Kansas SBDC to recognize 16 successful Kansas small businesses

The Kansas Small Business Development Center (Kansas SBDC) statewide network recently announced the 2015 Existing and Emerging Businesses of the Year. Sixteen Kansas small businesses will be recognized at a ceremony in Topeka on Tuesday, March 10.

Each of the eight Kansas SBDC regional centers selected one emerging and one existing business for the award. Businesses were selected from more than 2,392 businesses that received Kansas SBDC services in 2014.

Jared Broyles, KSNT News anchor and reporter, will serve as this year's master of ceremonies.

"The selected businesses were given careful consideration by our Kansas SBDC regional directors and consultants," said Greg Panichello, Kansas SBDC state director. "Collectively, the Kansas SBDC team feels these 16 small businesses are excellent examples of small business innovation, growth and success in the midst of economic recovery."

Existing Businesses of the Year:
Garden City Propane, Dennis and Risa DeVaney, Garden City.
CS Gas Inc., Karen Horinek, Atwood.
Leading Edge Aerospace LLC, Stan Unruh, Wichita.
The Merchant, Lisa Boyd, Topeka.
The Walters Farm, Becky and Carroll Walters, Burns.
McDonald Marketing, Brad McDonald, Bonner Springs.
Enhanced HomeCare LLC, Randy Block and Cindy Singer, Overland Park.
Advanced Systems Homes Inc., Darin Luebbering, Chanute.

Emerging Businesses of the Year:
Women's Specialists of Liberal, PA, Dr. Lamberto Flores, Liberal.
Kingsbury Service, Marty and Rhett Kingsbury, Smith Center.
ReJuvv' Spa, Tracie Gordon, Winfield.
Kansas Regenerative Medicine Center LLC, John Farley, Manhattan.
Flint Hills Music, Thomas Silkman, Emporia.
Cat Clinic of Lawrence, Dr. Jennifer O'Driscoll.
Velo+ Maps Coffee, Vincent Rodriguez, Lenexa.
Art in Iron, Mike Hill, Garnett.

About Kansas Small Business Development Center:

The Kansas SBDC network provides existing Kansas small businesses, start-ups and pre-venture entrepreneurs with no-cost business consulting, low- and no-cost training, and resources for every stage of the business life cycle.

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

For more information on the Kansas SBDC Network, visit kansassbdc.net or
call 877-625-7232. For more information about this event, contact Lisa Roberts, KSBDC marketing and project manager, at 785-296-6514 or lsroberts@ksbdc.net.

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