Awards luncheon shows how small businesses play big part in Topeka economy

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Greater Topeka Partnership is celebrating the small businesses that make Topeka thrive.

The partnership handed out its annual Small Business Awards during a luncheon Tuesday. Hazel Hill Chocolate was honored as this year's Capitol City Business of Distinction, while Boys and Girls Clubs of Topeka was chosen as the Non-Profit of Distinction. Aim Strategies won Small Business Advocate and Stevenson Company was given the newly-created Innovation Award.

The Greater Topeka Partnership says small businesses give a big boost to the economy.

"I would take a start up small business that one of these days is gonna be a big business over recruiting a big business any day of the week," said President and CEO Matt Pivarnik. "I mean homegrown talent, homegrown businesses. I can give you example after example but probably one of the best ones is Advisors Excel. It wasn't that long ago that Advisors Excel was a very small business, now they're a 600-employee organization making huge strides in this community."

Other winners included Cortez Transportation Company, Prairie Glass Studio and Curb Appeal Power Wash.