every obstacle is an opportunity

Every Obstacle is an Opportunity

Audrey Spirit LLC is an inspiring example of a business born out of passion, need, and love. In 2011, Donna Yadrich lost her beloved 15-year-old daughter, Audrey Grace, from complications of serious medical problems. Although appreciative of the tremendous care Audrey received during her countless hospitalizations, Donna observed that generic hospital gowns stripped young patients…

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Hard Work Grows A Business

Dexter Pfeifer, owner of Pfeifer Landscaping, has demonstrated how hard work can grow a business. He created the business because of his love of landscaping and desire to own something of his own. What started as a passion has developed into a full-fledged landscaping business with a complete list of services including, but not limited…

meeting customer needs

Meeting Customer Needs

Any business that has been around for 85 years clearly has the ability to stand the test of time. Hey Machinery Company, Inc., also known as Hey Wheel, has spanned four generations of family owners so far. Hey Wheel sells re-purposed aircraft tires for off-highway, agricultural use. They also manufacture rims and centers. Their products…

moving the conversation forward

Moving the Conversation

Moving the conversation from “What’s your cheapest product?” to “What’s your best product?” You know you’re doing things right when the conversation with your customers changes from “What’s your cheapest product?” to “What’s your best product?” When Patrick McDonald opened McDonald’s Vacuum Center in downtown Arkansas City, Kansas in 2004 he opened with an eclectic…

it's all about the right timing

It’s all about the right timing

They say that timing is everything. We’d add that knowing the right time to open a business is priceless. Rafael Figueroa know that he wanted to not only be successful in business and provide better for his family; he wanted to leave his own legacy. He knew he wanted to use his skills and experience…

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The KSBDC’s #MarchMadness

  On Selection Sunday, I thought it would be nice to give an extra shout out to our own March Madness. Each year on the second Tuesday in March, the Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) network recognizes our top seeds in the form of 16 Existing and Emerging Small Businesses of the Year. Two…