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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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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Practicing Gratitude: A Good Habit for Small Business Owners

With Thanksgiving this week, the holiday season is underway and with the holidays, for many small businesses, come added pressures. One way to deal with these is to practice gratitude. Not only will it make you feel better, but the practice shows good leadership and will be appreciated by those around you. • Reflect on why you are in business and the positives you get out of business ownership. If you haven't already, write these reasons down. When things get...

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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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Developing a Small Business Continuity Plan

Business continuity planning is the process of developing proactive strategies for averting, weathering, and recovering from a disaster or crisis and, in the process, protecting a business's employees, operations, and key assets. Continuity planning helps a company anticipate potential threats, identify measures that can be taken to avoid or minimize those threats, and, when such measures are not possible, delineate steps for getting through and recovering from dire situations. A well thought out continuity plan should improve the likelihood of...

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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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National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, and with the lower half of the country still recovering from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, a lot of businesses that were devastated by the storms are looking ahead to a long road of rebuilding. While we don't have to worry about hurricanes here in the Great Plains region, we do have other disasters that can affect us, including tornadoes, sickness, and flooding, not to mention other disasters that can ruin a business such as...

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Does Your Website Need an Update?

How do you know it’s time to update your website? Something to keep in mind is that when it comes to redesigning a website, there is no specific timeline that needs to be followed. According to Christian Riggs, president of Riggs Creative Group, a user-experience design and website development firm in San Diego, there are a variety of factors that may help a business owner decide whether or not to redesign their website. “You’ve got new branding and color standards,...

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Happy 1st Anniversary, Sugar Creek Country Store!

Located, in a beautifully restored historic building on Highway 24 in downtown St. Mary’s, Kansas, Sugar Creek Country Store celebrated its first anniversary last week. The store carries a unique assortment of unusual, very high-quality foods, has a deli and sandwich counter – and just added an ice cream counter which is proving to be quite popular this summer! Around 6 years ago, Dan Hohman and his wife Jen were shopping at an Amish foods store in a tiny Minnesota...

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