Past Issues

David Mitchell


Chicken N Pickle: Entrepreneurs plan to expand with unique concept

Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the nation, so it should be no surprise that Chicken N Pickle has expansion plans of its own.

The owners of the North Kansas City hotspot broke ground on their second location in May in Wichita, but the expansion won’t stop there. Kellen Mumm, vice president of business development, said the company could have as many as 10 locations within three years.

“We’re going to ramp up quickly,” he said. (more…)

Soul-Searching Pays Off

Ajamu Webster had read dozens and dozens of books on business, management, strategy and leadership, but a clear path for improving the operations of his 30-year-old engineering firm eluded him. (more…)

Small Businesses Give North Kansas City Unique Flair: ‘Northtown is Definitely Becoming a Destination’

North Kansas City, Mo., covers less than five square miles on the metro map, but roughly 900 businesses operate within its modest boundaries. More than 25,000 workers—more than five times the number of residents—come here daily, and a growing number of consumers are flocking to the city’s breweries, restaurants, shops and unique entertainment options. (more…)

Beyond the Bottom Line

Manufacturing an innovative product or offering excellent services are good starting points for a business, but it likely isn’t enough. In addition to doing a good job, companies should consider good works. (more…)

Chat Service Growth Balloons

When Professional Chats moved from its original 400-square-foot office to a 5,000-square-foot space in June 2017, COO Trevor Flannigan thought the fledgling company had secured room for long-term growth. (more…)


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