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Up until this past year, Aaron Lee Martin performed regularly at venues around Wichita. Now, the worship leader at Hope Community Church in Andover is finding new ways to connect with others.

This week on The Range, Martin talks about how the pandemic has changed his approach to storytelling.

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Houseplants are back — in a big way. Just ask Tillie’s Flowers.

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While getting his master’s degree from Wichita State University, Jesse Marks wrote his thesis on food insecurity.

Along the way, he discovered that food waste is a major problem, too.

He learned that a typical American family adds more than 500 pounds of food scraps to landfills each year.

Latest Round Of PPP Could Better Benefit Black-Owned Businesses

Feb 19, 2021

The good news about the new $5 billion of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds approved by Congress in December is that Congress made some favorable revisions just to help small businesses and businesses owned by people of color.


The phone rang at 4 a.m. on the West Coast, rousing Angela Muhwezi-Hall from a dead sleep. Normally, calls at such times are bad news.

But this was opportunity calling.

“Now is the time that we have to start working on QuickHire,” her sister, Deborah Gladney, announced from Wichita.

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For more than 130 years, the Mahaney Group has helped build Wichita.

The company — better known as Mahaney Roofing until a name change in 2019 — has worked on many local landmarks, like Wichita High School (now called Wichita East) in 1923, and the original University of Wichita roundhouse in 1955.

These days, the company is earning a reputation for its work in helping to build people as well.

Over the last decade, the Mahaney Group has pursued a philosophy to assist employees who want to create a better life for themselves and their families.

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Black Friday normally acts as the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season.

But 2020 upended that tradition ... like so many others.

Brandon Steven is well known as the owner of health clubs and car dealerships that, until the COVID-19 pandemic, collectively employed more than 6,000 people in Wichita.

So when Congress offered relief to small-business owners last month through the CARES Act, it looked like Steven’s different businesses might be able to benefit from the law.

There was just one catch: Steven pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor charge of hiding gambling ledgers and was sentenced to three years of probation.

Wichita Stores To Participate In Small Business Saturday

Nov 19, 2018

Black Friday is the big shopping day this week — but if you’d prefer to go small, you’re in luck.

Wichita is again participating in Small Business Saturday, a nationwide initiative. The “holiday” aims to get shoppers into local brick-and-mortar stores. That’s done by offering discounts and deals similar to those offered by large retailers during the holiday shopping season.

For some businesses, the event may be the push they need to become established, said Spice Merchant owner Bob Boewe.

Local Shops To Participate In Small Business Saturday

Nov 25, 2016
Visit Wichita

Visit Wichita is encouraging holiday shoppers to remember the value of local stores during this weekend's Small Business Saturday event.

Small Business Saturday is an annual event created by the credit card company American Express in 2010. Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the day has steadily become its own annual holiday shopping tradition. According to Jessica Sawatski with Visit Wichita, a lot of small local businesses will offer treats, discounts and special merchandise.