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the difference

create campaign's
2023 impact report

From entrepreneurship education to approving loans, Create Campaign makes a difference and is standing in a lane of its own. Create Campaign is the only minority business development nonprofit in Wichita with:

a microloan fund and the ability to approve loans, a home repair program with repairs performed by approved minority-owned contracting firms at no cost to homeowners

and the nationally-recognized Rising Tide Capital Community Business Academy model and  framework to instruct entrepreneurs in Wichita and across the state of Kansas.

With multi-year funding commitments from numerous corporations to capacity grants from the Kansas Health Foundation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Create Campaign has expanded its staff, is nearing the completion of its training space and has added Spanish-language capabilities within the nonprofit to serve even more entrepreneurs.

With eight years of inclusive entrepreneurship service experience and hundreds of diverse entrepreneurs served, Create Campaign continues to make

THE DIFFERENCE.

Scroll down for details on how we make the difference.

IMPACT

ACCESS TO

capital

  • Create Campaign approved $397,000 in 2023 bringing its lending to more than $1.24 million between its Create Capital loan fund and partner funds.

  • Partner loan funds are through NetWork Kansas' programs - Empower, Wichita Urban E-Community, GROWKS and the Kansas Community Investment Fund

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Lydia Mettee
Dapper Cat Coffee
Create Capital Recipient

Francois Djedjes
Dream to Reality Media
Create Capital Recipient

tracy allen
Lois' House
Create Capital Recipient

James barfield
Squeegee Squad
Create Capital Recipient

SPARK

COMMUNITY BUSINESS ACADEMY

  • 340 Entrepreneurs engaged

  • 58 applications received

  • 23 information sessions hosted

  • 49 entrepreneurs selected

  • Cohort 1 graduates: 13

  • Cohort 2 graduates: 20 (100 percent retention of those accepted who completed the course)

  • Cohort 3 graduates: 19

  • All together, 1,736+ hours invested by participants in learning and one-on-one coaching

  • Since launching in 2021, 4,960 total hours invested by entrepreneurs in Wichita in Spark

Special thanks to our Spark sponsors:

Koch Industries

Fidelity Bank

Tom and Katherine Kirk

6 Meridian

INTRUST Bank

NetWork Kansas

Midwest Billboards

 

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Create Campaign Services

LLC Structuring & support

  • 76 percent of companies that receive Create Campaign structuring support remain in business at least one year following their launch (Source: The Kansas Secretary of State's Office)

  • 2023: 12 filings with 100% direct support from Create Campaign

  • 2022: 11 filings with 100% direct support from Create  Campaign

  • 2021: 13 filings (11 for-profit structuring, 2 nonprofit structuring) 

  • 2020: 4 filings

  • 2019: 0 filings - Founders' Grove renovation year

  • 2018: 1 filing

  • 2017: 6 filings

  • 2016: 3 filings

  • 2015: 2 filings

Special thanks to our structuring partners: 

Martin Pringle

Foreman Law

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ARMANDO MAESTAS
Clipperheads Barbershop

LLC Structuring Support

Kandace Burnett
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LLC Structuring Support

LATOYA RANDLE
Pretty Girls Pound the Rock

LLC Structuring Support

ISAIAS ESPARZA
A1 Barbershop

LLC Structuring Support

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Create Campaign Services

Minority supplier purchases

  • Total spend 2020-2023: $621K+

  • 2023: $386,333.50 spent

  • 2022: $111,276 spent

  • 2021: $35,080 spent

  • 2020: $88,532 spent - the year tracking by demographics began

Categories most-often purchased:

  • Photography

  • Videography

  • Catering

  • Janitorial

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JOANNE VELEZ
Made Strong Cleaning
Janitorial

SCOTT HUYNH
Scott Huynh Design
Photography/Videography

Luis Acosta
Elite Electric

Electrician

Zoe Stone
Charcutistry

Catering

Create Campaign

service reach

  • 2023: 1,390 people served through programming | 105 business consultations representing 52.5 hours

  • 2022: 1,274 people served through programming

  • 2022: 52 Business consultations performed representing 26 hours of consultation

  • Total number of business consultations performed from 2019-2022: 316 consultations representing 158 hours of consultations performed 

Notes: some people use multiple services and are counted for all services they receive; some consultations performed as Legal Clinics by Martin Pringle

Special thanks to our 2023

programming partners: 

Kansas Health Foundation

NetWork Kansas

EY

BMoe

Cox

MidAmerican Credit Union

Rising Tide Capital

Stand Together Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

CML Collective

WSU Center for Entrepreneurship

INTRUST Bank

Martin Pringle

The Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce

Hutton

Wichita Art Museum

Foreman Law

Auburn Wine & Spirits

Midwest Billboards

Mamarazzi

+ others

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urban business expo
Marketing, Tradeshow & Pitch Competition

CREATE CAMPAIGN FORUM
Half-day business development event - workshops, panels, speakers, information booths

BIZBRUNCH
Networking & Lead generation brunch

DEFINERS DINNER
Celebration Fundraiser

 

WHAT OUR ENTREPRENEURS
ARE SAYING ABOUT
CREATE CAMPAIGN

"Create Campaign is necessary for the growth, development and sustainability of Wichita's entrepreneurship community!" 

Camille Turnetine - Unicorn Lane Studios Creative 

"Create Campaign has been everything for minority entrepreneurs.

Create Campaign has been able to be that champion for so many entrepreneurs who, then, can connect with others to help them get their businesses executed and implemented." 

Jennifer McDonald - Jenny Dawn Cellars

"So many opportunities have been opened for my business because of your Create Campaign Forum.

Daniel Holliday -Freeman Holdings

WHAT OUR PARTNERS ARE SAYING ABOUT
CREATE CAMPAIGN

Wichita City Councilman Brandon Johnson - Wichita City Council District 1

“It is Martin Pringle’s honor to have had the opportunity to work with Christina and Create Campaign from the very beginning. Through the formation of Create Campaign, the acquisition of a brick & mortar storefront, and helping urban entrepreneurs formally establish their business, partnering with Christina & Create Campaign has helped our attorneys connect with urban entrepreneurs in an authentic way, and, we hope, make access to legal services a little easier. Create Campaign has expanded its reach by bringing nationally-renowned resources to Wichita through the Spark Community Business Academy and expanding into the Kansas City and Omaha areas, and we are excited to see that expansion continue to impact more urban entrepreneurs. 
We are proud to be a partner of the Create Campaign and look forward to what the future holds for this great organization!”
Kim Doze-Lohmann - Director of Marketing, Martin Pringle
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“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 - CEO, NetWork Kansas
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“INTRUST Bank is proud to support Create Campaign’s mission to activate entrepreneurs in our community. Through their stewardship of the 
Spark Community Business Academy, we’ve seen first-hand the impact when a community works together for the success of others.”
Cecilia Thibault - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategist, INTRUST Bank
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“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.”
Mark Torline- Business Leader
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“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

Create Campaign
& our partners make

THE DIFFERENCE

Note: All data as of October 31, 2023 

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