UPDATED — Less than a decade after starting Optometric Billing Solutions in a home basement, sisters Branda Barton and Brooke Armstrong are making their third move to a new building.
At 21,000 square feet, this one should last a while. The sisters are in negotiations to buy the former SecureNet building at 10501 W. Hampton Lakes in Maize.
Though they say the space is nice and that the $1.6 million in industrial revenue bonds the city is giving them in the next three years will be helpful, Armstrong says they would have had the same things in Wichita.
“To be honest, it really was the city of Maize,” she says of the decision to locate there.
“The sense of community in that place was amazing,” Armstrong says. “Branda and I … really left there with the sense and impression of community and values. Their whole culture just seemed really in line with what we value as a corporation.”
City Administrator Richard LaMunyon says the city felt the same about them.
“We just really kind of hit it off,” he says. “They were just excited about their business. You could tell that they were professional in what they were doing.”
He says that’s important because the company will be one of the larger private ones in Maize, and he expects it to be there for some time to come.
“It has great potential for growth.”