|CareerQuest partnership helps propel growth of Wichita-developed KNOXX job platform
|A career fair company and a job platform, both based in Wichita, have formed a partnership that the businesses’ owners say will be mutually beneficial to job seekers and employers.
As it turns out, the arrangement is likely to benefit both businesses, CareerQuest and KNOXX, too.
KNOXX is a job platform created by Mike Mathia, owner of Insights Career Consulting, with development work by the Wichita firm Entermotion. Mathia says it has several features that distinguish it from other career sites,…
|AT&T expanded U-Verse to 10,500 new Wichita-area locations last year
|AT&T made capital improvements in 2014 that included making 35 wireless network upgrades and bringing U-Verse Internet, video and voice services to 10,500 additional customer locations.
The company released details of its 2014 network upgrades this week.
Its 2014 projects included adding cell sites, expanding network capacity and creating new wireless high-speed Internet connections.
AT&T says that between 2012 and 2014, its network investments in the Wichita area have totaled more than $100 million.…
|Deadline approaching for K-State Launch a Business program
|Wichita-area startups are among those eligible for Kansas State University’s Launch a Business program, which started last year.
The free program, sponsored by Kansas State Bank, is accepting applications through March 31 from early-stage companies. Application details are available on K-State’s website.
Up to 20 startups or concepts will be selected to take part, including up to 10 whose work concerns global food systems. Program leaders say they’re looking for startups that have identified…
|$2M renovation of JCB Labs’ Wichita office progressing
|JCB Laboratories is remodeling its Wichita headquarters.
The company, a sterile injectable compounding pharmacy, is in the midst of a project to convert its 50,000-square-foot building at 8710 E. 34th Street North into new clean-air labs to make injectable pharmaceuticals. Shipping and receiving areas, offices and a conference room also are part of the project.
Sauerwein Construction Co. Inc. has pulled a commercial building permit for the work valued at $2 million.
The renovation is expected…
|‘It’s crushing’: Wichita entrepreneurs on depression in the startup world
|When Bill Ramsey started a Wichita IT company in 2001, he was at the center of the brand. He called it The Bill Guy Technology Solutions Inc., and “The Bill” was a cheerful tech guru.
“Behind the scenes, I was just miserable,” he says.
Ramsey says he struggled for years with depression — something he tried to handle mostly on his own. His role as a business owner was a major factor.
“You’re putting in 80-hour weeks, everyone is relying on you,” he says. “I like the challenge…
|WSU’s applied technology institute adding student staff
|The Applied Technology Acceleration Institute at Wichita State University has secured technology development agreements worth a total of $2 million, and it’s adding eight student employees as a result.
WSU announced Thursday that the institute is hiring business students to work as business and marketing analysts, technical marketing developers, Web and software developers and test validation engineers.
The institute expects to hire up to 30 students during the next two years.
The Applied Technology…
|MakeICT sees potential to strengthen community ties from new Douglas Design District location
|MakeICT leaders are hoping to add members and build new community partnerships from a new location at 1500 E. Douglas that is nearly three times the size of its current site.
The Wichita makerspace has been operating out of a portion of the now-closed Bluebird Arthouse building at 924 W. Douglas, but leaders say they've outgrown the space.
They've been discussing new real estate for the past few months. Treasurer and co-founder Jens Torell says MakeICT had been pursuing a site at 151 S. Laura,…
|Nitride Solutions closes on $3 million in funding
|Wichita-based Nitride Solutions on Wednesday announced it has closed on a round of $3 million in new funding.
The company said in a press release that the funding comes with the addition of Hansol Chemical, Greenpoint Global Mittelstand Fund and Silicon Pastures Angel Investment Network to its investors group.
Nitride CEO Jeremy Jones said the addition of the first two new partners will give the company important ties to markets in Asia.
"With Hansol, we are gaining an important partner in Korea…
|Public television in Kansas finds a new revenue stream — mobile ads
|Kansas Public Television Service's state funding has declined from $467,000 in 2007 to about $52,000 this year, but that's not the only reason President and CEO Michele Gors decided something needed to change.
She says she knew television audiences and their habits were changing.
"We needed a vision, a plan that evolved us beyond just the television screen," she says. "People's viewing habits are so sporadic. ... We feel like we have to engage with the community now more on different levels."
|Through Independent School/MakeICT partnership, video games are an educational opportunity
|It's three minutes before the bell rings to start the 2:35 p.m. course at the Independent School's middle school.
Already, several sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders are seated and zoned into their laptop screens. They're making 2-D video games in which characters collect coins, avoid bad guys or blow up enemies.
It's fun — enough fun that students ask for permission to work on their games at home (the answer is yes). But Head of School Milt Dougherty says skills like math, art, logic and problem-solving…