Author: Chad Bettes

June 2021, Community Spotlight

Winco Flying High with Black Cat

In a July 1776 letter to his wife, Abigail, John Adams predicted the Declaration of Independence would be celebrated for generations to come “with pomp and parade” and with “bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.” He certainly nailed that one — especially the illuminations part. And Winco Fireworks International is at the forefront of making those national celebrations possible. Winco is one of the…

June 2021

The Quest for the Perfect Package

To say the packaging industry is changing would be quite the understatement. “We just experienced a decade of change in one year,” said Matt Ambrose, CEO of Ambrose Packaging. Spurred by dramatic pandemic-related shifts in consumer behavior, producers and manufacturers have been scrambling to swiftly transform how they distribute products. Ambrose used the example of the food industry to illustrate the point. Take a food company that traditionally averaged 70%…

KC Entrepreneurs

Business Broker: When You’re Doing Well Is the Time to Sell

It’s a conundrum, said Chad Peterson. Your business is growing. You’re making good money. You’re even enjoying the work. That also just so happens to be the very moment you should at least consider selling your metaphorical “baby” — the company you’ve worked so hard to create and build. Peterson, president of Peterson Acquisitions, a Kansas City business broker with offices in Lenexa, Kan., speaks from personal experience. In the…

KC Entrepreneurs, Success Stories

Turning Tech Trash into Treasure

Local firm meets market demand by making old things new again. The Big Deal Bell has been ringing a lot lately at Stallard Technologies Inc. (STI) in Overland Park, Kan. The bell, mounted in the heart of the technology hardware company’s headquarters, is a rallying point for employees and executives when new customers join the firm’s growing roster of clients in 49 states and 100 countries worldwide. And the company…