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Success Stories


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…)

Simmons Security & Protection Services Inc.: New strategies offer sense of security in growing business

Angela Turner spent years helping to scale her family’s business, Simmons Security & Protection Services Inc.

The business has always been well-regarded for its high-quality, professionally-trained security guards that worked well with law enforcement. That’s in part because Simmons Security was founded with a mission to improve the level of security guard services offered in the community by her husband, John Turner, and brother-in-law, Michael Simmons — who have deep roots in law enforcement. (more…)

KC Crew: Teeming with teams

Luke Wade wasn’t looking for a new career. He was just looking for a place to play.

Wade was living downtown and working as a web developer and graphic designer when the former college football player grew frustrated with the lack of options for adult sports in the city.

Wade, a self-described “tech nerd,” rented a field and put his skills to use by building a website for players to join teams and teams to join leagues. (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…)


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