TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- There are some businesses in the Topeka and Shawnee County community that make giving back part of their mission. Educational Credit Union is being recognized by the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce for doing just that. They are one of three companies nominated for the 2012 Capital City Business of Distinction Award.
ECC President Greg Winkler said he first learned of the nomination through a phone call he listened in on with the vice president of business development. "I think it was shock on my part, for sure," he recalled. "It was probably a humble feeling when I realized what that meant for us and this community."
Winkler describes the Capital City Business of Distinction Award as one that recognizes businesses that are part of the community, growing and making the surrounding area better.
"To us, I think it's recognition that what we do is important," Winkler said.
For example, on May 7, ECC representatives spent the morning delivering gifts to teachers in Shawnee County. They handed out about 4,000 to area schools in honor of Teacher Recognition Day.
When it started in November 1939, ECU (then called the Topeka Teachers Credit Union) 39 members and total assets of $144. In December 2011, ECU reached $150,000,000 in assets.
Creative Business Solutions and Robuck Jewelers are also nominated for the Capital City Business of Distinction Award. The winner will be announced at a Chamber luncheon Wednesday, May 16, 2012.