Past Issues

Vol. 28 Issue 1


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…)

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…)

Hy-Vee Arena becomes a new kind of showplace

Woody Carter’s business is scheduling events in the newly renovated and rebranded Hy-Vee Arena.

Business is brisk.

“For 2019, we have six weekend days where there’s nothing on the books yet,” Carter, the arena’s events and sales manager, said Nov. 7. “We’re doing well, getting large tournaments. It’s a wonderful, multi-use space.” (more…)

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…)

Meyer Music: Band of Angels plays to company’s strengths

Meyer Music was founded more than 50 years ago by two educators, Ted and Betty Meyer, who believed that music education is critical to a child’s development. Today, the company’s three locations offer private music lessons and instrument sales or rentals for musically inclined students.

As school districts have cut arts funding, Meyer Music saw an opportunity to step in. In partnership with Fox4 News, it collects monetary donations and musical instruments that are refurbished and distributed to students who can’t afford to buy or rent them.

The effort, which began in 2010, was dubbed Band of Angels and is now a 501(c)(3) charity. (more…)

Smart strategies: Learn the 4 languages of business

Early in my career, I called on a client who was a friend outside of work. No one frustrated me more in the business arena.  I would present to her on a Friday afternoon; she’d give me feedback that my proposal looked great and she would work on putting her plan together over the weekend and get back to me Monday. I would come in Monday morning to a voicemail that she was sorry she wasn’t able to buy my proposal … maybe next time.

WHAT? How could everything look great Friday when I was the last to present, and now I’m out? You can be honest with me; give me the straight feedback as to what I could have improved with my proposal so I know for next time. I never got it, so I operated blindly for future presentations.

Where was the disconnect? (more…)

Smart strategies: Deliver on your brand promise and change the game

Stated or unstated, a brand promise is what customers expect from your company — and you.

Sometimes, your customers are unhappy because your brand promise doesn’t match up with your delivery of that promise. In other words, your actions don’t match your words. Or, said another way, the company is not a “man of its word,” sometimes exposing enemies deep in the heart of the organization. (more…)

Smart strategies: 5 ways to hack-proof your company smartphone

Since the introduction of the smartphone, developers have created apps — hundreds of apps — that allow most entrepreneurs to control almost every aspect of their business: email, CRM, accounting, social media … the list is endless.  

With the rise of the popularity of smartphones, hackers have turned their attention away from computers and now focus on hijacking mobile devices and the accounts associated with them. (more…)


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