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Business Watch: Seeking powerful stories from small business owners – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

The New Year is off to a busy start, with a volatile stock market, an excellent jobs report released Friday and multiple changes in the Topeka business world.

I’m looking forward to announcements in the upcoming quarter on what will be happening with several vacant properties in Topeka. The former White Lakes Mall’s future should be decided in the upcoming months by leaders at Christie Development, a Kansas City developer interested in the property.

I understand exciting announcements may be coming on some other vacant local properties, too. It’s always exciting to see growth happening, along with new businesses and the entrepreneurs who invest so much of themselves in their success.

If you know of a small business owner who is working hard at being successful and who has a story to tell, send me an email ( I’m hoping to do more features on small businesses this year.

Work resolution No. 1, I guess. I have a feeling my work goals might be easier to meet than personal ones.

We shall see.


Minority and Women Business Spotlight program launched

A new program from the Kansas Department of Commerce will spotlight Kansas small, minority- and women-owned businesses.

The Women and Minority Business Development office has started a Minority and Women Business Spotlight program.

Every month, one business will be selected for the Spotlight and will be featured on Kansas Commerce social media and The selected company will be featured in an article on

“It is our goal to feature Kansas minority and/or women-owned businesses through our spotlight to assist in their growth and development,” said Rhonda Harris, director of the Office of Minority and Women Business Development, in a news release. “By bringing awareness to these companies and the services and products they provide, we hope to promote a broader outreach to potential customers that may be able to utilize the services offered.”

To be eligible, applicants must be small, minority and/or woman owned businesses headquartered in Kansas. Applications can be filled out online at


KansasWorks job fair to be March 7

The Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with KansasWorks, will host a statewide job fair on March 7.

This annual job fair connects employers, veterans and job seekers.

“Meeting the workforce needs of Kansas employers is a primary goal for this department,” said interim Kansas Department of Commerce Secretary Robert North in a news release. “The Statewide Job Fair offers the opportunity to unite the businesses we work so closely with to the skilled and valuable employees they need to fill crucial positions within their companies.”

Veterans of any status and their families can meet with employers in various industries and fields. Veterans at any stage in their career search are invited, including active duty, reservists or National Guard.

The job fair will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. at 11 locations across the state, including in Colby, El Dorado, Independence, Kansas City, Lawrence, Leavenworth, Manhattan, Overland Park, Salina, Topeka and Wichita.

Registration can be done via the following links:

• Colby, Independence, Lawrence, Leavenworth, Manhattan, Overland Park, Salina, Topeka:

• Wichita:

• El Dorado:

For more information, job seekers and employers may visit any Workforce Center or call (877) 509-6757.


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