Past Issues

KC Entrepreneurs


Brian Gregory: ‘I wasn’t afraid of entrepreneurism’

Brian Gregory’s fascination with computers and data goes way back — back to the days when not everyone had a desktop computer, let alone a handheld one.

Luckily for his customers, Gregory found his niche at 19, working in communications and building his business, Network Innovations Inc., into one of Kansas City’s successful small businesses. (more…)

Tallgrass Freight Co.: On the road to $100 million

When he started Tallgrass Freight Co., Damon Anderson had a couple goals. He wanted to run his own small freight brokerage from his farmhouse in Leavenworth. And he wanted to give his clients outstanding service, the way he saw fit.

It didn’t work out exactly like he planned, but the journey’s still been pretty amazing. Six years after it launched, Tallgrass Freight Co. is one of America’s fastest-growing private companies, going from $4 million in 2016 to $30 million last year. (more…)

The Right Match: Merger brings powerhouse law firms together

Lawyers spend their careers helping clients grow businesses and navigate hurdles along the way. Some firms are so focused on clients that they don’t always stop to strategize their own business future.

That’s why it caught some by surprise this fall when two heavy hitters — Rouse Frets Gentile Rhodes LLC and White Goss PC — decided to stop competing against one another. They joined forces instead to expand their local, state and national reach. (more…)

Menees Family Dentistry: Third-generation owner brings fresh perspective to family-owned company

When patients call Menees Family Dentistry, they must be specific about which Dr. Menees they want to see. That’s been the case since 1968 when Robert Menees Jr. joined his father, Robert Menees Sr. in the practice Menees Sr. had founded in 1946.

Today, Menees Jr. practices with his daughter, Dr. Laura Menees Moore.

For Moore, keeping the family business going into the third generation is a labor of love — love for her father, her patients and for dentistry. Although dentistry wasn’t her first love professionally. (more…)

Potion Yarns: Business grows skein by skein

Johanna Miller is a lifelong knitter. Starting at age 6, Miller took a break from the craft before returning to it at 19.

“I like it because I get really fidgety when I don’t have something to do,” she said.

These days, Miller has plenty to keep her busy—working as a full-time hairstylist and running Potion Yarns, her own hand-dyed yarn business. Miller started her company in 2016 with the encouragement of her husband, Brek Miller, a graphic artist with a local law firm. (more…)

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…)

Athlete Network: From the playing field to the corner suite

Just think of everything that goes into the making of a successful athlete.

Years or sometimes decades of hard, grinding work. A ferociously competitive spirit. The ability to gracefully accept coaching, even when it’s delivered bluntly, while working alongside teammates from completely different backgrounds.

Sounds like somebody who would be a pretty good employee, right? Unfortunately, too many athletes struggle to transition into the working world after their playing days are over. (more…)

Posh Restoration Facilities: Stimulating Growth

Christina Williams has spent years in the beauty industry styling and creating perfect hair for clients.

She knows every product on the market to strengthen, revitalize and promote hair growth. But when she opened Posh Restoration Facilities in 2015, the cosmetologist knew she wanted to offer something different to clients. (more…)


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