WICHITA — Less than a decade after starting Optometric Billing Solutions in a home basement, sisters Branda Barton and Brooke Armstrong are making their third move to a new building.
At 21,000 square feet, this one should last a while. The sisters are buying the former SecureNet building at 10501 W. Hampton Lakes in Maize.
Though they say the space is nice and that the $1.6 million in industrial revenue bonds the city is giving them in the next three years will be helpful, Armstrong says they would have had the same things in Wichita.
"To be honest, it really was the city of Maize," she says of the decision to locate there.
"The sense of community in that place was amazing," Armstrong says. "Branda and I ... really left there with the sense and impression of community and values. Their whole culture just seemed really in line with what we value as a corporation."
Barton was working at a company helping optometrists use new practice-management software "and kind of saw this need out there," Armstrong says.
Armstrong was moving to Wichita around the time, and in 2005 the two decided to start their own firm to help optometrists with billing.
"It really has been an underserved niche," Armstrong says.