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Expert to conduct marketing/sales workshop in Wichita for business owners this week

By: The Wichita Urban E-Community in partnership with the NetWork Kansas Entrepreneurship Community Partnership

Jon Schallert

Jon Schallert of the popular Longmont, Co. business development program, Destination Business BootCamp, is scheduled to appear in Wichita this week to present a community-based marketing/sales workshop and to reconnect with six Wichita business owners who attended his training in October.

The workshop, Increasing Sales and Profits as a Destination Business, is scheduled for Friday, December 15 from 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. at the WSU Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N., at the corner of 29th and Oliver. The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is available at:

On December 14, Schallert will conduct one-on-one consultations with the Wichita businesses, which include: Kris Dickinson, TheraPlay Spot; Andrew Gough, Reverie Coffee; Janelle King, The Workroom; Robert McMullin, Piatto Neopolitan Pizzeria; Marty Spence, Songbird Juice, and Stacy Ward Lattin, Hopping Gnome Brewing.

Wichita Urban DBC Participants

The group spent more than two days at Destination Business BootCamp learning ways to reposition their businesses as consumer destinations.

“It was great to spend time with everyone outside of our businesses in order to discuss challenges and business development ideas that are common among small business owners and entrepreneurs,” said Stacy Ward Lattin of Hopping Gnome Brewery. “The Bootcamp made me think differently about the ways I attract visitors and local customers to my business.”

The business owners attended thanks to a scholarship from the Wichita Urban E-Community in partnership with the NetWork Kansas Entrepreneurship Community Partnership. Participants were nominated by Urban E-Community members.

About NetWork Kansas:

NetWork Kansas was established as a component of the Kansas Economic Growth Act of 2004 to further entrepreneurship and small business growth as a priority for economic and community development in the State of Kansas. Backed by more than 500 partners statewide, the NetWork Kansas service promotes an entrepreneurial environment by connecting entrepreneurs and small business owners with the expertise, education and economic resources they need in order to succeed.

NetWork Kansas facilitates the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem within participating communities through the E-Community Partnership. Contributing factors to successful development include availability of financial capital, support by local leadership and development of educational resources. All of these factors combine to increase entrepreneurial activity in participating towns, leading to increased startup activity, business expansion, job creation and more.

For more information about NetWork Kansas or the E-Community Partnership, visit