Member Minute with Profile by Sanford Health

Member Minute profiles are meant to highlight Chamber member businesses in a format that can be read in a few minutes.
You may have heard about weight management program Profile by Sanford from their advertisements in local media. But did you know that all of the people in their advertisements feature real people who have found success with their program, not paid actors? We sat down with Certified Profile Coach Sam Schaefer (pictured) to learn more about the business and how they can help Wichita businesses.

Please tell us a little bit about your company.
Profile is a weight management program using coaching, technology and meal replacements to help our members lose weight and keep it off. Profile was developed in 2012 by physicians at Sanford Health; one of the country’s largest healthcare not-for-profit healthcare systems. Profile Wichita has 7 Profile Coaches who support over 500 members as they push toward their nutrition, activity and lifestyle goals. Our mission is to change lives one relationship at a time.

Why did you join the Chamber?
Joining the Chamber was a “no-brainer” and is the perfect way to add value to the Wichita business community. The most valuable part is having instant access to people and businesses in Wichita who need our services and we need theirs.

What is the best thing about doing business in the Wichita area?
I think the best thing about doing business here in Wichita is the ease of networking and abundant business growth opportunities. News travels fast in Wichita and we’re looking to deepen our roots in this city.

Describe your business’ most recent success.
Here in Wichita, our coaches and customized coaching experiences have helped our members lose over 9,000lb. Profile was recently named #60 in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top New 500 Franchises for 2017 and we’ve helped over 100,000 people lose a collective 1 million pounds.

To what do you attribute your success?
Profile’s success can be traced back to our physician advisory board, education and leadership team, but most importantly our coaches. Profile coaches are the heartbeat of our company. They build relationships with our members and are invested in their success.

What is your favorite Chamber event, program, or service?
Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) is one of my favorite Chamber programs. I look back to when I first joined YPW and the connections I made five years ago – fast forward to now, and I’m still in contact with them and our companies do business together.

What is something people may not know about you or your business?
Profile by Sanford is a not-for-profit and our revenue goes back to Sanford Health to support the research and development of cures for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other life-threatening health conditions.

What has Chamber membership brought to you and your business?
Chamber membership has opened a lot of doors for Profile. The networking, business development, volunteering and community engagement opportunities are endless.

Where do you see your organization in five years?
Profile will grow from the current 30 locations to over 60 in the next 3 years, some of which will expand into Canada. Here in Wichita, I see ourselves opening a 2nd location to provide more value to our current and future east-side members.

What about your business/organization are you most passionate?
My aim is to coach our members to their weight loss goal, but through education and lifestyle modification they’ll be able to maintain their weight loss for a lifetime.

Favorite business book?
The MomShift by Reva Seth. Women share their stories of career success after having children.

Complete this sentence: “When a customer walks into my business, they can expect…”
…an extremely high level of customer service. Don’t be surprised if your coach greets with you a smile and a handshake, asks about your kids’ last basketball tournament, and helps you carry your food to your car. It’s just part of our culture.

Is your company involved in any community/civic activities?
We have partnered with area school districts, small businesses and large corporations to provide a free comprehensive wellness program. We have also joined the Greater Wichita YMCA in raising funds to support their Strong Communities Campaign.

Is there anything else you would like to include?
Coaches can work with individuals with various health considerations and children as young as 8 years old (with a physician referral). Profile has also expanded to include a performance line of products and the knowledge to build meal plans to support athletes and active adults.

You can find Profile by Sanford Health in Wichita at 2616 N. Maize Rd., or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Would your company or organization like to be featured in a Member Minute profile? Just send your request or nomination to Courtney Sendall

Member Minute with Wichita Animal Action League

Member Minute profiles are meant to highlight Chamber member businesses in a format that can be read in a few minutes. This Interview was conducted by Intern Claire Harpool.

Wichita Animal Action League (WAAL) joined the Chamber in April of 2017. We sat down with Sarah Coffman (pictured), founder and executive director, in her new Town West adoption suite. Coffman said Wichita is a great place to be, especially with recent strides to becoming more animal friendly.

Tell me about your organization.
WAAL was founded in November of 2013, and we got our rescue license shortly after that. Our new store front is beneficial because it gives potential owners a place to come and meet the animals. People are coming to this location so they get to interact with the animals before they adopt them.

Where do you attribute your success?
Our volunteers and our foster parents. With the volunteers, I have learned if you ask for something, someone normally has a connection to get what we need. For example, volunteers painted our store and donated kennels.

Favorite Chamber event?
We’ve only been to one Chamber event so far, Exposure, and it was fantastic! We got to meet a lot of other businesses in town that could help us further our mission of rescuing animals in crisis. Plus, people loved the adoptable dogs we brought to the event and I think we might have found a few adopters and new fosters. It was great “exposure” for us!

Also, I loved our grand opening because everyone came out to the big ribbon cutting ceremony.

What has Chamber membership meant for your business?
A sense of credibility. When people donate to a nonprofit, it is sometimes difficult to know where your money is going and what it is doing. When people find out that we are a Chamber member, it lends a little more credibility that we are legitimate.

Where do you see your organization in five years?
I would really love to have small facility. Spaying and neutering is a really big focus for us with our Spay it Forward program, which pays for owners to have their animals spayed and neutered at no cost to them. So eventually I would love to have a spay and neuter clinic, with a small portion dedicated to housing animals upon intake and then moving them to foster homes.

On a scale of 1-10 how strongly would you recommend Chamber membership to a colleague?
I think it is really important for nonprofits. We have not been a member for long, but I can send the chamber staff an email about an idea I have and they help connect me with others who could help me execute it.

Complete this sentence: When a customer walks into my business they can expect_____?
Free kisses and cuddles! We have gotten a lot of foot traffic at our new location. When people walk by, they get this look on their faces; they want to come in but they know they can’t because then they will fall in love and adopt.

In your company involved in any community or civic committees?
I participate with the the Animal Control Advisory Board’s discussions, which recommends policy changes to Animal Control and City Council. That board is a double-edged sword because you want to keep people safe but you also want to give the animals a shot. I also am a part of the Spay and Neuter Advisory committee.

Anything else?
Last year we took 220 animals off of death row, and adopted out 172, so we have grown bigger every single year. This year we are on board to exceed both of those numbers, we also started our new Spay it Forward program, and by the end of the year we will have sterilized 274 dogs at no cost to their owners.

If you would like to get involved in the Wichita Animal Action League, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @WAALRescue, or on their website waalrescue.org.

Would your company or organization like to be featured in a Member Minute profile? Just send your request or nomination to Courtney Sendall

 

 

Member Minute with Midwest Single Source

Member Minute profiles are meant to highlight Chamber member businesses in a format that can be read in a few minutes. This Interview was conducted by Intern Claire Harpool.

The team at Midwest Single Source received some well-deserved recognition in August when the company was named the 24th largest distributor in sales throughout the United States (the only Kansas distributor included in the Top 50) by the Print Services and Distribution Association (PSDA).

The company was also chosen by the Wichita Urban Professionals as the Corporate Award Recipient at their 3rd annual Dreamchasers event. This award is given to a company that encourages diversity as displayed by its business practices and community presence.

Kevin Ulwelling is the President of Midwest Single Source Inc. “Both of these recognitions are special in their own way. To once again be one recognized as one of the leaders in our industry and documented by PSDA shows the consistency of sales we’ve maintained and expanded through the years,” he said. “The Corporate Award was a complete surprise, but it truly shows how involved and intertwined we are into the Wichita community and how many organizations we are lucky enough to partner with.”

Midwest Single Source has been a Chamber member for 30+ years.

Tell us about Midwest Single Source.
The company was founded by John H. Osborne in 1976. We are a distributor of office supplies, printing, promotional items, corporate apparel, furniture, mailing equipment and much more. We are headquartered in Wichita and have locations in Oklahoma City and an office with a warehouse in Topeka.

Tell us a little bit about Max.
We formally introduced Max in March of this year. He has always appeared on our marketing literature, but we had referred to him as the ‘Running Man’. There was a competition to officially name him and we invited our employees and customers to submit ideas through social media outlets. The winning name chosen was Max, to promote and remind our customers how they can ‘maximize’ their spend by utilizing our various business capabilities.

What is the best thing about doing business in the Wichita area?
Many businesses in the Wichita area appreciate and support their local business partners. We have been able to create very trusting and loyal long-term relationships with our customers that have progressed throughout the community.

What has the Chamber provided you?
An opportunity to communicate our services to other businesses in the area, especially through the Chamber’s platforms and events.

What has been the best thing about Chamber membership?
They do a good job recognizing members on milestones and awards they’ve received. The Chamber also does a great job with events. Exposure is phenomenal; Leadership Wichita is another great example.

Can you describe your most recent business success?
We recently hired Ashley Dalian as our Director of Sales Operations. Over the past three years, we have been looking for someone to lead our fantastic sales staff as we plan for future growth. We eventually did find the perfect candidate!

Where do you attribute your success?
We have allowed ourselves to evolve. We started as a two-man shop designing and printing forms. Gradually we started providing office supplies, which lead into promotional opportunities, followed by apparel and mail room solutions. We have a very forward-thinking owner who is not afraid to take some risks. He has allowed us to operate strategically. The bottom line is we have great people (52 employees in 3 locations).

What is your favorite chamber event and why?
I think it would have to be Exposure. It is very well run and promoted event. The intent and networking opportunity is excellent. It is a great celebration of all the local business.

On a scale from 1-10 how much would you recommend Chamber membership?
I would give it a 10. If you are in business in Wichita, then you need to continually increase your visibility with more people and the Chamber allows you to do that. Getting involved in the Chamber should be a no-brainer for any company.

What do people not know about your business that you would like them to know?
Our online capabilities rival many of the largest national companies. We are capable of building online stores for apparel, print, promotional items and more. Having these ‘company stores’ set up can save massive time and energy during the ordering process, while also controlling the brand that you want to celebrate!

What about your business are you most passionate about?
We are passionate about our online capabilities and getting the word out.  It is our goal to make it as easy as possible for our customers to place orders online. We will continue to invest in software and technology, as this is the direction many of our industries are going.

Complete this sentence when a customer walks into my business they will feel like…
They are the only customer we have. They will receive the timely response and the type of service that will make them continue to want to do business with us, regardless of size or needs.

Where do you see your business in five years?
We have a very aggressive sales growth plan, so it will be interesting to see how that flushes out. As our history has dictated, we will continue to look for additional ways to streamline our processes to better serve our customers.

Do you have a favorite business book?
I do; “The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace.” I most appreciate the book as it helps recognize where issues may be hidden, and outlines opportunities for dealing with certain situations.

Is your company involved in any civic or community activities?
We are involved in numerous activities including USD 259, Wine Fest, Air Capital Classic, Exposure and Bloktoberfest. We are also heavily involved with Wichita State University, Newman University, Friends University, and other school districts throughout the state.

You can catch up with Midwest Single Source and Max on their website, Facebook or Instagram.

Would your company or organization like to be featured in a Member Minute profile? Just send your request to Courtney Sendall or give her a call at 316-268-1153.