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Company designs, installs renewable energy systems

Improved technology and a little help from the Kansas Legislature convinced Jeff St. Clair that the time was right to start a solar energy business.

Bell Mirror & Glass celebrates 50 years in business

Ruth Bell can’t help tearing up a little when talking about the business she and her husband started 50 years ago this week.

Animal Health Center’s vet prepared ‘for anything’ at walk-in clinic

As a child, Dina Steineker preferred stuffed animals to dolls.

Great Plains Communications, Eric Fisher Academy win Small Business Awards

Great Plains Communications and Eric Fisher Academy were named the winners Wednesday of the 2013 Small Business Awards.

Call them before a loss, and you won’t be sorry after

Glendell Henderson doesn’t want you to be worried, just prepared.

Finalists for Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Award

Whether you’re talking about the big ideas of Ben Franklin or the behemoth fortune of Bill Gates, you’re talking about roots first established in small business.

Storage by Design helps organize people’s closets, lives

Bonnie Holeman has been poking around people’s closets for most of the last 20 years.

US Logo expands its facilities along with its services

With handymen cutting nails in one corner of the building and a vacuum cleaner whirring in another, it’s not easy to find a quiet spot for a conversation in the new home of US Logo.

Roberts Laundry Service offers pickup, delivery

Adrian Roberts understands people who don’t like doing laundry. In fact, he used to be one of them.

Owner’s faith the backbone of Sacred Heart Gifts

Sheri Ramirez believes in omens and prayers.

Brother’s spirit still lingers at Sgt. C’s Leathers

Irona Cliver can’t tell the story of Sgt. C’s Leathers without talking about her brother, David “Bubba” Cliver.

Speakers in Wichita urge Congress to pass bill on online sales tax

For small retail stores, passage of the Marketplace Fairness Act would close a tax loophole that they say gives an unfair advantage to online retailers.

Golf Etc. matches players’ clubs, swings

After 28 years with Koch Industries, Chris Hamman might be excused for wanting to spend a little more time on the golf course.

Trove spa owner planning to make some changes

Janelle Robertson had one business name and two business plans in mind when she sat down with bankers in 2011.

Early remodeling experience pays off for new owner of Interior Trends

Rodney Holeman wasn’t looking to become a small-business owner after he was laid off from Boeing in 2002.

With Sveta’s, dream becomes reality for Russian immigrant

At 21, Sveta Yakubovich felt like she hadn’t done anything with her life.

Primrose: A more structured preschool, day care center

As the mother of infant twins, Anjana Bhakta got excited when she heard that a Primrose School was coming to Wichita. Then she was disappointed when the plans fell through.

Prices for haircuts stay low at Status Quo

Another hair salon might not have survived the city’s construction work along Hydraulic, which for months forced Waneta Vickers’ customers to park across the street, then dodge traffic and potholes to get their hair cut.

A&J’s Automotive fits in with other south-side businesses

The south Wichita neighborhood around 47th and Seneca won’t find many boosters bigger than the owners of A&J’s Automotive.

Farmers Insurance contractor worked her way up

If Jenese Gallardo ever needs to motivate the agents she manages for Farmers Insurance, she can just tell them her own story.

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