Join Topeka's Small Business Council and small business community for the 2021 Small Business Awards. From 11:30 am - 1 pm on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel,  The Greater Topeka Partnership will recognize local businesses, a nonprofit agency and an emerging entrepreneur for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the Shawnee County community. You can become part of the process by nominating a business for consideration.

If you would like to attend the event to celebrate the success of small businesses in the community you can purchase your ticket HERE

To nominate a business fill out the electronic form below or download the nomination form here. If you download the nomination form, it can also be faxed to 785.234.8656 or emailed to MaryAnn.Anderson@TopekaPartnership.com. All nominations must be received by 3 p.m., Friday, March 12, 2021.
The Greater Topeka Partnership will contact the business/organization and ask for additional information addressing the specific selection criteria.

2021 Award Finalists

Capital City Business of Distinction
Dobski & Associates, Inc - Tom and Marilyn Dobski
Jamie Hornbaker Agency, LLC - Jamie Hornbaker
Red Door Home Store - Jesse & Stacie Borjon

Minority Owned Business of Distinction
Dare To Dream Event Management - Cheryl Clark
G's Cheesecake and More - George Kearse
Unique Solution Services - Jason Garland

Women Owned Business of Distinction
Balanced Property Management - Grace Brown Mitchell
Capital Gymnastics & Athletics - Triny Beckman and Chambrlyn Gaddy
TLJ Consulting - Tracy Jepson

Non-Profit Award of Distinction
Capper Foundation - Jim Leiker
Kansas Children's Service League - Gail Cozadd
Topeka Habitat for Humanity, Inc - Janice Watkins

Emerging Entrepreneur Award
Dialogue Coffee House - Caitlyn Halsey
Paper June - Angie Grau
Tender Loving Care Pet Nursing Hotel - Leslie A. Fleuranges

Innovation Award
Evergy Plaza - Pat Michaelis
The Milestone Market - Abbey Brown
South Wind Shelters & Safe Rooms, LLC - Matt Cobb

Award Criteria:

LONGEVITY
The company or firm must have been in business a minimum of three successive years under the same ownership. Exception made for Emerging Entrepreneur Award.
GROWTH
The firm should demonstrate growth in employees, sales and business/organization expansion.
IMAGINATION/CREATIVITY
The firm should have demonstrated creativity and imagination in the development of its business, or in its product or service.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
The ownership of the firm should demonstrate initiative to aid the community through the use of personal or financial resources, including examples of involvement of its business, or in product or service.
NOMINEES MUST BE LOCATED IN SHAWNEE COUNTY
For questions, call GO Topeka at 785.231.6000 or email
MaryAnn.Anderson@TopekaPartnership.com.
DEADLINE
All nominations must be received by 3 p.m., Friday, March 12, 2021.

Award Categories:

CAPITAL CITY BUSINESS OF DISTINCTION
A successful company that exhibits strong growth, longevity, and is committed to community involvement.
MINORITY OWNED BUSINESS OF DISTINCTION
A minority-owned business is a business that is at least 51% owned and operated by one of the following: Native American, Hispanic/Latino, African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander or Subcontinent Asian.
WOMEN OWNED BUSINESS OF DISTINCTION
The nominee must be a female who serves as a majority owner (51% or more) and operates or bears principal responsibility for operating a small business.

NONPROFIT AWARD OF DISTINCTION
Must be legally formed as one of the following: 501(c)3, 501(c)4, 501(c)5 or 501(c)6.
EMERGING ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
Successful business owner who has been in business one to three years. Nominee must be aligned with above criteria and must submit two references from either an educator, community service professional or customer.
INNOVATION AWARD
Recognizes a business or organization for the exemplary use and implementation of innovation and progressive practices that have made a significant improvement for customer, company, community or environment.

If you would like to nominate a business, please fill out the form below.

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