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Stories from entrepreneurs


Entrepreneurs have fascinating, dynamic stories. They are all different. What is similar is their Entrepreneur Factor. Their "E-Factor." Experience their candid stories with us.

Wayne Bell District Director, Small Business Administration

June 7, 2024

"In this community... you really are one phone call away from an opportunity." -Wayne Bell, District Director SBA

Entrepreneurs need to know and understand the resources they have available to them so they can continue to deliver greater value for their customers.  The SBA has an enormous amount of resources.  When an Institution has so much to offer constituents, it can be overwheling.  This is why Wayne Bell and his team at the SBA are so important to know.  

Build your team and create a relationship with people.  The tools the SBA has need navigating and Wayne has spent the last 16 years helping businesses-- giving them a greater chance to succeed.  

I am grateful to know Wayne Bell.  His honest and humble Leadership continues to inform business and entrepreneurship in our community. 



Samantha Lucciarini, Entrepreneur/Publisher Real Producers Wichita

June 3, 2024

"I have had to get so comfortable with being uncomfortable... keep risking, because its worth it." -- Samantha Lucciarini

When you find what you love, what you are good at and it brings you success, it doesn't mean that you will not face a tough road.  This is the journey of the Entrepreneur.  

Knocked down? Get up.

Samamtha found her love when she found Real Producers, a real estate magazine that celebrates the best of the industry.  And she clebrates them, "loves on them" as she joyfully says.  She is at her best when she is doing that. 

Its not easy to be successful.  It is even harder to stay successful.  Staying there is the measure of the human being.  Samantha measures up.  Knocked down.  Got up.  And she is better now than ever. That means her Customers, her Clients, her beloved Real Estate community will flourish as she works hard for them every day.   

She is a success story and she is going to stay there.  Life is "beautiful when your mindset is great." 



Golf with Corey Novascone, 14x State Champ Coach, FirstTee Program Director

May 27, 2024

"When you Play, Play for something." - Corey Novascone

Congratulations to Coach Novascone and his boys of Kapaun Mt. Carmel on a 2024 Team State Championship and to Asher Whitaker, 2024 Individual Champion.

Golf is a remarkable game.  So many of us play it, or try to, and very few are excellent at it.  No one beats it.  It is a game of honor, respect and individual accountability.  These are principles that allow all of us to Live and Lead in life.  

Coach Corey Novascone declares, "Golf has given me everything." And he, in turn, gives back to golf through Coaching and Leadership.  

The First Tee program is the definition of Leadership in Life through its programs that offer development to Youth.  It is successful.  The First Tee has positively affected thousands of kids.  

Golf is a great game.  Find a way to make it part of your life. 

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Michael Gregory, The Collaboration Effect, Author/Entrepreneur/Conflict Resolution

May 16, 2024

"You gotta take the chance. You cannot sit and aggressively wait for the phone to ring."               -Michael Gregory

Mike Gregory will improve your Business.  He is a self-proclaimed "data driven" guy. And the real strength in that is his application of the data.  He has helped resolve conflict negotiations within large scale Corporations, Start-ups, Family Businesses and the Department of the Treasury.  Conflict resolution at any scale is complicated.  He helps because he never forgets that we are human beings and we all need to be treated that way.  Constantly learning, listening to people and taking action are his best attributes and he can teach us how we can apply them and improve our daily lives.



Sean Gates, Founder Gates Institute gates

May 13, 2024

"Mentoring needs to be Revolutionized. The Talents of our Children are going to waste."  -Sean Gates/ Founder

The reason we get up every day and [should] work towards a "worthy ideal" is the collisions that can take place with other Human Beings.  I am so grateful I collided with Sean Gates.  His work daily is towards a "progressive realization of a worthy ideal."

That ideal?-- alerting society that our chilren are not being given the tools to prepare them for thier future and we all need to participate in fixing that.

He calls it the "Child Industry" and Sean doesn't like the business model or the results.  So he is doing something about it.  The Gates Institute is an Individual approach to child mentoring with Accountability and a focus on Outcomes.

"We live in such a fake world.  These children are dying for something Real!" Sean asserts.

I am grateful I met Sean.  He shares how he helps and why.  

We all have work to do.



Phil Mershon, Author/Creator of Experience/Entrepreneur

May 7, 2024

Being present with people, "I think it's the way that humans are designed to work together."  -- Phil Mershon

Phil is back on the because Experience is a BIG subject.  

Every day is full of experiences.  How are we setting ourselves apart and creating and undeniable experience?



Ashley Moore, Entrepreneur Owner/Operator Interiors by Design Gallery

April 29, 2024

"We pride ourselves on Customer Service; mindful, strategic and efficient with your time."     -Ashley Moore

Ashley gives of herself every day.  It benefits all who know her, work with her.. and even those who don't.  Entrepreneurs must adapt.  And as Ashley says, "my purpose hasn't changed. My job desription has."

The admiration I have for her Leadership is becuase of her willingness to share the tough times along with the success.  That is Leadership.




John Culver, Owner/Operator Parks Motors

April 22, 2024

"I've learned a lot more from my mistakes than I have from my triumphs." -- John Culver

I have yet to meet a successful Entrepreneur who does not stress Hard Work and the necessity of good People to help you achieve your goals.

John Culver is no acceptation.  His professional life and professional success comes from a foundation of Hard Work.  Success seems to proliferate when a few more ingredients are added: a Mission Statement, great People and doing what you say you are going to do.

With Integrity you can persist.  And John Culver's career speaks to all of these attributes.  I am grateful to have this conversation because the formula for success is undeniable and John's story represents this relationship. 



Commissioner Ryan Baty, Father/Entrepreneur/Leader

April 15, 2024

"I am a Localist. In Sedgwick County we need to sew seeds Relationally. Great leaders cast Vision." --Ryan Baty

Commissioner Ryan Baty is leading through the relationships he is creating.  We have a lot of issues to solve in Sedgwick County and in the Greater Wichita area.  We can solve those problems through communication and collaboration.  Ryan Baty ran on message to make Sedgwick County a safer and more productive place to live and he is doing that by not following the status quo.  

Commissioner Baty is giving us all a chance to work together because that is how we solve local problems.  And we al need to be Localists.  This is our community and we do deserve to make it the best place to live and thrive.  

I am grateful for his leadership.



Curt Gridley, a Tribute

April 8, 2024

Curt Gridley loved being with his family.  Curt loved solving problems and helping others solve theirs.  And he solved a lot of difficult problems.  His methodical approach gave people an insight into his thought process.  This allowed others to learn and to be inspired.  

Curt you continue to inspire us all.  You are missed.  Your legacy lives on through the problems you helped us solve.  Rest in peace. 



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Brandon Paulseen

Brandon Paulseen


Brandon has been working with entrepreneurs his entire professional career. An entrepreneur is not easily defined. They come from any background. Their path to success develops outside of traditional paradigms. This is why their stories are so intriguing. This is why we are all fascinated by their stories. what is consistent with all entrepreneurs is the unshakable belief in their desired goal and the will to just get it done.