Heartland Mill Receives Kansas SBDC Award

By MAMTC on March 27, 2017

Successful Kansas small businesses receive awards at Kansas SBDC Awards Event

Heartland Mill recognized as Kansas SBDC Existing Business of the Year


(featured from L to R): Kansas SBDC at SCCC Regional Director Cheryl Schmale; State Senator John Doll; Heartland Mill owner Mark Nightengale; Heartland Mill team members Cindy Baker and Karlan Koehn; Kansas SBDC State Director Greg Panichello; Kansas Secretary of Commerce Antonio Soave


TOPEKA, Kansas -- The Kansas Small Business Development Center (Kansas SBDC) statewide network recognized 17 small businesses across the state in the 2017 Existing, Emerging, and Exporting Businesses of the Year ceremony on March 14, 2017, in Topeka, Kansas.

The businesses were selected from more than 2,000 businesses that received Kansas SBDC one-on-one business advising services in 2016. Each of the eight Kansas SBDC regional centers selected one emerging and one existing business for the award with one business receiving Kansas SBDC Exporter of the Year for 2017.

"The selected businesses were given 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."

Kansas Secretary of Commerce Antonio Soave addressed the group to start the awards portion of the evening. The evening’s event was emceed by WIBW-TV Anchor Melissa Brunner.

Existing Businesses of the Year

  • Heartland Mill, Inc., Mark Nightengale, Marienthal
  • Second Chance Ranch, Todd Trzcinski, Goodland
  • PWI, Inc., Judy Baldwin and Robi Lorik, Wichita
  • Toto’s Tacoz, Craig and Colleen Lord, Wamego
  • Quality Profile Services, Inc., John and Karen True, Council Grove
  • Primary Color Music, Sam Billen, Lawrence
  • Jason Wright Electric, Jason Wright, Olathe
  • Audacious Boutique, Kelly Sigg, Iola

Emerging Businesses of the Year

  • HECO Heating & Cooling, LLC, Rafael Figueroa, Liberal
  • Cowgirl Creations and Design, Allison Grice, St. Francis
  • Reverie Coffee Roasters, Andrew Gough, Wichita
  • Sprout Communications, LLC, Caleb Asher, Topeka
  • Mulready’s Pub, Rick Becker, Emporia
  • Limestone Pizza Kitchen Bar, Debbie Rascoll and Rick Martin, Lawrence
  • Town Square Paola / MMK Management, LLC, Michelle Kaiser, Paola
  • Gorilla Country, Steve Scott, Pittsburg

Exporting Business of the Year

  • GT Manufacturing, Inc., James Sampson and Dennis Pedersen, Clay Center

About Kansas Small Business Development Center

We help business. We are small business advisors.

The Kansas Small Business Development Center (Kansas SBDC) is a statewide small business (typically less than 500 employees) advising, consulting, and training service funded by federal, state, and local partners. Funding through 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.

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