Local businesses were honored Tuesday afternoon at the Greater Topeka Partnership’s Small Business Awards.
Hazel Hill Chocolate took home the biggest award of the afternoon, Capital City Business of Distinction.
Owner Nick Xidis said they couldn’t have done it without the community’s support.
“When we started, we couldn’t even afford to finance making the stuff for their orders,” said Xidis. “We had to ask them to pay in advance for things just so we had enough money to make it. There’s so many generous people in this town who have been with us for years and years and made us successful.”
The awards consisted of seven categories based on business growth, creativity, longevity and contributions to the community.
You can see a complete list of winners below.
- Emerging Entrepreneur of Distinction: Curb Appeal Power Wash LLC
- Non-profit of Distinction: Boys & Girls Clubs of Topeka
- Minority Owned Business of Distinction: Cortez Transportation Company, Inc.
- Women Owned Business of Distinction: Prairie Glass Studio
- Small Business Advocate: AIM Strategies, LLC
- Innovation Award: Stevenson Company, Inc.
- Capital City Business of Distinction: Hazel Hill Chocolate