Many of Kansas City’s biggest business success stories started small, from H&R Block to Zoloz, known as EyeVerify before its acquisition by global fintech giant Ant Financial.
It’s exciting to tell the stories of small businesses — both the ones that grow into worldwide powerhouses and the ones that choose to stay local and focus their investments of time, jobs and money into the community.
That’s why I’m looking forward to my new role at Thinking Bigger Business Media Inc.: I’ll be directing our editorial content both in our monthly magazine and online at ithinkbigger.com.
I’ve filled many roles throughout my career in newspaper journalism, including reporter, copy editor, designer, craft columnist and features editor. Now, as executive vice president at Thinking Bigger, I’ll get the opportunity to work on the business strategy as well as the content we create.
In the past four and a half years, I’ve become very familiar with Kansas City’s business community — I worked at the Kansas City Business Journal and got to know many business leaders in my capacity as special sections editor there. I’ve written about cool office spaces, companies that work hard and play hard, and the occasional cat lady update.
At Thinking Bigger, I hope to meet and tell the stories of many more area small business owners. Feel free to reach out to me here with introductions or story pitches. You can also meet me in person at our next event, The Big Breakfast on Dec. 14 at Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Of course, the real draw at that event is the panel — join us to hear from Elizabeth Rosin, Rosin Preservation; Phil Lopez, Arboles Tree Trimming; Kevin Teasdale, Secure Medical Transport; and Mary Carol Garrity, Nell Hill’s.
I can’t wait to begin sharing news and features about Kansas City’s small business community, so I’ll start now — while you’re here, check out our November issue.