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Explore the world of business and entrepreneurship in Wichita. Learn from local business owners from a variety of industries as they share their experiences with hosts and Evergy leaders, Don Sherman and Ebony Clemons-Ajibolade, who are also small business owners. You’ll learn how they have built and grown their companies and the challenges and opportunities they encountered along the way. This podcast is brought to you by the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce and is powered by Evergy.
 
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Inventors come from all over the world, and Ethan Eck has found the right spot to perfect his inventions in Kingman, Kansas. Ethan shares with Don and Ebony how his Chem-Blade product revolutionizes a pain point for farmers across America and how he plans to grow his business in the heartland. On this episode we discuss: Starting in chassis buildin…
 
One thing that often is forgotten when starting and running your own business is how you finish. On our first deep dive conversation, Chad Hanson from Emprise Bank joins us to talk about succession planning for your business. Don and Ebony bring the questions and Chad guides us through things to consider as you plan your exit. On this episode we di…
 
Growing in Wichita, some think it's not possible. But Luis Rodriguez is convinced that Wichita is a fantastic location for growing any kind of business, particularly the technology kind. He joins hosts Don and Ebony to discuss his roles at KeyCentrix and Method Productions and what challenges face Wichita as the economy transforms during the curren…
 
Sometimes where you end up is not what you expected. April Albert, owner of Four Feathers Boutique, joins hosts Don Sherman and Ebony Clemons-Ajibolade to share how she unexpectedly pivoted from eCommerce to having her own storefront. On this episode we discuss: Humble beginnings: starting out with 3 tank tops and a pair of leggings in the basement…
 
Sometimes a simple idea can explode into a full-blown business. Eddie Sandoval started Pinole Blue in his dorm room at Wichita State and now finds his products on the shelves of Whole Foods. He also shares with hosts Don Sherman and Ebony Clemons-Ajibolade some crazy stories around marking through TikTok. It’s a business hero origin story in Wichit…
 
It’s time to talk about marketing. Chrissy Robben, the owner of Hexcode Designs shares her keys to marketing with hosts Don Sherman and Ebony Clemons-Ajibolade. She will share how embracing business diversity and diving into her clients’ businesses has helped her to deliver a great customer experience. On this episode we discuss: Ebony and Chrissy …
 
Throughout the years, McClelland Inc. has been a business staple in Wichita since 1928. Even being in a market dominated by technology shifts, this family business has continued to evolve. Janice McClelland, owner and President, joins hosts Don Sherman and Ebony Clemons-Ajibolade to share about how those shifts have occurred and finding opportunity…
 
It’s no joke, exhibit and display company Red Door Three was founded on April Fool’s Day in 2014. Hosts Don Sherman and Ebony Clemons-Ajibolade are joined by owner Stacy Edmundson discussing her passion for helping her customers. Learn how she overcame the negativity of others to have incredible success and growth. On this episode we discuss: How h…
 
Being a small family business means wearing a lot of different hats. While the title says Marketing Manager, Brandon Huynh does a lot more than that in the business his father started more than 15 years ago. He joins hosts Don Sherman and Ebony Clemons-Ajibolade to discuss how the KimSon Asian Market was founded in a recession but has continued to …
 
Sometimes junk and scrap just finds its way into your blood. Hosts Don Sherman and Ebony Clemons-Ajibolade are joined by All Metal Recycling’s Clint Cornejo to talk about how leading a recycling and scrap business has turned into his passion. He talks about growing up constantly being around the family business and his support of the Kansas Honor F…
 
It isn’t often you get to talk about a business older than electricity. Jennifer Barnard, co-owner of Tillie’s Flowers, joins hosts Don Sherman and Ebony Clemons-Ajibolade to discuss the second oldest business in Wichita. She shares how flowers communicate a unique language and how Tillie’s has connected with the community. On this episode we discu…
 
We’re back with another installment of the Wichita Chamber Business Accelerator and this time we are getting some wine tasting done. Hosts Don Sherman and Ebony Clemons-Ajibolade are joined by Jennifer McDonald, founder of Jenny Dawn Wine Cellars talking about how her love of wine inspired her to start her own business, going against the grain to c…
 
Welcome to the inaugural episode of the Wichita Chamber Business Accelerator, hosted by the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce and powered by Evergy. On this episode hosts Don Sherman and Ebony Clemons-Ajibolade are joined by Sheryl Wohlford, owner of Automation-Plus to discuss how their company has operated in the midst of a pandemic and how the…
 
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