Past Issues

Katie Bean


Meyer Music: Band of Angels plays to company’s strengths

Meyer Music was founded more than 50 years ago by two educators, Ted and Betty Meyer, who believed that music education is critical to a child’s development. Today, the company’s three locations offer private music lessons and instrument sales or rentals for musically inclined students.

As school districts have cut arts funding, Meyer Music saw an opportunity to step in. In partnership with Fox4 News, it collects monetary donations and musical instruments that are refurbished and distributed to students who can’t afford to buy or rent them.

The effort, which began in 2010, was dubbed Band of Angels and is now a 501(c)(3) charity. (more…)

SBA lending increases in fiscal year 2018

The U.S. Small Business Administration Kansas City District Office saw increases in small business lending in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.

The SBA Kansas City District Office oversaw $363 million in SBA loans for fiscal year 2018, a 10 percent increase in lending over the previous year. (more…)

Ampersand Design Co.: Designer duo has grown into entrepreneurship

Carrie Kiefer and Morgan Georgie met as graphic design students at the University of Kansas. Today, they run Ampersand Design Co., which creates designs that appear on products ranging from textiles to stationery to home décor to fashion for companies such as Crate & Barrel, West Elm, Target and Chatbooks.

Ampersand also has its own line of products sold online and in shops across the world, including the company’s first brick-and-mortar space, which opened this year in the Made in KC Marketplace at Country Club Plaza. (more…)


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