The Greater Topeka Partnership and GO Topeka are pleased to announced that the donations raised through the HOST Relief Program were delivered this week to 30 additional Shawnee County small businesses; this represents $120,000 in new relief distribution. To date, a total of 76 small businesses have received HOST Relief private funding.  HOST, or Helping Others Support Topeka, was created to provide emergency funding to 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; $305,000 of these funds been distributed to over 1,200 furloughed workers in Shawnee County.

“The thank yous from businesses and their employees continue to come in each day,” said Barbara Stapleton, vice president of business retention & talent initiatives for GO Topeka. “Deep expressions of true gratitude, so thankful for gift cards, but more importantly, for the recognition that what they’re going through matters and that there is help and support to acknowledge their struggles during such a difficult time.” 

“The HOST Grant programs have been a lifeline to small businesses providing cash flow, the lifeblood of a small business, during a critical time of need,” said Karl Klein, regional director for the Small Business Development Center.

Additional recipients will be announced in the weeks to come. 


The businesses that received private donations this week are:

El Dorado North

Monsoon Indian Grill

Cook's American Grill

North Star Steakhouse

The Burger Stand

Tuptim Thai

The Wheel Barrel


Affinity Hair & Nails

PT's Coffee

Mexican Taco Shop

Soul Fire Food Company

Bobo's Drive In

Mikey's Bar & Grill

Milk & Honey

Townsite Cafe & Catering

Washburn Auto Service


Herman's Meat & Smokehouse

Fuzzy's Tacos

Yuki Restaurant of Japan


Kickstart Saloon

Briggs Auto

Rees Fruit Farm

Lionheart Athletic Performance

Hazel Hill Chocolate

Essentia Salon & Spa


The Blue Moose

Connie's Corner Cafe


Josey Baking Company

LaRocca's Pizza

Tequila's Mexican Restaurant

Orange Leaf


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

Jared and Lisa Anderson

Jeff Martin

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 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