Monthly Archives: October 2012

Rabbit breeders convention draws 3,500 to Wichita

Wichita welcomes rabbit breeders from across North America this week as the American Rabbit Breeders Association holds its national convention at Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center.

According to a news release from Go Wichita, about 3,500 hundred people and more than 21,000 rabbits and cavies – which include such animals as guinea pigs – are in Wichita for the event.

The association’s membership ranges from people  who raise one or two rabbits at a time as pets to commercial breeders.

The convention, in its 89th year, ends Wednesday.

Kansas trade center group gets $50,000 federal grant

The Kansas World Trade Center, which recently changed its name to Kansas Global Trade Services, will receive a $50,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the federal agency announced in a news release today.

The Rural Development grants will go to 112 recipients in 39 states, according to the release. Two of the grants will go to Kansas concerns.

The $50,000 grant to Kansas Global Trade Services is to be used to develop and test a pilot program that will expand international trade in rural communities.

The USDA said in its release that the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska will receive $92,445 grant to “create a long-term strategic plan for sustainable economic development on the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska reservation.”

Roger Hazard, home stager, to appear at Custom Cupboards.

TV’s Roger Hazard, home stager and former host of A&E’s “Sell This House,” will be in Wichita to offer some kitchen tips on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Hazard will be at Custom Cupboards showroom at 3738 S. Norman from 9 a.m. to noon.

The event is open to the public.

On the show, Hazard showed home sellers how to decorate their home to make it more appealing to potential buyers.

At Custom Cupboards, Hazard will talk about kitchen design trends and remodeling ideas. There also will be door prizes and a chance to win a design consultation with Hazard

Chenoweth Prichard to lead Wichita Community Foundation

Shelly Chenoweth Prichard will lead the Wichita Community Foundation as president and chief executive officer, the organization announced Thursday.

Prichard, who had most recently served as CEO of the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, begins work Nov. 14 in her new post, according to a news release.

A native of Newton, she has a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University. Before being employed by the Girl Scouts, Prichard worked for Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas.

Outdoor specialists to appear at Backwoods

Backwoods, an outdoors store at 1900 N. Rock Road, will host an appearance by speakers traveling as part of Get Out More.

According to a news release, the Get Out More Tour encourages outdoor recreation and adventures by spreading the word about the skills and equipments needed for different outdoor activities. The nationwide promotion is sponsored by Backpacker magazine.

The event at Backwoods starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 17.

Speakers Sheri and Randy Propster will discuss their personal explorations and experiences and talk about traveling light, enhancing weekend getaways, and going long as they offer advice about how to plan for more ambitious hikes or treks.

The event is open to the public.

Job fair set for Tuesday at Century II

About 55 employers, representing local companies and some from out of state, are expected to participate in a job fair Tuesday at Century II Exhibition Hall.

The Eagle’s annual Career Expo runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to those seeking jobs, according to a news release from the event’s organizer, Quantum Expositions.

Those attending are advised to dress professionally and to bring several copies of their resumes.

More information is available at

Verizon, Cox partnership comes to Wichita

Verizon Wireless and Cox Communications announced Thursday that they are partnering to offer customers in Wichita new bundles of products and services.

According to a news release, the two companies will be offering packages of Cox video, Internet and voice services and Verizon Wireless smartphones and tablets from either company. Customers can select packages from a range of offers that include video, Internet, home phone and 4G LTE mobile service, according to the release.

In May of this year, Verizon Wireless and Cox Communications kicked off the first market when they began selling each other’s services in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa.  Today’s announcement also includes markets launched in Omaha, Neb., and northwest Arkansas.

Wescon Products, Wescon Plastics sold to British-based company

Two Wichita businesses that are part of Latshaw Enterprises have been acquired by British-based Nova Capital Management, according to a news release issued by Nova Capital.

Wescon Products Company makes mechanical controls, cable assemblies and machined components, primarily for the lawn and garden sector.

Wescon Plastics is a manufacturer of custom plastic-injection molded parts, primarily for the battery and heavy duty truck industries.

According to its release, Nova Capital, a private equity group, also acquired three other subsidiaries of Latshaw Enterprises. They are:

MC Electronics Inc, which specializes in the assembly of custom electronic cables and full system integration and is based in Hollister, Calif.;

Coast Wire & Plastic Tech Inc, a manufacturer of custom electronic wire and cable products, based in Carson, Calif.;

And Anderson & Forrester Inc, a manufacturer of orifices, fittings and gauging tools for the natural gas and propane industries, based in Wheat Ridge, Colo.

The five acquired businesses have aggregate annual sales of about $90 million and emplo9y about 450 people.