Small Business Awards


35th Annual Small Business Awards Ceremony


2015 Small Business Nominees

Emerging Entrepreneur of Distinction:

Cashmere Popcorn, Bill and Angela Anderson, owners- 2015 Award winner 

Cashmere Popcorn LLC began in February 2013. Originally Bill and Angie Anderson’s goal was to create a high-quality handcrafted popcorn as a local fundraising option for schools, small groups and organizations. They started in their kitchen, quickly moved to their basement and eventually rented production and storage space at a local incubator kitchen.

In November 2014, they moved into their new space at 1003 SE Quincy, which allowed them to open what they thought would be a small pop-up holiday store. They are now open Thursday 10–3, Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-3. They hope that Cashmere will soon be known for the gourmet popcorn that is Popped, Flavored and Savored in Topeka, Kansas.  


Non-profit Award of Distinction:

Community Resource Council, G R Laughlin
Family Service & Guidance Center of Topeka, Brenda S. Mills
Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc., Terry Leatherman,  - 2015 Award winner

Housing and Credit Counseling  (HCCI) assists the community by helping consumers achieve housing and financial goals as well as resolve related difficulties with dignity. Founded in 1972, HCCI is a growing, thriving nonprofit that provides highly acclaimed tenant and landlord, homeownership and credit counseling services. One-on-one counseling is available by phone, in-person or online from HCCI offices in Topeka, Lawrence, Manhattan and Emporia. Education programs are offered in schools, for community groups and in partnership with a wide variety of homeless and employment programs. 

More than 10,000 Kansans are served annually. New initiatives include establishing a prototype Rural First-time Homebuyer Counseling  and Training Program, a pilot program called “Strategies for Success” for Topeka Rescue Mission guests and the Homeless to Housed Program in Lawrence. HCCI developed and hosts the annual HCCI Great Topeka Bed Race on St. Patrick’s Day in collaboration with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.   


Minority and Women Business of Distinction:

Beckley Chiropractic Clinic, Dr. Amber Beckley, owner
Dog Day Afternoon, Julie Castaneda, owner- 2015 Award winner
Westside Stamp & Awards, Inc., Barbara Butts, owner

Dog Day Afternoon was established as a home-based business in 1997 by Julie Castaneda.  In early 1999, Julie and her husband, Phil, decided to move their tiny operation into a location in which they could expand and grow. In March of that same year, Julie leased a 5,000 sq. ft. warehouse in downtown Topeka.  She outgrew that location in less than a year, averaging 40 dogs per day and employing two full-time staff. In March 2000, DDA moved into its current Tenth  Street location in southwest Topeka.  During the last 15 years, Julie has grown the business to employ a staff of 25 individuals and the business now averages more than  125 dogs per day. New construction has begun on a 9,000 sq. ft. barn to accommodate the current occupancy.

On April 1, 2015, DDA opened a second location on Highway 24 in North Topeka. 

Julie works closely with local organizations that provide shelter and other assistance to struggling members of the Topeka Shawnee County community.  Agencies like YWCA Center for Safety & Empowerment, Topeka Rescue Mission, Valeo and the VA Hospital call on DDA to provide boarding and veterinary care for pets that belong to clients seeking assistance with personal crises.  


Capital City Business of Distinction:

Century Business Technologies, Dawna McCabe
Great Life Golf and Fitness, Rick and Linda Farrant- 2015 Award winner
Stevenson Company, Inc., Joseph Pennington

The mission of GreatLife is to “enrich the lives of families and individuals through golf and fitness.”  GreatLife Golf & Fitness was established in 1985 under the name of J.J. & J., Inc. , beginning with the Lake Perry Country Club. The initial vision of the company was to operate golf courses that provided great golf at affordable rates. 

Since that time, GreatLife has added 32 additional golf courses and fitness centers in Kansas, Missouri and South Dakota.  It also established the Topeka Sod Farm, which was initially begun to assist GreatLife with improvements to its golf courses.  The sod farm has expanded to 300 plus acres and provides sod to golf courses, churches, sporting facilities and landscape companies all over northeast Kansas.  The most recent addition to GreatLife is Safari Golf in Topeka.  It features a driving range, miniature golf and batting cages and foot golf to the nine-hole par three golf course.


Join us in congratulating these fine area businesses!


Past Small Business Award Winners

Admark, Inc.
Architect One, P.A.
J. M. Bauersfeld's
Behne & Company CPA's
Benchmark Security Corporation
BioCore, Inc.
Blackburn Nursery & Lawn Service
Bobo's Drive-Ins
Boss Hawg's Barbeque & Catering
Bowser-Johnson Funeral Chapel
Braunsdorf, Carlson & Clinkinbeard
Briman's Jewelers
Bryan World Tours
CJS Industries, Inc.
C. L. Canfield Constructors, Inc.
Capital City Bank
Capital City Moving & Storage Inc.
Capital Graphics, Inc.
Capitol City Oil
Cardinal Building Services, Inc.
Carnival Guy Party Rentals
Carousel Gifts
Central Research
Char's Flowers
Coldwell Banker Griffith & Blair
ColorWorks Paint & Supply
Community National Bank
Contract Design Group, Inc.
Creative Productions
Cushinberry Refuse Collection
Dunhill Personnel of Topeka
Dynamic Computer Solutions of
Topeka, Inc.
Educational Credit Union
Engroff Catering
ERC Resource & Referral
Fairlawn Plaza Shopping Center
Fisher's Fixtures
Flesher Corporation
The Flower Gallery
FryeAllen, Inc.
Gage Bowls
Gardner Floor Covering
Garrett & Associates (McDonald's)
Gregg Tire
Hall Directory, Inc.
Hall Publications
Carol Hamilton's Catering
Hawkins Optical Laboratory
HDB Construction, Inc.
Heartland Park Topeka
Hillmer's Luggage, Leather & Gifts
Hinkle/Frye/Scannell Advertising
John Hoffer Chrysler Plymouth
i Natural Cosmetics
Jayhawk File Express
Jones Seel Huyett, Inc.
Jones Advisory Group


JQ Historic Properties
KS Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc.
KTKA-TV News Source 49
KTPK-FM Radio Twister 106.9
Kansas Blood Services
Kansas Building Systems
Karlan's Furniture
Kiene & Bradley Design Group
King Travel Service, Inc.
Knoll Patient Supply, Inc.
L&J Building Maintenance, LLC
La Siesta Foods
Lifelong Pet Health Care (formerly South City Animal Hospital)
Lower Plbg, Heating & Air Conditioning
MB Piland Fat Free Advertising
M-C Industries, Inc.
Midland Care Connection
Midway Wholesale
Midwest Coating Inc.
Midwest Health Services, Inc.
Midwest Machine Works, Inc.
Mize Houser & Company
Mobilefone of Kansas
Neon Tube Light
Bud Newell & Associates, Inc.
Ken Orr & Associates
Palace Plaza
Pepsi-Cola Bottling
PTMW, Inc.
PT's Coffee Roasting Co.
C. W. Porubsky's
Prudential Greater Topeka Realtors
Reliable Car Shop
Rosemary Garden Florists
Rosie's Show-Off
S/S Builders, Inc.
Schmidtlein Excavating, Inc.
Schwerdt Design Group, Inc.
Scotch Fabric Care Services
Senne Company Inc.
Seven-Up Bottling
Silver Lake Bank
Six Auto Sales and Service
Smith Audio Visual, Inc.
Super D Drugs
TARC, Inc.
Topeka Harley Davidson Motorcycles
Topeka Metal Specialties, Inc.
Topeka Savings Association
T.R.E.A.L. Fashions
Harry Turner & Associates
Wheatland Property Management
Wolfe's Cameras


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