Jim Holt of Mid American Credit Union
The April Sunrise Scrambler event is always devoted to learning lessons from our Small Business Awards finalists. It’s a rare opportunity to hear directly from some of our must successful business leaders. We’ve summarized some of the insights that were shared at today’s Scrambler by each of our speakers. All ten of the award finalists are profiled in today’s Wichita Eagle, so be sure to follow the links below to learn more from each of their success stories. See photos from today’s event here.
—Ashley Thill, President & CEO of Zernco
It’s important for the company’s new leader to build their own team when leadership transition takes place.
—Chock Chapple, CEO of Chapple Insurance Group
Providing excellent customer service is instrumental to your success. The key components of growth are ensuring that you have good associates, clients, and vendors.
—Levi Mabe, Director of Development for Cassandra Bryan Design
Internet presence is critical for your business. It’s imperative for your customers to be able to locate you quickly so that you can provide the solutions they need.
—Jim Holt, President of Mid American Credit Union
Dedication to providing world-class service produces growth and success. Spend time with each staff member to engage, educate and inspire service improvements that will differentiate your business.
—Ken Stoppel, President of Building Controls and Services
– A blend of hard work and intelligence assures success, but hard work is the most important of the two attributes.
-Communicating properly, effectively and promptly helps convey your integrity.
-Demonstrating honesty, dignity, and respect in all of your conversations, especially the difficult ones, is imperative.
-Combining people and technical skills results in optimal success.
-Starting your own business requires a great deal of sacrifice and passion.
—Maurice Linnens, President of Kansas Truck Equipment
Becoming a business owner is a challenging and an incredible experience. Don’t delay getting started.
—Dawn Truman, President of J. P. Weigand & Sons
Creating and maintaining a culture that allows employees to grow personally and professionally is imperative. Show appreciation by celebrating your employees’ milestones and visibly demonstrate your care for them when they encounter challenging situations.
—Brandon Wilson, President of Icon Structures
Diversification is satisfying and enjoyable for business owners and employees. Cross-training ensures success.
—Pat Robinson, President of Mize & Company
Resilient employees are a huge key to business success. Hire people who provide peer pressure to produce results and are always willing to do more.
—Ronnie Leonard, President of Balco
Rigorous testing and continual product enhancement ensure that you are providing your customers with the best possible products.
The Small Business Awards Luncheon is less than three weeks away. You’ll want to attend on May 7, when the2014 Small Business of the Year Award winners are announced. Be sure to register soon!