Author: Chad Bettes

November 2021, Community Spotlight

Old School Meets New School at Bison State Bank

After a 275-mile journey that took 120 years, we’re about to see Bison in Kansas City. Bison State Bank owner Ryan Wiebe said his bank has begun a soft opening of its first local branch, located at 9201 Ward Parkway, and expects it to be open for business to the public by December. It will mark a big step for the bank founded in 1901 in western Kansas and that,…

July 2021, Expert Advice

Q&A with Laura Schmidt

Laura Schmidt is owner and chief positive person at notes to self socks in Prairie Village, Kansas. With her feet propped up on the dash during a road trip in 2011, she had the idea of putting positive words of affirmation on the toes and bottoms of socks. Today, Schmidt and her team are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the business after a decade of exponential growth. Socks made by…

July 2021, Community Spotlight, Expert Advice

Cherry Co. for the Win

Playing catcher in softball is not for the faint of heart. There’s the mask and other protective gear. The heat and the physical toll of crouching behind the plate inning after inning. And let’s not forget the critical job of catching every ball thrown at you even as opposing players swing metal bats inches from your face. None of that stopped Thalia Cherry when her college softball coach asked her…

June 2021, Expert Advice, The Bigger Picture

Q&A with Matthew Hughes

Matthew Hughes is executive director of the International Relations Council of Kansas City, an organization that has been strengthening our community's global perspective since 1954. As the world has grown increasingly interconnected over the decades, the IRC has become a trusted resource in the local business community, convening substantive conversations about international events and issues and their impact on Kansas City. Thinking Bigger recently posed the following questions to Hughes.…

May 2021, Community Spotlight, Entrepreneurial Journey, Expansion, Expert Advice

Finding Business Success in Something Nobody Wants to Buy

Travis Burch and Carter Clond realize they sell something nobody really wants to spend money on when it comes to a home: new gutters. “Who thinks about gutters,” Burch asked. “It’s like the last thing on a home.” Yet when the two discovered a unique product offering in 2015, a lightbulb went off. They realized that, together, they had the right customer service and business background — combined with the…