women pursuing higher education. The MANA conference in Topeka is comparatively huge, almost the… Read More

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New Members for the Week of May 14 -18

Rusty Haggles Antiques                                         Jean and Hal Gardner have held a shared interest in antiques since they married 25 years ago. In 2012, the couple turned their passion into a business venture with Rusty Haggles Antiques. Located in the heart of NOTO Arts District, Rusty Haggles’ vision is to to create a unique extended family of artists, antique/vintage dealers and consignors to complement North Topeka. This unique antiquities outlet sells decorative pieces, collectibles and quality antiques – specializing in vintage technology, which includes typewriters, instruments, projectors, cameras, sewing machines and more. Additionally, the store can… Read More

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Congratulations to the Small Business Awards Winners

Each year, the Greater Topeka Partnership recognizes local businesses of distinction and one small business advocate. We’re proud of all of the finalists for helping make our community a vibrant, attractive space for current and future Topekans. We also want to congratulate the following businesses: Emerging Entrepreneur of Distinction Happy Basset Brewing Company Non-Profit Award of Distinction Let’s Help, Inc. Minority Business of Distinction  Bowser Johnson Funeral Chapel Women Business of Distinction  Century Business Technologies, Inc. Small Business Advocate TK Topeka’s Business Magazine Capital City Business of Distinction  Schendel Lawn and Landscape     The Greater Topeka Partnership would also like to thank our sponsors for the 38th Small Business… Read More

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Celebrate MORE Small Business Award Finalists in Topeka During National Economic Development Week

Celebrating Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs in Topeka To celebrate the small businesses and entrepreneurs in Topeka, the Greater Topeka Partnership hosts the Small Business Awards luncheon to honor finalists in six different categories. In this blog, we’ll highlight finalists for Small Business Advocate, Non-profit Award of Distinction and Emerging Entrepreneur of Distinction. Missed the first blog? Catch up here!   Small Business Advocate This category is for an individual or organization that assist entrepreneurs through advocacy, technical assistance to small businesses, supports the development of entrepreneurs, or raises the awareness about the importance of small businesses to the community. Azura Credit Union Jennifer Kirmse, 610 SW 10th Ave., 228-5370 Azura Credit Union’s efforts are… Read More

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Celebrate Small Business Award Finalists in Topeka During National Economic Development Week

Small Business Awards Small business is the driving force behind new products, innovation, and job creation and continues to make a tremendous impact on the economy. To celebrate the small businesses and entrepreneurs in Topeka, the Greater Topeka Partnership hosts the Small Business Awards luncheon to honor finalists in six different categories. In the first of two blogs, we’ll highlight finalists for Capital City Business of Distinction, Minority Business of Distinction and Women Business of Distinction.   Capital City Business of Distinction This category is for individuals who own 51% of a small business and are responsible for the principal operations of the small business.   Porterfield’s Inc. David Porterfield,… Read More

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May 8, 2018 Legislative Update

Legislature Adjourns The House and Senate formally adjourned the 2018 legislative session on Friday, May 4 after passing a final budget and nixing a proposed tax cut.   Budget Last Thursday, the House and then the Senate passed by substantial margins the final budget bill which sets forth spending for the rest of the current fiscal year and next year. The budget bill calls for roughly $6.7 billion in state general fund spending this year and $7 million for Fiscal Year 2019. The budget restores roughly $15 million in cuts to higher education and will provide raises to an estimated 13,000 state workers. It also reduces the amount to be… Read More

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Topeka celebrates National Economic Development Week

Topeka is joining cities nationwide to increase awareness of jobs and career development programs that enhance local economic impact by participating in 2018 National Economic Development Week! Economic Development is defined by IEDC as a set of programs and policies that aid in the creation, retention and expansion of jobs; the development of a stable tax base; and the enhancement of wealth. GO Topeka knows that this is at the core of well-being and quality of life for our community. That’s why we’re excited about projects like the East Topeka Learning Center and provide incentives to help companies create new jobs, provide job training and assistance with infrastructure.  #EconDevWeek was created and is… Read More

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New Members for the Week of 4/30 – 5/4

4 Evergreen Kansas LLC “I wanted to use an eco-friendly product that would reduce water consumption, help eliminate the need for fertilizers and chemicals that can be harmful to birds and animals.  A product that is lead free and a safe for kids to play ground.” – Steve Workman, owner of 4 Evergreen Kansas  Having trouble filling in those bare spots on the lawn? Is the dog constantly tearing up the lawn? Contact Steve Workman at 4 Evergreen Kansas and eliminate those landscaping hassles once and for all! 4 Evergreen Kansas has worked together with area lawn and landscape companies to help design and supply synthetic grass that will enhance… Read More

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Leadership Greater Topeka Hosts Tour & Toast

Just because you graduated doesn’t mean the good times are over! Join your fellow Leadership Greater Topeka grads for the Alumni Tour & Toast, May 10. Part one is the tour at 4:30 p.m. The group will get the chance to learn about Architect One and tour the progress that has been made at the Cyrus Hotel. Warning there will be several flights of stairs to conquer before the tour is through. Part two is a networking social at The Pennant at 6 p.m. Toast to your fellow alumni!  PART ONE: TOUR – 4:30 to 6 PM Learn about Architect One and take a TOUR of the progress made at… Read More

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Kansas Commercial to Host DTI After Hours

DTI Wants to Know – Have you gotten downtown this week? Join the downtown business community for DTI After Hours at Kansas Commercial Real Estate on May 10, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Kansas Commercial has led the way in commercial real estate for over 20 years and continues to be a fixture in the Downtown Topeka business landscape. This event is a great opportunity to expand your network and learn more about this local real estate agency. Refreshments will be provided. You’ll forge a stronger network of people and more meaningful connections right here in Downtown Topeka. Would your business be interested in hosting a monthly DTI After Hours? Contact… Read More

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