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HAYS – The Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) has announced the 2013 Emerging and Existing Businesses of the Year. Each of the eight KSBDC regional centers 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 12. The businesses were selected from more than 2,700 entrepreneurs who received KSBDC services in 2012.
“The businesses were selected after careful consideration by our regional directors and consultants,” said Greg Panichello, KSBDC state director. “The continuing difficult national economy has provided numerous opportunities for small businesses to adapt and prosper in response. Collectively, we feel 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.
Ken Daniel, chair of the board of Midway Wholesale and managing partner of Wohlgemuth & Daniel Investments LLP, both of Topeka, is the 2013 keynote speaker for the event.
“My business degree provided a framework for the nuts and bolts of running a business,” said Daniel, “but it was my exposure to my small business owner/bosses that really inspired me to try to develop my own business.” Daniel founded both companies within seven years of his graduation from the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond.
The Emerging and Existing Businesses of the Year in Southwest Kansas was Pumpkin Paradise LLC in Sublette with Steve and Janet Weidner, owners.