Sean Sandefur

Starting a small business is hard, and keeping it going is even harder. It’s estimated that only one in three make it to the 10-year mark. But an organization in Wichita is helping both new and existing businesses keep their dreams alive.

On a hot, blacktop parking lot, Summer Guerrero greets one of her regulars. She’s owned After Hours Auto Repair in Southwest Wichita with her husband Mark for seven years.

Inside, the couple pulls together some chairs in the waiting room, right next to the car manuals and vending machines.

Steve Jurvetson / Flickr / Creative Commons

One language trait I've noticed recently is a peculiar use of the word “around.”

Someone might be describing a new organizational initiative and say, “Let's get together and have a discussion around the new viral marketing campaign.” What the person would have said prior to the around ascendancy is, of course, “Let's get together and have a discussion about the new marketing campaign.”

So what's all this about around—or rather around it? Or whatever?

Results from the 10th annual Kansas Chamber CEO Poll were released Wednesday. The Chamber uses the results to assist in developing its agenda.

Project Director Pat McFerron says the survey showed strong support for continued state tax reform.

"Twenty-nine percent of Kansas business owners say that taxes are their top concern," says McFerron.

"It's the same percentage that we had last year and again, for 10 years it's been a top concern and this is asked at the start of the survey without us mentioning anything else."

The 2013 legislative session starts today; Secretary of State Kobach says business start-ups in Kansas area healthy; Homeless children in Wichita schools tops 1,800.

2013 Legislative Session To Commence

Monday marks the start of the 2013 legislative session. This could be one of the most significant sessions in years.


Kobach Says Business Startups 'Healthy'

Boeing Begins To Prepare Wichita Facility For Sale

Jan 9, 2013

Boeing officials say they will begin actively marketing the company's Wichita defense facilities by the end of January.

Company spokeswoman Kathleen Spicer says Boeing is working with the national real estate firm CBRE Group of Los Angeles to arrange the sale of the property.