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KC Entrepreneurs


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…)

Freedom Interiors: Workspaces that work

Freedom Interiors creates the kind of workspaces that make people excited for Monday morning. The company figures out exactly how clients want their offices to feel and function, then translates that vision into reality.

For the longest time, though, Carol Espinosa and her team couldn’t do the same thing for themselves. As a young, growing company, Freedom rented space in other people’s buildings.

That changed late last year, when Freedom moved into its new home at 4000 Washington St. in Kansas City. The 7,000-square-foot brick structure — at one point, home to Westport’s old post office — has been completely transformed into a showroom for Freedom’s interior design and the furnishings the company sells. (more…)

Senior services boom: Wide range of businesses cater to aging population

The numbers are staggering—but so, too, are the opportunities.

Baby boomers—Americans aged 55 to 75—number anywhere from 75 million to 83 million in the U.S. Generation X, which is the next younger group at ages 38 to 53, includes 61 million to 65 million people. In the next few years, most of them will be seniors or caring for seniors.

Businesses that are ready and waiting to cater to the needs of seniors will be in high demand. (more…)

Get to know Gen Z, the latest generation to join the workforce

Gen Z is the demographic cohort after the millennials (aka Generation Y). There is not a hard start or stop date to define the cohort known as Generation Z, but many demographers use birth years from the mid-1990s to mid-2000s.

This cohort is currently entering the workforce and will impact the way we conduct business for decades to come. (more…)


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