Today, the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Council and GO Topeka’s Women & Minority Business Development program announced the finalists in six award categories for the 40th Annual Small Business Awards.

“These local businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofits have gone above and beyond to provide excellent service in their community,” said Dr. Amber Beckley, chair of the Small Business Council. “Although there will only be one award recipient per category, each of the nominated finalists serve as models in their own recognized categories.”

The award categories and finalists are:

Capital City Business of Distinction - An individual who owns 51 percent of a small business and is responsible for the principal operations of the small business.

Dobski & Associates, Inc.

Jamie Hornbaker Agency, LLC

Red Door Home Store


Emerging Entrepreneur Award - Successful business owner who has been in business one to three years.

Dialogue Coffee House

Paper June

Tender Loving Care Nursing Hotel


Innovation Award - A business or organization recognized for the exemplary use and implementation of innovation and progressive practices that have made a significant improvement for customer, company, community or environment.

Evergy Plaza

Milestone Market

South Wind Shelters and Safe Rooms LLC


Minority-Owned Business of Distinction - A minority-owned business is a business that is at least 51 percent owned and operated by one of the following: Native American, Hispanic/Latino, African American, Asian/Pacific Islander or Subcontinent Asian.

Dare to Dream

G's Cheesecakes and More

Unique Solution Services


Nonprofit Award of Distinction - Must be legally formed as one of the following: 501(c)3, 501(c)4, 501(c)5, 501(c)6.

Capper Foundation

Kansas Children's Service League

Topeka Habitat for Humanity


Women-Owned Business of Distinction - A woman-owned business is a business that is at least 51 percent owned and operated by a female.

Balanced Property Management

Capital Gymnastics & Athletics

TLJ Consulting


“Small businesses make a difference in their communities every day,” said Glenda Washington, SVP of Women & Minority Business Development, GO Topeka. “It is a priority for GO Topeka and the Small Business Council to come together to honor the great work and dedication of these outstanding local businesses, entrepreneurs and establishments.”

This year’s Small Business Awards Luncheon and ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 11 a.m. at the Maner Conference Center, Capitol Plaza Hotel. COVID protocols will be implemented in this event.

 Thank you to Presenting Sponsor Envista, Media Sponsor 13 WIBW and Production Sponsor KTWU

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