Burlingame quilt store to be honored among Kansas businesses of the year

HAYS, Kan. – The Kansas Small Business Development Center has announced that a Burlingame quilt store is among 16 small businesses that will be recognized as 2014 Existing and Emerging Businesses of the Year.

Great Plains Quilt Company, operated by Kathy and Larry Smith, of Burlingame, will be recognized at a ceremony March 11 in Topeka. The businesses were selected from more than 2,458 businesses that received KSBDC services in 2013. Each of the eight KSBDC regional centers has selected one emerging and one existing business for the award.

“The selected businesses were given careful consideration by our KSBDC regional directors and consultants,” said Greg Panichello, state director. “Collectively, the KSBDC team feels 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. A resolution and moment of personal privilege recognizing the business owners will be presented by state Sen. Tom Holland and state Rep. Don Hill. Both are KSBDC advisory board members.

Businesses and their owners to be recognized at the ceremony are:

Existing Businesses of the Year

  • Studio 54; Scott and Susan Reinecke, Greensburg.
  • Sander Furniture and Gifts, Bradley and Kim Sander; Norton.
  • 6th Street Fashions & Footwear; Shari Haug, Concordia and Belleville.
  • Condray & Young Landscape and Professional Groundskeeping, Kelly Condray, Matt Young and Michael Young, Topeka.
  • Great Plains Quilt Company, Kathy and Larry Smith, Burlingame.
  • Sunlite Science & Technology, Jeff Chen, Lawrence.
  • Hooked on Ornaments, Nicki Pierce, Olathe.
  • Independence Pharmacy, Terry Scott and Bonnie Tucker, Independence.

Emerging Businesses of the Year

  • Wasinger Chiropractic and Acupuncture LLC, Dr. Blake Wasinger, Garden City.
  • Cardinal Pharmacy LLC, Richard Bieber, and Marla and Gene Mooney, Hoisington.
  • After Hours Auto Repair Inc., Mark and Summer Guerrero, Wichita.
  • Keltic Star Public House, Perry, Shirley and Darren McCall, Manhattan.
  • Fulton Valley Farms LLC, David and Betty Corbin, Towanda.
  • Grip EQ, Justin Atwater-Taylor, Lawrence.
  • notes to self llc, Laura Schmidt, Prairie Village.
  • Bolling’s Meat Market and Deli, Mitch and Sharon Bolling and Cara Bolling Thomas, Iola and Moran.

The KSBDC network provides existing Kansas small businesses, start-ups, and pre-venture entrepreneurs with no-cost business consulting and resources for every stage of the business life cycle. The KSBDC network is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Kansas Department of Commerce. For more information on the KSBDC Network, visit www.kansassbdc.net/ or call 877-625-7232.

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Roberts at 785-296-6514 or [email protected].

See related story: Planning for Transition: Great Plains Quilt Company

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