Small Business Awards
Topeka Community the Real Winner During This Year's Small Business Annual Awards.
(Wednesday, May 16, 2012) Four local businesses were recognized as winners in their category at the 2012 Small Businesses Awards Luncheon held today in the Washburn Memorial Union. The Small Business Awards event is presented annually by the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, GO Topeka Economic Partnership.
Doug Kinsinger, president/ceo of the Greater Topeka Chamber/Go Topeka who welcomed the 260 attendees, and challenged them to do their part. “Please enjoy today’s celebration and do your part to shop small business or volunteer with a non-profit not just for a day, but year around.”
“The celebration paid tribute to those businesses and organizations that are the core of what makes Topeka and Shawnee County our capital city. Our community is the real champion, together the twelve finalists generate 297 jobs. They give our great city its character and make it livable, memorable and profitable,” said Cyndi Hermocillo-Legg, GO Topeka’s vice president, entrepreneurial and minority business development.
Steve Kelly, deputy secretary for business development for the Kansas Department of Commerce stated, “We applaud the Greater Topeka Chamber/GO Topeka’s effort to provide a small business component in their economic development model through their Entrepreneurial & Minority Business Development Department. They are rich in resources to help elevate the small business through their entrepreneurial courses, lending tools and connectivity opportunities.”
The 2012 winners were:
- Emerging Entrepreneur of Distinction:
ShopGracieb.com - Grace Brown-Mitchell – owner/operator
- Non-profit Award of Distinction:
TARC, Inc., chief executive officer – Eileen Doran
- Minority and Women Business of Distinction:
Color Works Paint & Supply, Diana Swafford- owner/operator
- Capital City Business of Distinction:
Educational Credit Union, president/ceo –Greg Winkler
Sponsors for the Small Business Awards Luncheon include:
- Platinum—Kennedy and Coe,
- Media—WIBW Channels
- Gold—Schwerdt Design Group
- Silver—Bimbo Bakeries USA; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Century Health Solutions, Core First Bank & Trust, Jayhawk File Express, PTMW, Inc.
- Bronze—Griffith & Blair American Home Service, Lower Heating & Air Conditioning and Parrish Hotel Corporation.