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Williams Towing owner calls SBDC director 'absolute asset' after winning Existing Business of Year honor Kansas Small Business Development Center logo

The Small Business Development Center at Emporia State has named its Existing Business of the Year and Emerging Business of the Year.


Williams Towing and Recovery is the Existing Business of the Year. Owner Clint Drake started with a business loan from ESB Financial and was pointed towards Small Business Development Center Director Lisa Brumbaugh as he eyed expansion.

Drake credits his employees for the honor, saying they are committed to high-quality work and "taking care of people."

Meanwhile, Osage Hardware of Osage City was named as the Emerging Business of the Year.

7 am Tuesday: Emporia State's Small Business Development Center announces businesses of year

An Emporia business and an Osage City business have gotten regional honors through the Small Business Development Center.

The SBDC at Emporia State University has named Williams Towing and Recovery as its Existing Business of the Year. The company started in 1989 as part of Williams Automotive. It became its own identity after Clint Drake bought it in 2018, offering towing, equipment hauling, roadside repair and in-shop repairs.

Meanwhile, Osage Hardware of Osage City was named as the Emerging Business of the Year. Owners Colton and Danielle Hallgren bought the business in 2018, focusing on providing unique offerings and customer service.

The Small Business Development Center at Emporia State serves 11 counties, including Lyon, Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Morris and Osage counties in the KVOE listening area.

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