Business Growth: 2015 Fall Issue


Last Word with Marlou Wegener

Marlou Wegener Manager of Community Relations, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Chief Operating Officer, BCBSKS Foundation Who do you admire? Recently, I have been thinking a lot about…


Trends That Will Impact the Success of Downtown Topeka Redevelopment

By Ken Schmanke, Commercial Real Estate Advisor CBRE Trends in commercial real estate reveal opportunities and obstacles. If you are a stakeholder in the redevelopment of Downtown Topeka, here are…


10 Leadership Characteristics All Leaders Should Strive to Improve

By Kristin Scott, MSM, PHR, CERP Human Resource Consultant Scott HR Hundreds of books and thousands of articles describe leadership characteristics and traits.  While most people would agree that the…


Q. What is an elder law attorney?

By Emily Donaldson, CELA, Attorney Stevens & Brand LLP When I tell people I am an elder law attorney, I often receive a quizzical expression in return, followed by the…


Emotional Intelligence & Political Savvy

By Esmond Alleyne, MBA, PA Emotional intelligence is not agreeableness, optimism, happiness, calmness or motivation. These qualities have little to do with emotional intelligence. Nonetheless, emotional intelligence is quite important…


Made in Topeka: Cashmere Gourmet Popcorn

By Melissa Brunner Photos by Melissa Brunner When life gives you lemons, make popcorn! That’s pretty much how Cashmere Gourmet Popcorn got its start. Angie and Bill Anderson started selling…


Made in Topeka: Hazel Hill Chocolate

By Melissa Brunner Photos by Melissa Brunner You see cases lined with fudge, peanut clusters and candy-crusted apples, but it could be argued that what Hazel Hill Chocolate really sells…


Made in Topeka: Prairie Glass Studio

By Melissa Brunner Photos by Melissa Brunner Call her an entrepreneur. Call her self-sufficient. You might even call her a fighter. Kymm Hughes will say she’s an artist who’s learned…


The Rise of a Superhero

By Lisa Loewen Photo by Jason Dailey Jon Haas’ metal fabricating aspirations began in shop class at Seaman High School where he had a vision to build weight lifting equipment….


Man of Steel

By Lisa Loewen Photos by Jason Dailey Jon Haas might not be faster than a speeding bullet or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but this man…