Sugar Creek Country Store and the Kansas SBDC

Thank you to Dan Hohman from Sugar Creek Country Store for sharing his story about working with the Kansas SBDC and to Harvest Video for producing the video! It is a pleasure and honor to work with such talented people! https://www.facebook.com/WashburnSBDC/videos/900935553627900/?__tn__=kC-R&eid=ARCMSlEONE0sTNmuim7f4di10H7E0VNqZsD1sY7DEq7x4Svc7hoCa9fetu6Jq7npFp3LYIgrtHa-gfSZ&hc_ref=ARSWs9aBSucXbUZ0JSV0fYSQvXV1UkQph3WP9GB6b4ZVrdbfVbFGBg1QdEKgiYS2zRk&fref=nf&__xts__[0]=68.ARBUwmyZ8VePJNDm0MZaV9NCHmkeKB5Zr8Fa3Wg6A285j1a3L67y8eEb8NxQAVjn8sZVSDywBMoW8IgZ9tUqoJPFKWVNj14EVHMbRD9d4LkaZjPxso83-doisJayV3tW36jUwHszjNhHEbwBsOIyiuRPmRygN3v9-4mMl7WsQq54ZUzAjiqyjWEgGF620Mbx9zmrQ3woJxE Laurie Pieper, Ph.D. Business Advisor Washburn University Kansas SBDC America's SBDC Kansas

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Uncorked Inspiration

Owned by Neal and Andrea Wollenberg, Uncorked Inspiration is a creative arts venue, offering "paint and sip" classes and more.  It opened doors in downtown Manhattan on May 1st.  Neal Wollenberg describes himself as having an entrepreneurial spirit. He says that he has always felt the urge to be his own boss and had the hope that someday he could turn his artistic interests into a business. His wife Andrea, who describes herself as the more business-like of the two,...

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Congratulations to NorthWind Technical Services on Your Exporter of the Year Award!

Congratulations to NorthWind Technical Services LLC on receiving the Kansas SBDC Exporter of the Year Award for the Washburn University SBDC! It is an honor to recognize their accomplishments and their contributions to the region. Learn more about NorthWind Technical Services LLC in this clip from Harvest Video ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnyDO7gDiOQ The Exporter of the Year Award is given to a business that has grown sales, added new employees, and successfully entered international markets. NorthWind was started by Mike and Marlene...

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Congratulations to Sugar Creek Country Store on Your Emerging Business Award!

Congratulations to Sugar Creek Country Store on its Kansas SBDC Emerging Business of the Year Award from the WU KSBDC! Awards are given on the basis of a new business's being a successful business, having overcome hurdles to get there and being a good community citizen.  Located on H. 24 in St. Mary's, Kansas, Sugar Creek is a bulk-food retail store with a gourmet deli and ice cream counter, all housed in an exquisitely restored historic building. Owned by Dan and Jen...

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Ember Woods Sawmill Puts Down Its Roots

  Ember Woods Sawmill is veteran-owned business that recently opened for service in the city of Riley, KS. After 20 years in the army, Ret. 1SG Scott Jacobs decided that he wanted to do something about which he felt passionate, something that he enjoyed doing everyday. [caption id="attachment_4391" align="alignnone" width="960"] (photo used with permission of Scott Jacobs)[/caption] Arriving at that point involved a little bit of trial and error, but he got there when he opened Ember Woods Sawmill! Located...

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TrenDesks: Trending Toward More Healthful Work Spaces

TrenDesks™ and accessories are ergonomically-designed standing desk furniture by SunField, LLC of Manhattan, KS. Shane Feng was inspired to create TrenDesks™ after being bothered by neck problems that developed after several years of working in a traditional office environment.  Hunching over a desk most of the day, Shane found that he frequently needed to take breaks to stand up or walk around. Then he read about standing desks. He thought about just building one for himself; but building an adjustable standing desk...

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The Paramour Coffee Story: Excellence in the Making

Paramour Coffee, a specialty coffee company based in Wamego, has two café shops and also sells artisan coffees wholesale. Considered the grandfather of speciality coffee, in the 1960’s and 70’s Alfred Peet was at the center of the coffee revolution in the U.S. In the late 1970’s Peet sold the company to Sal Bonavita. It is in the Peet’s tradition that Jim Hovind trained and he considers his coffees to be a tribute to Alfred and Sal. In the early...

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Hot Stuff!

During Oztoberfest in Wamego over the weekend, Toto's Tacoz! launched its new line of hot sauces: Witches Manic Meltdown (a green jalapeño hot sauce) and Toto-ly OZsome (a red habanero hot sauce). It was a great time for this local restaurant, part of the Oz-cluster of Wamego businesses, to introduce its new sauces! While Colleen "manned" the hot sauce stand and greeted folks with her winning smile, Craig served up their famous tacos for the hungry crowd of Toto's fans. The condiments...

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Getting off the Ground with Little Apple Pilates

[caption id="attachment_2859" align="alignnone" width="1087"] ... stretching out.[/caption] About 2 years ago, Hilary Santana set a goal of opening her own pilates studio. She wanted to have a studio where she could bring together the things that she needed for the types of exercise that she enjoyed that were missing from gyms. On September 1st,  she made that goal a reality! At Little Apple Pilates, Hilary offers classes and private instruction in pilates, aerial hammocks, silks, TRX, Barre, and hot yoga. (While...

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Congratulations, Flint Hills Enduro!

Over the summer, Matt Ransom came to the WU KSBDC because he was thinking about taking over a neglected off-road motorcycle track that was overgrown with brush and hadn't been groomed regularly in a long time. Matt, who has been competing in hare scrambles for four years, had done his homework on the property and knew what he needed to do to get the track in attractive condition for riders, but still had questions about taking on the business. Matt...

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