Entrepreneurship 101: Getting Started

ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101

Starting your own venture is a daunting task. But it’s better with friends to help you along the way.

This series is built around the idea that the trials, challenges and successes of entrepreneurs can inform and inspire others to follow in their footsteps. These business leaders provide insight drawn from their unique experiences in getting started, embracing change, finding your niche and more.


THE ENTREPRENEURS


JENNY HELMS

Helms is the owner of Soma Therapy and Counseling, as well as a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist who focuses on treating eating disorders and healing relational trauma. Soma serves as holistic mental health practice with two locations in Wichita.


GRAHAM KRIZEK

Krizek is the founder and CEO of Voltage, a Bitcoin infrastructure provider that allows companies to use Bitcoin and the Lightning Network in a faster, more scalable way. As one of the first movers in this space, he excited be on the front end of this new frontier.


BEN WOLFF

Wolff is both an entrepreneur and intrapreneur. He is one of the founders of Ad Astra Medical Devices, a company that is commercializing a single patient stethoscope. Wolff also works in business development for IdeaTek, a fiber optic internet provider focused on internet freedom for all.


PART 5: GETTING STARTED


In this episode, a new set of entrepreneurs discuss what comes next to turn your business idea into reality.

As an added bonus, we've included extra insight from our entrepreneurs:


“The first year was a lot of hard work, a lot of reframing things and pivoting and failing and learning through those failures. But failure is not the end game, it's an opportunity. If I didn't have that mindset, I don't think I would've gotten through that first year.Jenny Helms - Soma Therapy

There are so many emotions when opening a business. It’s a lot of, ‘Holy cow. People are actually using this and I'm getting paying customers. This is crazy.’ And then there’s, ‘who am I to build this? Like, can I even execute on this?’ That self-doubt will happen. But you just have to jump in. There’s only so much you can prepare for.Graham Krizek - Voltage

When I was younger, I just threw more time at problems. That's not scalable, it doesn't create a good life. There's always more things that you want to do, then you have time for. But the key is to be very effective with every minute that you have.Ben Wolff - Ad Astra Medical Devices

NEXT STEPS:


For a simple look at the perception challenge, check out this short video


Dig deeper into the findings and explore James Chung's report


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The Final

Report

We’ve never pulled punches before, so we won’t start now:

The Chung Report is ending.

Not because Wichita’s economy has stabilized. Not because we are retaining our top talent. Not because we have adequate capital flow to local entrepreneurs. And not because we have solved our perception issues. Those original four challenges are still there. But because our goal has always been to unify friends, competitors, colleagues and strangers to join the fight for a better Wichita. That we have done.

The Chung Report has always been about trying to highlight the best of our city and the people who work to make it better. Citizens who care deeply and are steadfast in the mission to rise above our projected decline. Wichita is a city of doers and dreamers - builders and achievers. And for all you who hear this call - it’s your moment.

Journalism matters and we want to demonstrate our commitment to it and this community with an investment in the News and Information Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation.

The goals are still the same: we’re fighting for an equitable and inclusive community, a thriving business environment, a steady flow of diverse talent, innovative ideas and a healthy sense of civic pride. And this fight is not just for us, but for generations to come.

Wichita needs you. How will you respond?


Let Us Know At 316-749-4520.

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