Monthly Archives: June 2012

Freddy’s opens Las Vegas restaurant

A restaurant in Las Vegas, Nev., brings to 68 the number of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steak outlets.

The Las Vegas Freddy’s opened today and marked the 10th state in which the Wichita-based chain is operating, according to a news release from the company.

“We are very grateful for this level of growth and for the guests who have such a strong affinity for our food,” said chief operating officer Scott Redler in the release.

Co-founded by Redler and Bill, Randy and Freddy Simon, Freddy’s opened its first location on west 21st Street in Wichita in 2002.

Hispanic business forum offered in Johnson County

A business forum aimed at assisting Hispanic business owners and managers is planned for July 23 at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park.

Sponsored by the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission, the second Hispanic Business Forum follows one held in September 2011 in Dodge City.

Topics at the upcoming session will include gaining access to capital, using state and federal programs, attracting customers and overcoming challenges to growing a small business.

The forum runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Regnier Center at the college, 12345 College Boulevard in Overland Park. The deadline for registration is July 9.

To register or for other registration information, call 816-472-6767 or email

KU program seeks to link retiring businessmen, grads

A program designed to keep rural businesses open by matching interested college graduates with businessmen who want to retire was announced today by the University of Kansas School of Business.

The Redefining Retirement program – nicknamed RedTire – will match qualified graduates who want to own a business with the business owners looking to retire, according to a news release from KU. The program is aimed at preventing rural businesses from closing because an owner can’t find a successor or buyer.

“Every day in rural communities, businesses close forever because an owner retires and can’t find someone to take over the business,” said Neeli Bendapudi, dean of the KU School of Business. “RedTire will address this issue by matching graduates with current business owners and facilitating a succession plan to keep the business running.”

In effect, RedTire is a matchmaking service, the news release said. Staff will screen prospective replacement managers and candidate businesses, then identify good matches for purchase opportunities. From there, the program will help negotiate the purchase and transition of ownership terms, help establish a business purchase loan, and monitor and help the new owners successfully run and grow their new business.

RedTire is available to all graduates of a Kansas Regents institution and to current Kansas business owners. Services are free. For details or to apply for services, visit

RedTire is an initiative of the KU Center for Entrepreneurship, housed within the KU School of Business. The program will be financed through existing KU business school funding streams.


FedEx cheers drivers who won honors in truck-driving competition

A number of drivers  representing FedEx Corp. companies placed among the top finishers at the 2012 Kansas State Truck Driving Championship recently held in Topeka.

Topeka-based FedEx Freight driver Don Logan won his sixth Kansas state title – this time in the flatbed class.

FedEx Freight driver Jason Taylor of Wichita captured the top spot in the 3-axle class and also posted the highest score in the Pre-Trip Inspection portion of the competition.

Daniel Stapleton, a driver for Q.I.C. Corp. in Lenexa, won the Straight Truck class.

FedEx Freight driver Jan Keith of Great Bend finished second in the flatbed competition, and freight drivers Jay Miller of Wichita finished third in the tank truck class.

Mike Gilstrap, owner of Fine Line Transportation in Coffeyville, took third place in the 5-Axle Sleeper Class.

Does low income taxes equals high growth?

It’s an article of faith by the Brownback administration and is what drove him and the Legislature to drastically cut taxes this year. This study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy assets that the evidence doesn’t support that conclusion.  In the study, the highest taxing states tied or outgrew the no-income tax state over the last decade.

Kansas Leadership members in town this week

Trips to a salt mine museum and a state prison — as well as briefings from Wichita business leaders — are on the agenda for members of Leadership Kansas during their visit to south-central Kansas this week.

Forty participants are expected to attend events starting Wednesday and ending Friday. The activities include tours of the Kansas Underground Salt Museum in Hutchinson, the state prison in El Dorado and Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita.

The group also will hear a presentation on downtown Wichita’s redevelopment and panel discussions on entrepreneurship.

Leadership Kansas, an affiliate of the Kansas Chamber, is a statewide program that aims to train and motivate future leaders across the state.

Are you making the average salary in your field?

Doctors and business executives make the most money. Who knew? But there is a lot more in the Kansas Department of Labor’s annual wage survey, so you can see what people in your field make.

Moeller Dermatology grows with expansion project

Moeller Dermatology and the Skin Enhancement Center are expanding their facilities in east Wichita.

According to a news release from the company, the 4,000-square-foot expansion will allow Moeller Dermatology to add staff and provide a wide array of physician expertise.

“We’re eager to begin the construction process and excited to see the final result,” Christopher A. Moeller, M.D., said in the release. “This expansion will provide us with the space needed to see additional patients, add providers and expand our capabilities.”

Moeller Dermatology is again working with Shelden Architecture, the original architects for the current 16,000-square-foot facility. Key Construction, which built the dermatology clinic in 2003, is in charge of the project. It is slated for completion by December.

Alum’s donation funds Britt M. Brown Scholarship at WSU

A recent major contribution of $100,000 from Wichita State University alumnus Britt M. Brown to the WSU Foundation has created the Britt M. Brown Scholarship in Business.

According to a news release from WSU, Brown was inspired to establish the scholarship by his son Ruse, who graduated from Wichita State in 2007 and now works alongside him at UBS Financial Services.

“It’s a gift that demonstrates his passion for business and student education,” said Terre Johnson, WSU Foundation vice president for major gifts.

Brown earned a bachelor’s of business administration degree in 1974 and served on the WSU Foundation Board of Governors (now known as the National Advisory Council) for 12 years.

Marketing agency Flatland Studio adds mobile branch

Flatland Studios, a marketing and public relations agency, has announced the launch of Flatland Mobile ( ), a mobile marketing and media services company providing a range of services.

Founded by James Barfield and Brock Brown, Flatland Studios is the only African-American owned full-service mobile marketing agency in Kansas, according to a news release from the company.

For a limited time, Flatland Mobile, which is based in Wichita, said it would waive setup fees for new customers. Interested potential customers can text “Flatlandmobile to 72727 for more information.

Flatland Mobile’s mission is to power the mobile phone as a primary communication tool through delivery of targeted, high-value interactive content. As an extension of Flatland Studios, Flatland Mobile serves such industries as dealerships, bars, churches, nonprofits, real estate, restaurants and retail.

Wesley’s Galichia earns accreditation from chest pain group

Wesley’s Galichia Heart Hospital has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, according to an email sent by Wesley Medical Center today.


The SCPC is an international nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.

Farmers show respect for the dead, compassion for the living

GARDEN PLAIN  — We’ve written a lot of stories over the years about farmers who have harvested the crops of a neighbor who has gotten sick or died. They never cease to amaze me. I wrote about one a couple weeks ago when the friends and family of Raymond Rosenhagen cut his family’s fields.

Well, It happened again recently. According to a note from Sarah Simon, about 20 family, friends and neighbors showed up June 9 in honor of Mike Weber of the Garden Plain area who passed away from cancer in February at age 45. They cut more than 200 acres of wheat. It’s another testament to the power of community still present in Kansas. Here’s some of his obituary:

Life-long farmer, trustee of Garden Plain Township Board, and St. Mary’s Men’s Club Member. He was born May 19, 1966 to Clarence and Clara (Hermes) Weber. Survived by wife, Marsha (Panek) and step-children Blake and Lori Withrow; siblings Jerry of Wichita, Darlene (Lewis) Weir of Russellville, AR, Jim (Anne) of Garden Plain, Jane (Don) Duvall of Kansas City, Mo., Kate (Joe) Hoheisel of Goddard, Ida Mae (Dave) Hommertzheim of Wichita, Beverly Rausch of Garden Plain, Bernice of Wichita, Lucille (Brian) Strunk of St. Mark’s. Preceded in death by parents, brother-in-law Jim Rausch, and niece Ashley Strunk.