Small Business Awards


36th Annual Small Business Awards Ceremony


2016 Small Business Nominees

Emerging Entrepreneur of Distinction:

Ash Boutique
Casa del Sabor
MotoVike Films- 2016 Award winner 

MotoVike Films was founded out of demand for Josiah Engstrom’s cinematography work. The firm has four employees and specializes in creating an emotional appeal that drives action.  The creative business has discovered ways to deliver service to more budget-conscious clients by introducing MotoTrike Films, a streamlined operation that allows businesses access to high-quality cinematography at a lesser cost.

The company recently completed innovative films for the State Library of Kansas, which focused on the impact libraries have on their communities through the story of a student, and for the 190th Air Refueling Wing, which used visuals created with today’s tools and audio from the past.


Non-profit Award of Distinction:

CASA of Shawnee County - 2016 Award winner
SLI (formerly Sheltered Living, Inc.)

CASA of Shawnee County, Inc., was incorporated in November 1986. It employs nine paid staff, 80 certified volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children and 20 volunteers who serve on multiple committees for fundraising events. Since its inception, CASA volunteers have advocated for more than 3,300 abused and neglected children in Shawnee County.

The agency is the only one in the community that provides volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court system. By participating in multidisciplinary team meetings with partner agencies involving local court, school and social service professionals, the organization complements other community efforts by eliminating duplication of existing services.


Minority and Women Business of Distinction:

Express Employment Professionals
Juli's Coffee & Bistro
Reliant Apparel, LLC- 2016 Award winner

Reliant Apparel, LLC
, is a custom apparel, screen-printing and embroidery business located in downtown Topeka. The business began as a home-based business with the primary focus to print items for touring musicians. After 18 months, the business had grown enough to move to 728 S Kansas Ave. in 2011. The business employs 10 people.

Reliant prides itself on its creativity, providing timely support for the Mars pop-up shop and supplying its clients with high-quality but lower-cost products made with an innovative process called index separation print.


Capital City Business of Distinction:

Clayton Financial Services, Inc. - 2016 Award winner
HTK Architects
Big O Tires

Clayton Financial Services, Inc., has been in business and under the same management for more than 30 years. CFSI is the oldest and largest independent investment management and financial advisory firm in northeast Kansas.  It attributes its growth to being responsive to clients’ needs.

CFSI is compensated by fees paid by clients and doesn’t receive commissions based upon its advice or recommended investments. The firm has a robust financial planning division with analysis provided by certified financial planners. In 1984, when the firm was incorporated, there were two full-time employees in addition to the owners, Debra and Randy Clayton. Today there are 12 full-time employees in addition to the owners and $400 million in assets under management.


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
Cashmere Popcorn
Central Research
Char's Flowers
Coldwell Banker Griffith & Blair
ColorWorks Paint & Supply
Community National Bank
Contract Design Group, Inc.
Creative Productions
Cushinberry Refuse Collection
Dog Day Afternoon
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)
Great Life Golf and Fitness
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
Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc.
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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