“Risk Taking Ventures in Entrepreneurship”

February 28, 2020
Shari Flaming Center for the Arts

Tabor College is proud to host the first Tabor College Business Symposium. The mission is to bring value to Tabor’s educational community and to the larger regional community by collaborating with the expertise of high-level entrepreneurs from surrounding communities and creating connections for Tabor students and stakeholders.

This year’s theme is “Risk Taking Ventures in Entrepreneurship.”


8:00 to 9:00 AM
Registration and Coffee, Shari Flaming Center for the Arts

9:00 to 9:15 AM
Opening Welcome, Richert Auditorium

9:15 to 10:00 AM
“Why Does Your Business Exist?” – Randy Ataide

“For most of us in business, we are busy focused on so many urgent matters that we rarely ponder that most essential question: ‘Why does my Business Exist?’ Taking the time to understand and diagnose the basic elements of our enterprise’s ‘DNA’ will enable all of us to better manage the inevitable risk-taking inherent in free enterprise, and develop an enhanced capacity to balance the variant interests, stakeholders, and demands upon us.”

10:00 to 10:15 AM
Networking Session Sponsorship Tables: Atrium

10:15 to 11:00 AM
Breakout Session One

  1. Business As Mission
  2. International Entrepreneurship
  3. Mission Drift
  4. Rural Entrepreneurship
  5. Entrepreneurial Social Justice
  6. Entrepreneurship 101

11:00 to 11:15 AM
Networking Session

11:15 to 12:00 PM
Breakout Session Two

  1. Business As Mission
  2. International Entrepreneurship
  3. Mission Drift
  4. Rural Entrepreneurship
  5. Entrepreneurial Social Justice
  6. Entrepreneurship 101

12:00 to 12:15 PM
Networking Session

12:15 to 1:00 PM
Luncheon Welcome and Blessing

1:00 to 1:45 PM

“Avoiding the Big Rocks that Wreck Family Business” – Dr Paul White

Family businesses comprise 85% of all of the companies in the U.S., and thus, are the most common type of entrepreneurial start-up. But family businesses differ from other types of entrepreneurial ventures (for example sole proprietorships and partnerships). They have an added layer of complexity (family dynamics) and additional benefits (shared history, common values, trust and loyalty) that can make them both successful and difficult to manage. Discover the most common “rocks” that can shipwreck a family business, if these issues are not identified and paid attention to as you go on your adventure together. Having grown up in the context of a family business, and consulted with over a hundred family-owned businesses (from small start-ups to multi-millionaire corporations), Dr. White will share practical steps to help you be more likely to reach your goals!

1:45 to 2:00 PM
Closing Remarks

Keynote Speakers

Randy M. Ataide

Risk Taking Ventures in Entrepreneurship

Randy M. Ataide M.A., J.D.

Randy is a Serial Entrepreneur and is owner, director, CEO or Partner in a wide number of U.S. and Portuguese firms, with special emphasis in real estate, global market investing, and agriculture. He has been an invited speaker at conferences and event worldwide including a the Smithsonian Institution, Oxford University, and many companies and startups. A published author of numerous peer-reviewed articles on entrepreneurship, innovation, bio-inspiration, technology and business education, and is a retired Professor of Entrepreneurship from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. He currently resides in Shavano Park, TX.

Paul White

Avoiding the Big Rocks that Wreck Family Businesses

Dr. Paul White

Dr. Paul White is a Christian psychologist, family business consultant, and leadership trainer who “makes work relationships work”. Having grown up in the context of a multi-generational family business, and advised over 100 family businesses for the past 20 years (from small “mom and pop” ventures to multimillionaire corporations), he has learned what factors lead to business (and family) success, and failure.

As a speaker and trainer, Dr. White has taught around the world, including North America, Europe, South America, Asia, and the Caribbean. His expertise has been requested by NASA, L’Oréal, the Centers for Disease Control, DIRECTV, and numerous other national and multi-national organizations.  He has written articles for and been interviewed by Bloomberg’s Business Week, CNN/Fortune.com, Entrepreneur.com, Fast Company, FoxBusiness.com, Huffington Post LIVE, U.S. News and World Report, and Yahoo! Finance.

Break Out Speakers

Damon Young

Business as Mission

Join Damon Young, Vice President of Mahaney Group, as he walks through their leadership development and branding strategies that center on providing opportunity for others through construction. Damon will walk through Mahaney’s 2019 rebrand and 2016-20 Leadership Development programming to see how they are using business as mission to uphold a promise to their employees and their customers.

Damon Young is a proud member of the Kansas Business Community with a passion for service, workforce development and leadership. He is on the Board of Directors of the Wichita and Kansas Chambers of Commerce and is the 2020 Chair of Lead Wichita, an area non-profit that hosts the Global Leadership Summit at Intrust Bank Arena. As Vice President of Mahaney Group, Damon leads his organization’s sales and business development efforts.



Rural Entrepreneurship

Geography does not have a monopoly on good ideas. There are brilliant and successful businesses all across Kansas. This session will show examples, empower the inner entrepreneur in you, and give you access to resources. NetWork Kansas is growing an entrepreneurial environment across Kansas by providing access to 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.

Sarah LaRosh, Product Manager, Rural Entrepreneurship, Western Kansas. Sarah is a member of NetWork Kansas in 2017. She is a graduate of Tabor College in Business Administration and a concentration in Accounting and Finance. Sarah is based out of rural Osborne County where the LaRosh family homesteaded in 1871 and is still deeply entrenched in agriculture. She currently serves as the board chair of the Osborne County Community Foundation and has a tremendous passion for rural Kansas, is “Rural by Choice” and a Kansas Explorer. With three young children Sarah has devoted countless time, talent and treasure to ensuring the betterment of Kansas.



Jon Wiebe

Missional Drift

No organization is exempt from the danger of drifting away from its original mission.  This workshop will explore the dangers of mission drift and unpack some of the safeguards to protect the organizations we lead.

Jon Wiebe, President MB Foundation since 1998. Jon earned a B.A. degree from Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kansas and an M.B.A. from the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado. He was a youth pastor for four years at Belleview Acres Mennonite Brethren Church before joining Andersen Consulting as a Staff Consultant and then Norwest Bank as a Financial Analyst. Jon has held a number of positions within the local church and with several nonprofits, including being Chair of the Board of More For Less, Denver CO.



Ted Kriwiel

International Entrepreneurship

Celebrating sub-optimum models in a broken world: How to start, when to stop and what it takes to sustain the work of making the world a better place.

Ted Kriwiel, is the CEO of Moonbase Labs – a powerhouse team of engineers, designers, painters and storytellers- where he helps companies harness their data and use technology to create new business models. He graduated from Wichita State’s entrepreneurship program in 2012 and has been involved in the local startup community ever since. He’s a home-grown Kansan who currently lives in Wichita, where he enjoys going on long walks with his wife Ellie, their son Lewis, and dog Maebe.



Aaron Dixon

Entrepreneurial Social Justice

Hiring ex-offenders gives you the opportunity to tap a candidate market that some people are afraid to reach out to but it comes with it’s own set of challenges. Come to talk about the benefits, joys, and risks of running a company that hires persons with a criminal record.

Aaron Dixon is the Co-Founder and Co-Owner of First Impressions Litter Management, LLC (FILM) in Wichita Kansas.  He founded the business with his father in 2015.  Aaron has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Science from Wichita State University.

After graduation, Aaron decided that he needed a change from the medical field, but still wanted an opportunity to help and serve others. He founded FILM with the mission of providing employment to those who may not have many job opportunities based on circumstances or even past choices. Aaron currently provides an income source to 12-18 individuals. His Christ centered approach to forgiveness and encouragement has provided a model work force.

Entrepreneurship 101 Keys to Unlocking Your Entrepreneurial Spirit

Clint Seibel 

Our focus will be to explore the importance of developing an entrepreneurial mindset regardless of your vocation.  We will share some key ideas to better understand entrepreneurship and address some misconceptions.