Chamber Honors Outstanding Small Businesses

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Outstanding area businesses earned honors Wednesday.

The Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce handed out its annual small business awards during a luncheon at Washburn University.

Midland Care Connection won the Non-Profit Award of Distinction. The award for Minority and Women-Owned Business went to Jones Advisory Group. Midwest Coating was named Capital City Business of Distinction. Zach Haney of Carnival Guy Party Rentals was named Emerging Entreprenur of Distinction.

All winners were grateful, but especially Haney, who's just 17-years old and a high school junior. He says it was a little nerve wracking to be in front of a group that included leaders of some long-time Topeka companies, but he says the experience will help him.

Haney's business stems from the volunteer group he founded, Teens Taking Action. Under his leadership, the group has organized a carnival for children staying at the Topeka Rescue Mission. Haney says he learned through the experience that Topeka didn't have a business catering to carnival event planning, and his business was born.

Winners were selected from three nominees in each category. Other nominees included: TK Magazine, Dog Day Afternoon, HCCI, Topeka Civic Theatre, Ice and Olives, Peterson Publications, La Familia and Yeldrab Gallery in NOTO.

The awards are presented by the Chamber and GO Topeka's Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development.