Past Issues

Katy Ibsen

Kansas City stands out as logistics hub for reasons beyond its geography

Chris Gutierrez, president of KC SmartPort, is still surprised that in the last five to six years, over 25 million square feet of product and distribution building has been built on a speculative basis, meaning there was no tenant signed on at the outset of construction.

“Developers and real estate teams are building these, hoping they get a client or tenant — and a majority of those have been filled. So the demand has been right behind it,” said Gutierrez. (more…)

Launch[ED] Day celebrates Leanlab’s fifth anniversary

On Nov. 8, Leanlab Education will celebrate its fifth anniversary and fifth class of entrepreneurs with the culmination of its K12 Fellowship at Launch[ED] Day.

Leanlab promotes the advancement of education-geared startups. Recently the nonprofit hosted a three-month accelerator program, Leanlab’s K12 Fellowship, which connected teachers and students to early-stage entrepreneurs for the purpose of mentoring through coaching and direct feedback on the startups. (more…)

Partnership creates Gigabit Lab in Lee’s Summit

University of Central Missouri, along with the Greater Kansas City MetroLab Partnership, announced the creation of Gigabit Lab in September.

A gigabit network allows for technology to operate at a greater speed of transmission; the lab serves as a hub to develop gigabit applications in education, cybersecurity, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and health care. (more…)

Mega Industries transitions to 100 percent employee ownership

North Kansas City construction firm Mega Industries Corp. announced this month that it is now 100 percent employee-owned.

Founded in 1992, the construction company became a 56 percent Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) in 2006, beginning its approach to total employee investment. Until June, CEO Brian Gordon and COO Craig Bridgeman were majority owners. (more…)

KC companies host Young Leaders of the Americas fellows

On Sept. 22, three Professional Fellows participating in the Young Leaders of Americas Initiative arrived in Kansas City.

Their arrival followed the kick off in Detroit of the YLAI Professional Fellows Program, funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and implemented by Meridian International Center. (more…)

New business aims to shepherd companies through certification processes

Connectus Worldwide is a new consulting firm that aides minority-, women-, disadvantaged-, veteran- and LGBTQ-owned companies seeking corporate and governmental certification.

Founded by Mary Shannon, who retired from a Fortune 500 company earlier this year, Connectus Worldwide provides a variety of services to diverse businesses, while also connecting such enterprises with majority organizations. The firm consults in areas of supplier diversity, public engagement and mediation. (more…)


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