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Organic foods marketer, heavy equipment calibration provider at 1 Million Cups

Business transformation: Alltite

CEO Tom Smith told those gathered at 1 Million Cups how a "scrappy" culture helped his company survive a near-death experience 18 months ago when most of its business disappeared.
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CEO Tom Smith told those gathered at 1 Million Cups how a "scrappy" culture helped his company survive a near-death experience 18 months ago when most of its business disappeared.

The founder of a nonprofit to better market locally grown food and the owner of a company that had to drastically refocus its business pitched their visions at Wednesday’s 1 Million Cups ICT event.

1 Million Cups ICT is a weekly gathering designed to aid entrepreneurs by making contacts in the community and gaining awareness. 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.

ICT Food Circle

A volunteer group including Mike Bowyer hope to boost interest and sales for local organic farmers by improving their marketing with online contact lists and markets.

 

Founder: Mikel Bowyer

Pitch: Bowyer, general manager of the Public at the Brickyard restaurant, leads a volunteer effort to better market food produced by organic farmers within 150 miles of Wichita. They have a social media site and plan events to build interest.

Status: It was formed a year ago.

Need: More customers, more farmers and more donors

Contact: www.facebook.com/Ictfoodcircle

Alltite

CEO Tom Smith told those gathered at 1 Million Cups how a "scrappy" culture helped his company survive a near-death experience 18 months ago when most of its business disappeared.

 

Founder: Tom Smith

Pitch: Alltite was founded and grew by making bolting tools for heavy industry, especially oil and gas. But when oil and gas exploration collapsed in 2014, the company was forced to cut employees and shift focus to emphasizing equipment calibration. It still sells bolting tools.

Status: Smith said the company is once again poised for strong growth.

Need: More customers, especially local heavy manufacturers

Contact: www.alltite.com

Next week

The next 1 Million Cups ICT will feature ICT Downtown Market and GoTimeTraining.

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