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Prairie Glass Studio Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Original article posted to the Topeka Capital-Journal June 10, 2017. Artistic ability shown at an early age has helped Kymm Ledbetter in her life and business, allowing her to create a world for herself and the community by producing beautiful fused … Continue reading

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Export: A Growth Area for Small Businesses

  According to the U.S. Commercial Service, small businesses “have vast untapped export potential.” Despite the fact that many people associate international trade with large companies, big businesses make up only a small portion of U.S. exporters. Although fewer than … Continue reading

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Social Media and Employer Brand

In the age of social media ubiquity, the world of hiring has undergone (and continues to undergo) drastic changes. Instead of searching newspaper classifieds, many job seekers now do Google searches, check out sites such as and, check … Continue reading

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5 Rules of Design

The line between good design and bad design can be crossed by simply using the wrong font. Design, just like any other profession out there, has rules to it, and breaking those rules can be the difference in getting a … Continue reading

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From Boots to Arts

Congratulations to Tana and Tommy Davis on the opening of Prairie Horizons Studio for the Creative Arts! I first met 1SG(R) Tommy Davis in September of 2016, when he was attending Boots To Business at Fort Riley. At the time, Tommy … Continue reading

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Sales Tax: What Kansas Photographers and Artists Need to Know

Since I am not a tax specialist, I asked Carl York, Tax Specialist with the Kansas Department of Revenue to review this article for me before publication and would like to thank him for sharing his expertise. ….. How exciting … Continue reading

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5 Strategic Digital Marketing Priorities of 2017

When it comes to the world of marketing, it seems to constantly change at a rapid pace that feels impossible to keep up with. Between changing consumer preferences and the frequent updates to social media platforms, it can feel pretty … Continue reading

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