Cat Poland is a blogger who resides in Conway Springs.  Her column Mom on the Range garnered her an interview on Kake-TV in May of last year.  In her blog, she discusses the day to day challenges and rewards of raising her children in Sumner County.  When I heard she was starting up her own business in Conway Springs, I got in touch with her, letting her tell her story.  Poland is originally from Wellington.
I was raised in Conway Springs, and my husband and I are  proud to be raising our children here. I left for a few years to attend Wichita State University, and then worked for a short time in Texas after graduating college with my degree in Integrated Marketing and Communication. I returned to the area to take a marketing position with the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, and after a few great years there, I went to work for the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland as their statewide director of communications. It was a dream job, really. I absolutely loved what I did and the team I worked with, but after having two future Girl Scouts of my own less than two years apart, the commute and long work hours took their toll. I said goodbye to the 8-5 world, and hello to the 24/7 world of being a stay-at-home mom. I didn’t take on any freelance projects for about six months, and let me tell you, that was the hardest job of my life! Don’t let anyone tell you stay-at-home moms don’t work. It’s never-ending, and there are no compensation packages or performance reviews. I’m so grateful to have had that time with my girls, but I realized that I truly missed working. I gradually picked up more and more freelance writing jobs, and decided to establish my business as an LLC a few years ago.
We added another child nearly three years ago, and all of my children have grown up with me working from my home office providing writing and communication strategy for clients across the country. While I enjoy the freedom and flexibility of a non-existent commute, I recently decided that it’s time to take my business to the next level and invest in a brick-and-mortar office. I happened to see a “for rent” sign on an storefront in Conway Springs, and I made the call. My new office will be located at 111 W. Spring, in the same building as the Rural Health Clinic and Head 2 Toe Hair Salon. There’s also a gym downstairs, so I won’t have to go far for other services I need!
I’m excited for this opportunity to put more of a public face on my business, and for the great location to host meetings with clients. While my current client load is very full, I’d like to explore more projects with businesses in the South Central Kansas area. Communication strategy is my intellectual sweet spot, and I feel this is a vital resource most businesses aren’t investing in.
First and foremost, I’m a storyteller. And while I’ve primarily done that through written word, I’m branching out into video storytelling as well. Storytelling has never-ending potential, and everyone, every single person, business and project, has a compelling story to tell. While I’m currently open for business, I’m eager to open my physical office space in late January, and am looking forward to the new opportunities it may bring.