Daily Archives: Nov. 9, 2012

Superior Computer Supply changes name to Superior Office

WICHITA — After almost three decades in business, Superior Computer Supply has rebranded itself Superior Office.

Purchasing manager Jessica Pates says the company hired a new sale representative at the beginning of the year, and as he made calls, it became clear the old name was presenting some obstacles.

“They’d automatically refer us to the computer guy or the IT department,” she says. “We wanted to make sure that we were presenting ourselves in a way that people knew … what we did right when we walked in the door.”

When Superior Computer Supply opened in 1984, the company mainly sold supplies for computers. As technology evolved, Pates says, Superior “headed more toward office supplies.”

Today, that’s primarily what the company sells.

The 13-employee company hopes to compete more on a national level, and Pates says the name change should help with that.

“When they search office supplies in Wichita or Kansas or hopefully nationally, ours will be one of the very first sites to pop up,” she says.

“It’s going to mean a lot of growth in the future.”

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“I’m probably the only armed baker in town.”

Bruce Reesman, who owns Smart Security and Investigations, Not Just A Cop Shop and Twizted Confections, a bakery that opened this week in Normandie Center

ICT S.O.S. has new home at Mead’s Corner

WICHITA — ICT S.O.S., which is a grassroots effort to fight human trafficking, is getting a new home.

The group has been located in founder Jennifer White’s house, but as of next week it will be in an office on the second floor of Mead’s Corner at Douglas and Emporia.

“They’ve been kind of looking at how they want to rework the coffee shop both from an operations standpoint and a ministry outreach standpoint,” White says.

First United Methodist Church owns Mead’s Corner.

White says the church wanted to take on a cause that the coffee shop could support.

“We’ve now formed a partnership with them … to kind of be that signature ministry for them,” she says. “I’m a huge fan of Mead’s anyway.”

White says the move is coming at a good time for ICT S.O.S., which she formed in March 2011.

“We’re kind of in this spot where we’re trying to figure out, OK, what’s the next step for us?”

She says she likes that Mead’s is centrally located.

“It’s a place that people come and work and have Bible studies and book clubs, so it makes sense for us to be someplace we can be more visible and more connected to the community.”

Without a public space, White says, “We’re not as accessible to people as we can be if we have an actual location.” She adds, “This will allow us to kind of expand as well.”

In addition to the office, there’s a conference room on the second floor, or the group could meet downstairs in the coffee shop.

White admits it’s not only the space that has her excited. There’s a side benefit to locating there, too.

“What’s better than having a work space that has amazing coffee downstairs?”