Since May 1, GO Topeka has distributed $250,000 in public grants to 74 Shawnee County small businesses through the HOST Relief Program. Each grant recipient received as much as $5,000 in aid. In April, $1 million in grants were approved by the Joint Economic Development Organization (JEDO) to provide additional small business support through the HOST Relief Program.

“These funds were able to let us pay our rent for March and April,” said Kelly Heston, grant recipient and co-owner of Gladiator Fighting Association/Heston's Gladiator Academy. “This was very much appreciated.”

“We encourage all of our local small businesses to apply for these grants,” said Glenda Washington, senior vice president of Women & Minority Business Development, a program of GO Topeka. “We’re still a quarter of the way through this grant program and we want all small businesses, from our local daycares to our neighborhood restaurants, to be able to access the relief available to them.”

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

Additional recipients will be announced in the weeks to come.

Small Business Grant recipients include:
ASAP LLC/Best Western
Barbara's Electrology & European Facials
Body Paradise
Boudeman Family Motors
BriJoRae' Productions, LLC
BrynK salon & color bar
Camo Cross Dog Training
Carpet Cleaners Deluxe LLC
Cashmere Popcorn
CD Tradepost, Inc
Chez Yasu
Chinells by Ariel
Chris Foster Automotive
Cortez Transportation Company, Inc.
Create Uplift LLC
Derek Rowe
Donaldson’s Jewelers
DW Entertainment
EL Chilar Mexican Restaurant
Fat Back Brewing Associates, Inc. dba Norsemen Brewing Company
Front Door Catering LLC
Function Flatables
Gladiator Fighting Association/Heston's Gladiator Academy
Hillside Medical Transportation LLC
Huscarl Hobbies and Games
Laser Trooper
Leaping Llamas Artisan Shop LLC
NOTO Escapes
Oz Imaging LLC
Padron Automotive LLC
Pizza Time
Plaza Inn
Prairie Glass
Shawnee Building Maintenance
Sky's the Limit Mobile Gaming, LLC
Speedy's Service and Sales LLC
Stillpoint Massage & Bodywork Studio
Sunsations Tanning Salon LLC
T.H.Carpets Inc.
Taco Casa
The Pink Suitcase
Total Fitness Body Zone
Midwest Distribution
Woodward Inns
Advantage Business Forms, Inc.
Affinity hair and nail salon
Automation Controls, Inc.
Bella Salon and Day Spa
Best Little Hair House In Kansas
Bloomerang Studios
Brew Bank
Cambridge Kitchen & Bath
CGs Lounge
CiCis Pizza
Dee and Me Hobbies
Diamond Gloves Catering LLC DBA 45th Street
Diner 24 LLC
GoBlue - Printing and Apparel
Hanover Pancake House
Chic A Dee Café
Happy Basset Brewing Company
Health E Hair
Kamarie's Beauties
La Fonda Restaurant
LaRocca's Pizza
Mystic Treasures
Stumpy's Smoked Cheese, LLC
Tequila's Mexican Restaurant and Bar, Inc.
The White Linen
Townsite Café
Dickey’s Barbecue

Additional Info 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.

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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