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 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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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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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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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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Congratulations and Good Luck to Loretta’s Artisanal Bakery & Cafe

Congratulations to Loretta Lopez on the opening of Loretta’s Artisanal Bakery and Café Loretta came to the Kansas SBDC at WU for assistance with writing a business plan for starting her bakery and for navigating the logistics of starting a business. Loretta had a reputation as a great baker from selling her goods at farmers’ markets and knew that she could make her vision of owning her open business a realty if she turned to the right resources. Having just...

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