Past Issues

Success Stories


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…)

ABCreative: Combining play with learning

Designing the perfect playground for its customers is based on one very important element for ABCreative — listening to its customers and meeting their needs.

“A lot of companies focus just on selling equipment as cheap as they can get it,” said ABCreative President Karen Herren. “We always consult our customer and look at what they want. We look at what they have and don’t have and design from there. We create enjoyable community spaces.” (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…)


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