ABOUT US

Create Campaign, Inc. began as an event in 2015 in partnership with the Entrepreneurship Task Force and

has now grown to a standalone organization featuring four focus areas and programming in Wichita and

Kansas City, Kansas.

Our Mission:

Activating urban entrepreneurs in Kansas to launch, innovate and grow

Our Vision: 

To serve as the hub of minority business development, growth and innovation in Kansas

 

SINCE 2015

IMPACT

  • ENTREPRENEURS SERVED: 1,553+

  • EVENTS HELD: 32

  • MICROLOAN FUND: $45,000+ IN FUNDS AVAILABLE (launched in 2018)

  • MICROLOANS FUNDED: 3 (since 2018)

  • DEALS REPRESENTING $30k+ IN FUNDS DEPLOYED

  • LEGALLY-STRUCTURED BUSINESSES: 10

  • BUSINESS STARTS SUPPORT: 20+

Create Campaign founder

christina m. long

Christina M. Long is an entrepreneur and community-builder. 

The 39-year-old Wichita native brings more than 15 years of communication and design experience to CML Collective, LLC, her graphic design and communication services company that she launched in 2013 after successful careers in education and journalism reporting for The Wichita Eagle. 

Among her numerous honors, Christina was named the Kansas Minority Business Advocate by the Kansas Department of Commerce's Office of Minority and Women Business in 2018.

Connect with Christina | via email and on social at @cmlcollective

 

President/CEO, Create Campaign, Inc.

 

Create Campaign STAFF

IESHA HENDERSON

Iesha Henderson, a Wichita native and Derby resident, brings graphic design and communication services talent to Create Campaign, Inc. In addition to enhancing Create Campaign's branding, Henderson also provides client and event support. 

Henderson joined Create Campaign in 2019 in a contractual role and became the organization's first staff member in 2020. Henderson earned her BA in graphic design from Wichita State University. 

What she hopes to accomplish with Create Campaign? -  to gain as much knowledge as I can being in the professional field of graphic design. I not only want to expand myself, but to also help Create Campaign grow and help others further their businesses and help them as much as I can creatively. I hope in the future be able to train others on how to further expand their business. 

Connect with Iesha via email.

 

Administrative Support Specialist, Create Campaign, Inc.

 

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Board of directors

Jolanda Hamilton

Treasurer

CFO/Vice President

Skyward Bound Solutions, LLC

Jana e. henderson

Secretary

Grants/Contracts Specialist

Wichita State University

GARY OBORNY

President/CEO

Occidental Management

JOSHUA ENLOW

Owner/Founder

ProTech

shekima smith, cpa

Assurance Manager

EY

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Aaron Bastian

President

Fidelity Bank

dell gines

Senior Community Development Advisor

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City- Omaha Branch

SHAWN BAUMAN

Accountant

Sabala, Harmon & Case
CPAs, PA

Robin Needham

SVP Small Business Lending

SBA Lending Specialist

Emprise Bank

ANGIE FRANKLIN

Wichita Branch Manager

Great Plains Federal Credit Union

Darrius Wright

President

Kansas Business Services, LLC

DAVE SEILER

VP Operations and Compliance

Koch Minerals and Trading

 

WHAT ENTREPRENEURS 

ARE SAYING ABOUT CREATE CAMPAIGN

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- I am so grateful to have had an opportunity to attend a Create Campaign forum. I discovered several valuable resources and it was comforting to know that there is a great support system for small business owners here in Wichita. 

- When I hear the words Create Campaign I think small business empowerment; small business information; build your network. I have learned the difference between a small business and a hobby. I have several new contacts and ideas on how to create my new small business when I'm ready. Knowledge is power. I had no idea there was so much help here for small business development!

 - I look forward each year because it inspires me to set goals and follow my dreams.

- I must find funding. It's time for me to take off. I am grateful for the access of information.

- ...it helped me really understand the next steps I need to take to grow my business.

- Our company would not exist without Create Campaign! 

WHAT OUR PARTNERS ARE SAYING ABOUT CREATE CAMPAIGN

“The Create Campaign has been a tremendous source of support for the Center for Entrepreneurship’s efforts to bring early stage ideas into the innovation ecosystem being built in this  community.  

The Create Campaign helps identify and develop these entrepreneurs and make them aware of the resources available to them. “

MARK TORLINE - DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AT WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY

“We have found the Create Campaign to be one of the most effective ways to connect African American and other under-served entrepreneurs with resources that help them start or grow their businesses."

STEVE RADLEY - PRESIDENT/CEO, NETWORK KANSAS

“Working with Christina and the Create Campaign has allowed us to better understand the needs of the minority business owner community and while there is still work to be done by professional service firms in the business community, the Create Campaign continues to be a guiding light and inspiration for all of us.” – Richard Stevens, Attorney at Law

RICHARD STEVENS - ATTORNEY

 

LEAD PARTNERS and sponsors

NetWork Kansas is growing an entrepreneurial environment in Kansas by cultivating resources to start and grow small businesses. We are a statewide network of non-profit business-building resources that help entrepreneurs and small business owners startup and grow successful businesses. ​
Fidelity Bank is committed to providing exceptional service to all of our customers. As the second largest locally owned financial institution in Wichita, Kansas and a growing presence in Oklahoma City and Overland Park, we provide customers with a wide array of quality financial services.
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Spirit AeroSystems

Spirit AeroSystems, with headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, USA, is one of the world’s largest non-OEM designers and manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial and defense aircraft. In addition to its Wichita facilities, Spirit has locations in Tulsa and McAlester, Oklahoma; Kinston, North Carolina; Prestwick, Scotland; Subang, Malaysia; and Saint-Nazaire, France. The company’s core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components. Additionally, Spirit provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services.

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Koch Industries

Our life’s work is to help people improve their lives by making and innovating products and services our customers value. Our focus is on delivering mutual benefit: Win-win outcomes that make life better for customers and employees alike.

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Cox Business Solutions

Leading-edge technology. Fast, reliable services. Business-class support. Find products and services that fit your business size and your business needs.

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Evergy

We're committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable sources of energy in our community today and well into the future.

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Occidental Management

Occidental Management Inc. was established in 1997 by Gary Oborny. Originally created to work in acquisitions, Occidental evolved into a development company with the construction of the Bristol Square property in 2000. Since then, Occidental has progressed into a multi-faceted company specializing not only in acquisitions and development but sales, leasing and property management.

Occidental Management is a premier Commercial Real Estate Development Company in the Midwest that operates in a variety of real estate segments including retail, office and industrial development. 

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The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman believed every person has the opportunity to be uncommon and take risks to achieve success.

Entrepreneurship

We work with entrepreneurs, empower them with tools and resources, and work to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses.

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Emprise Bank

We're not your typical financial institution...nor do we want to be. When you work with Emprise, our goal is to exceed your expectations each and every time. We want to keep finding ways to be the bank you choose over and over again.

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Bank of the West

At Bank of the West, your money has values as well as value. We know money deposited in a bank has the power to finance positive change. So we are taking action to support activities that help protect the planet, improve people’s lives, and strengthen communities. We are redefining banking for a better future by focusing on areas where we believe we can have a real impact: supporting energy transition, helping enable women entrepreneurs, and financing innovative start-ups.

our partners

The Create Campaign enjoys a strong partner network.

Some of our partners include:

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And many more. Join us as a partner.

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