KSBC recognizes Kansas small businesses, including Olathe’s Custom Storefronts

Kansas Small Business Development Center to recognize 17 successful Kansas small businesses


TOPEKA, Kansas — The Kansas Small Business Development Center (Kansas SBDC) statewide network has announced the 2016 Existing, Emerging, and Exporting Businesses of the Year. Each of the eight Kansas SBDC regional centers have selected one emerging and one existing business for the award. One exporter will be recognized for the first time this year.


In total, 17 Kansas small businesses will be recognized at a ceremony in Topeka on Tuesday, March 8. The businesses were selected from more than 2,000 businesses that received Kansas SBDC one-on-one business advising services in 2015.


“The selected businesses were careful consideration by our Kansas SBDC regional directors and consultants,” said Greg Panichello, Kansas SBDC state director.” Collectively, the KSBDC team believes these 17 small businesses are excellent examples of small business adaptation and success in challenging times.”


Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins will address the group to start the awards portion of the evening. The evening’s event will be emceed by WIBW-TV Anchor Melissa Brunner.


Existing Businesses of the Year
DV Enterprises, LLC, Don & Vicky Brunkhardt, Liberal
Colby Glass & Sign Co., Inc., Rod Rodenbeck, Colby
Eric Fisher Academy, Inc., Eric and Mary Fisher, Wichita
B&P, Inc., Brett & Carly Fletcher, Holton
Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, Amber Haag, Emporia
The Gun Guys, Tim VanLeiden, Ottawa
CTe Learning, Steve Waddell, Olathe
Progressive Products, Inc., Todd Allison, Pittsburg


Emerging Businesses of the Year
Duck Salt, Matthew Deighton, Greensburg
Sushi Rolls, LLC, Michael Huskey and Stacie Rupp, Hays
Sleeptopia, Kevin Kunz, Wichita
Brickhouse Antiques, Tom & Mary Norskov, Topeka
Chisholm Trail Outfitters, LLC, Craig Dodd, Hillsboro
Kids Calendar, Beth McKeon, Lawrence
Athletic Testing Solutions, David Kuluva and Eric Schroeder, Overland Park
Sleep Inn & Suites, Bill Michaud, Fort Scott


Exporting Business of the Year
Custom Storefronts, Inc., Jon Roberts, Olathe

About Kansas Small Business Development Center
The Kansas Small Business Development Center (Kansas SBDC) is a statewide small business* advising, consulting, and training service funded by federal, state, and local partners. Funding through your tax dollars allows the Kansas SBDC to provide advising and training (i.e. cash flow, marketing, and market data) to businesses across the state at low or no-cost. The SBDC is part of a larger national association committed to helping small businesses reach their development, improvement, and transition goals. *A “small business” typically has less than 500 employees.


To learn more, visit http://www.kansassbdc.net or call 877-625-7232.