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Job Force agency moves from Office This to Garvey Center

The Wichita Business Journal
October 14, 2010

Job Force Employment Solutions has moved to the Garvey Center in downtown Wichita.

The job placement service that works with the state of Kansas to help find work for people with disabilities is leasing 1,700 square feet on the seventh floor of the O.W. Garvey Building. A lease rate wasn’t disclosed.

The company moved from Office This, where it occupied just 500 square feet. The company employs six people.

“We were outgrowing Office This,” says Steve Smith, an owner and founder of Job Force.

He also notes Office This is trending toward a technical school atmosphere.

Bethel House LLC has a health care training school there. And Mindfire Academy, which teaches video and Web design, opened in Office This earlier this year. Office This owner Max Cole has said he’s trying to convert the former mall into an education center as quickly as possible.

For Smith, the move to the Garvey Center nearly quadruples his space and puts his company closer to the state office building where much of its work takes place.

Smith, who worked in the grocery business before founding Job Force nearly four years ago, is partners in the company with Becky Smith. They aren’t related — “We’re just co-owners,” he says.

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