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The Greater Topeka Partnership and GO Topeka are pleased to announced that the private donations raised through the HOST Relief Program were delivered this week to 23 additional Shawnee County small businesses; this represents $83,000 in new relief distribution. To date, a total of 99 small businesses have received HOST Relief funding. HOST, or Helping Others Support Topeka, was created to provide emergency funding for local businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, $655,000 in private HOST Relief donations have been raised to purchase gift cards from local businesses; $388,000 of these funds have been distributed to over 1,300 furloughed workers in Shawnee County

“This funding is not just a drop in the bucket,” said Glenda Washington, senior vice president of Women & Minority Business Development, GO Topeka. “In many cases, small businesses are relying on any form of relief they can acquire to make ends meet. We may not be out of the woods yet, but with efforts like HOST GO Topeka and the Partnership will endeavor to provide continued support to the small businesses in our community.”

Additional recipients will be announced in the weeks to come. 


The businesses that received private donations this week are:


A-Hann Thai

Aura Salon

Cashmere Popcorn

Affinity Hair & Nails

Create Hair Studio

Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Jason's Deli

Laser Trooper Laser Tag

Luis' Place

Norseman Brewing Co.


Rebound Physical Therapy

Senior Burrito

Sharp Honda

Sheridan's Frozen Custard

Silver Lake Chinese Restaurant

The Dugout

The Landing

Topeka Pizza

Village Cleaners


World Cup Coffee & Crepes

Zoila's Cafe


HOST Relief Program Donors:

Alma Creamery

Capital City Oil

Capitol Strategies (John and Michelle Peterson)

Capitol Federal

Creative One

David and Danielle Byers

Don and Nancy Daniels

Eaton Roofing

Ed Eller Inc.

Eric and Maggie Hunsicker

Edward Jones Associates of Shawnee County


Federal Home Loan Bank

Gary and Carol Hunsicker

Gary Woodland

Innovation Design Group

John Peterson

Jared and Lisa Anderson

Kansas City Life

Kansas Financial Resources

Kansas Secured Title

Kevin and Nancy Alexander

Lance Sparks Trust

Magellan Financial

Mark and Aron Krueger

Mark and Lisa Heitz

Mark and Sandy Ruelle

Market Synergy

MCP Build


Mike and Gina Miller

The Nellis Family

Schendel Lawn and Landscape

Security Benefit Group

Silver Lake Bank

TBS Electronics

Vaerus Aviation

Vision Bank


About HOST Relief Program

The HOST Relief Program is a small business emergency resource fund that was developed by private sector leaders and is being facilitated by GO Topeka and the Greater Topeka Partnership.

On April 1, the Joint Economic Development Organization (JEDO) approved $1 million in additional grants to provide support to small businesses through the HOST Relief Program. Small businesses will be eligible to receive up to $5,000 in grant money through this program.  These grants will be used to complement the private HOST Relief donations.

Applications for the HOST Relief Program may be found at or by calling 785.246.6246 (English) or 785.246.6227 (Spanish).


About GO Topeka

GO Topeka creates opportunities for economic growth that provide a thriving business climate and fulfilling lifestyle for Topeka and Shawnee County. GO Topeka operates under the Greater Topeka Partnership, the leading economic development agency in the region.  


About Greater Topeka Partnership

The Greater Topeka Partnership serves as the collaborative agency of eight distinct efforts that support the enhancement of economic development and quality of life in Topeka and Shawnee County. They include:


Greater Topeka Chamber
GO Topeka
712 Innovations 
Momentum 2022 

Downtown Topeka, Inc
Visit Topeka, Inc.
Women and Minority Business Development
Forge Young Professionals


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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Bob Ross at


If you have questions regarding small business support, or what aid is available to you, you may call the following:


English – 785.246.6246 


Spanish – 785.246.6227