KSBDC to recognize 16 successful Kansas small businesses

The Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) statewide network has announced the 2014 Existing and Emerging Businesses of the Year. Each of the eight KSBDC regional centers has selected one emerging and one existing business for the award.

In total, 16 Kansas small businesses will be recognized at a ceremony in Topeka on Tuesday, March 11. The businesses were selected from more than 2,458 businesses that received KSBDC services in 2013.

"The selected businesses were given careful consideration by our KSBDC regional directors and consultants," said Greg Panichello, state director. "Collectively, the KSBDC team feels these 16 small businesses are excellent examples of small business adaptation and success in challenging times."

Award recipients will be recognized by the Kansas House and Kansas Senate. Resolutions recognizing the business owners will be presented by Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, and Rep. Don Hill, R-Emporia. Both are KSBDC Advisory Board members.

Businesses are listed with the owners and location.

Existing Businesses of the Year

Studio 54; Scott and Susan Reinecke; Greensburg.

Sander Furniture and Gifts; Bradley and Kim Sander; Norton.

6th Street Fashions & Footwear; Shari Haug; Concordia and Belleville.

Condray & Young Landscape and Professional Groundskeeping; Kelly Condray, Matt Young and Michael Young; Topeka.

Great Plains Quilt Company; Kathy and Larry Smith; Burlingame.

Sunlite Science & Technology; Jeff Chen; Lawrence.

Hooked on Ornaments; Nicki Pierce; Olathe.

Independence Pharmacy; Terry Scott and Bonnie Tucker; Independence.

Emerging Businesses of the Year

Wasinger Chiropractic and Acupuncture LLC; Dr. Blake Wasinger; Garden City.

Cardinal Pharmacy LLC; Richard Bieber, and Marla and Gene Mooney; Hoisington.

After Hours Auto Repair Inc.; Mark and Summer Guerrero; Wichita.

Keltic Star Public House; Perry, Shirley and Darren McCall; Manhattan.

Fulton Valley Farms LLC; David and Betty Corbin; Towanda.

Grip EQ; Justin Atwater-Taylor; Lawrence.

Notes to Self LLC; Laura Schmidt; Prairie Village.

Bolling’s Meat Market and Deli; Mitch and Sharon Bolling and Cara Bolling Thomas; Iola and Moran.

About the Kansas Small Business Development Center

The KSBDC network provides existing Kansas small businesses, start-ups, and pre-venture entrepreneurs with no-cost business consulting and resources for all stages of a businesses life cycle.

The KSBDC network is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Kansas Department of Commerce. The network receives funding from and partners with higher education and economic development organizations. The KSBDC is nationally accredited through the Association of Small Business Development Centers. The statewide host for KSBDC is Fort Hays State University.

For more information on the KSBDC Network, visit ksbdc.kansas.gov or call 877-625-7232.

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Roberts at 785-296-6514 or lsroberts@ksbdc.net

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