Past Issues

David Mitchell


Nickel & Suede: Pivot leads to fast growth

Kilee Nickels was working at Gap Kids when she noticed that something was missing from the retailer’s apparel line.

“They sell a lot of cute clothes with belt loops but no belts,” Nickels said. “I thought, ‘This could be cute, and no one else is doing it.’” (more…)

Healthy Plus: Growth by prevention

Sean Bledsoe’s roster is about to get a lot bigger.

The basketball-coach-turned-entrepreneur launched his medical services company in April and had 16 employees by late August. He expects to employ more than 100 workers by spring. (more…)

WestPro Construction Services: New name reflects company’s evolution

When Western Fireproofing opened in the 1930s, its name indicated exactly what the business offered, using plaster and gypsum blocks to make buildings safer.

After World War II, the company got out of the fireproofing business and expanded into other subcontracting services, such as building roof decks and floor underlayments and installing glue-laminated timbers and folding wall partitions.

Despite its evolution, its name remained the same until recently. (more…)

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…)


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