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Couple likes ‘doing our own thing’ as Icon owners

The 2005 birth of Tricia Wilson’s second child will forever be linked to the birth of her husband’s company, Icon Structures.

Building Controls and Services’ early work on big project propelled success

Safety, comfort and efficiency are the words Ken Stoppel uses to describe what it his company, Building Controls and Services, does.

Insurer Chapple seeing solid growth

There haven’t been any signs of recession at Chapple Insurance Group.

Credit union goes for the personal touch

When members of the Mid American Credit Union walk through its northeast Wichita branch, they’re greeted at the door, then guided to a stand-alone teller, or “dialogue” station, for help.

Emphasis is on quality at Kingman company

Pat Robinson’s goal – to double the size of his business in six years – is admittedly ambitious. But he believes it can be done.

Companies’ identities take shape at Cassandra Bryan Design

For Cassandra Bryan, the goal is not to do more work – it’s to do bigger work.

Kansas Truck Equipment provides products that make people more mobile

When Maurice Linnens bought Kansas Truck Equipment Co. in 1999, the company showed customers its offerings of mobility products through a brochure.

International projects a growing part of Balco‘s business

In a nondescript concrete building on an industrial street in southwest Wichita is a 56-year-old company whose products are found in some high-profile buildings around the world.

General contractor Zernco growing by leaps and bounds

Ashley Thill is taking a breather.

Mom who sews cheer uniforms for dolls opens Annique’s Nook

Teajai Kimsey was sewing to pass the time during her daughter’s competitive cheer practice when another mother helped launch her small business.

Small businesses in limbo waiting for tax decision

Small businesses are in limbo as they wait for Congress to make decisions that could save them a lot of money.

Core Strength Wichita offers workouts in downtown studio

When Kim Dwerlkotte tore her rotator cuff, she decided to try Pilates to rehabilitate. Her neighbor and best friend, Diane Lewonowski, went along to keep her company.

Wichita hair salon caters to male customers

Valerie Byers grew up thinking she wanted to cut women’s hair for a living.

Colwich-based ERI Solutions to focus closer to home

After doing most of its work out of state for nearly a decade, risk management consultant ERI Solutions is focusing on business opportunities at home as well.

Ribbit owner wins SBA award; will represent Kansas in national contest

Alex Harb, owner and founder of Ribbit Computer of Wichita, will represent Kansas in Washington, D.C., as the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Person of the Year.

Kristin Mountain trains a new generation of athletes at Cheer Fusion

Kristin Mountain used to be a “flyer” – one of those 100-pound cheerleaders who get tossed through the air. Today she’s more like a flight instructor/air traffic controller, making sure a new generation of cheerleaders execute safe takeoffs and landings.

ICT Solutions software helps service industry workers track time

Two employees of a landscaping business are hoping their homegrown computer software will catch on with people in similar lines of work.

10 Wichita businesses named finalists for Small Business Awards

Ten area businesses will compete for top honors in the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards.

Malware threatening small businesses’ data, livelihood

The first thing Mark Wilson noticed was a drag on the computer system that he and five others used at his company.

RedHouse Custom Paint in Derby to offer airbrushing classes

Jason Jewett was one of those kids who grew up drawing all the time, sometimes letting it interfere with his schoolwork and being told he’d never make a living as an artist.

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