Food and art marketplace, high-tech construction pitched at 1 Million Cups

A construction company turning into a tech company and locals creating a business/community development operation pitched their visions at Wednesday’s 1 Million Cups ICT event.

1 Million Cups ICT is a weekly gathering designed to aid entrepreneurs by helping them get advice and make contacts in the community. It meets from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. Next week’s event will be at Wichita State University’s Old Town offices, 238 N. Mead.

Here are the latest presenters.

District Marketplace

Founders: Donnie Hutchins and Janelle King

Pitch: Hutchins, who owns the Mr. Natural Soul Kitchen food truck, has started a permanent location for food trucks and local artists’ booths in a lot at 138 N. Cleveland. King owns the Workroom, a home textiles, decor and furniture store, which sits next door. Food is available for lunch and dinner Wednesdays through Saturdays at the site.

Status: The Marketplace is relatively new, with three food trucks, but is adding more food and artists. It’s also the site of Second Saturday gatherings and is part of Final Fridays downtown.

Need: More food trucks and artists, and sponsors.

Contact: Look for the District Marketplace on Facebook.

Builders Plus Construction

President: Chris Callen

Pitch: Builders Plus is a construction company founded by Hal and Donna Callen in 1985. Their son Chris Callen is going heavy on technology. He is working to integrate into the design/construction process existing and emerging technologies such as 3-D projection of plans, drones, virtualization and 3-D printing.

Status: The company is moving to the former Big Dog building in June. Chris Callen said that, ultimately, the technology piece could become its own company.

Need: Wants construction to be seen as a more desirable job.

Contact: or 316-943-1720

Next week

The next 1 Million Cups ICT will feature Spaulding Decon and Title Farm.

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