success stories

Our success is found in helping our small businesses succeed.

They say if you can positively impact one person’s life in your lifetime, then yours has been a life well-lived. We have the remarkable opportunity to impact lives every day by supporting the real difference-makers — Kansas’ small businesses.

Each year we take time to recognize 16 emerging and existing small businesses across the state that our teams have had the great fortune to work with throughout the year.  Emerging and existing businesses are selected by the KSBDC for their ability to grow, have vision, overcome major obstacles, and contribute to the Kansas economy. In addition, the Existing businesses are selected based on their civic contributions to the communities in which they do business.

This year the KSBDC will honor the 2013  Emerging and Existing Businesses of the Year during a ceremony on March 12, 2013 in Topeka. Who are they? Look for an announcement soon.

Our 2013 Winners announced!

Emerging and Existing Businesses of the Year
ash llc | Emporia | Amy & Steve Harmon, owners | KSBDC at ESU
Kessler Kreations | Hillsboro | Marie Kessler, owner | KSBDC at ESU in Andover
Oberlin Knife Shop | Oberlin | JW & Deb Smith, owners | KSBDC at FHSU in Bird City
Hays Fire and Rescue Sales & Service LLC | Hays | Kelvin & DeAnn Meyers, owners | KSBDC at FHSU in Bird City
Pumpkin Paradise LLC | Sublette | Steve & Janet Weidner, owners | KSBDC at GCCC
Sunflower Creations | Copeland | Gerald & Lois Nichols, owners | KSBDC at GCCC
New York Dawg Pound | Overland Park | Sal Frustaci & Will Brown, owners | KSBDC at JCCC
Molly’s Table | Paola | Donna Nagle, owner | KSBDC at JCCC
Lawrence Montessori School | Lawrence | Purvis & Tiraz Birdie, owners | KSBDC at KU
Mid Star Lab | Edwardsville | Kari & Ron Wagner | KSBDC at KU
Sweet Designs Cakery | Pittsburg | Heather & Roger Horton Jr., owners | KSBDC at PSU
HayesBrand Molding Inc | Garnett | The Hayes family, owners | KSBDC at PSU
Absolute Dimensions LLC | Wichita | Stephen Brittain & Michael Rickords, owners | KSBDC at WSU
Ohlde’s Dairy Inc | Linn | Steve & Cindi Ohlde, Justin & Becky Ohlde, Kyler Ohlde, owners | KSBDC at WSU in Concordia
Seneca Variety | Seneca | Dona & Jack Willmeth, owners | KSBDC at WU in Glacial Hills
Pat the Plumber | Topeka | Pat & Jennifer Grogan, owners | KSBDC at WU


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