Commissioners recognize small businesses

By Brady Bauman

Riley County commissioners on Monday endorsed a proclamation declaring this Small Business Week.

Trent Armbrust, who represented the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce’s economic development division, said small businesses have aided in the Little Apple’s growth.

“A lot of times when we think of small business we think of retail and restaurants and things like that,” Armbrust said. “But we have professionals all across this community, and we have manufacturers all across this community that are small businesses.

“We talk about Tallgrass Brewery, and we’re all excited about that. Well, that’s a small business.

‚ÄúThen you look at the examples of Ward Morgan and CivicPlus and that started out as a small business, so small businesses really add to the fabric of this community and make it unique and special.”

Commissioner Ron Wells read a prepared statement on behalf of the commissioners, echoing those thoughts.

“In America we believe anyone willing to work hard, take risks, start their own business, and launch their idea into the marketplace is the key to sustaining a healthy business climate,” he said. “And the citizens of Riley County are grateful to small businesses for their generous contributions to the quality of life we all enjoy.”

In other items, Vern Henricks, representing the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation, said the Flint Hills Wellness Coalition received a $79,000 healthy living grant from the Kansas Health Foundation.

The grant will help support the local Healthy Lungs at Play Initiative, which aims to expand and enhance the bicycle boulevard network and amend policies for tobacco- and nicotine-free grounds at the Riley County Health Department as well as local park playgrounds.

The initiative also aims to augment park-based programming and promotion.

“The ultimate goal is to encourage people to go outside and be active in parks,” Henricks said. “And tobacco- and nicotine-free parks will be safer for families and children.

“I can’t say enough about Katy (Oestman) from the (Riley County) health department, who put this grant together.”

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