Author: Chad Bettes

September 2021, Entrepreneurial Journey

Q&A with Paul Dorrell

Leopold Gallery is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Kansas City. In addition to featuring local artists at his Brookside brick-and-mortar space, Leopold founder Paul Dorrell works with clients around the world as an art consultant to bring their spaces to life by identifying the right piece of art or the right artist to create custom art. He has designed large art projects in spaces such as Arrowhead Stadium, H&R Block’s…

September 2021, Community Spotlight

Shatto Milk Co. Finds Success Connecting Cows and Customers

The 500 Holstein cows at Shatto Milk Co. may outnumber the human residents in their hometown of Osborn, MO (pop. 423). But they still get an awful lot of love here. They have a herdsman dedicated to their care, along with a team that includes agriscientists and a nutritionist working to keep them happy and cool in the summer heat. They have farmers growing some of cows’ favorite foods just…

Community Spotlight, August 2021

Business Blooms at Family Tree Nursery

It all started with some geraniums and a newspaper ad. A young flower grower who primarily sold his products wholesale found himself with a bumper crop of the popular annual. So he placed an ad to sell the extra supply — and the community responded in droves to his high-quality flowers.  What was originally planned as a one-time sale turned into an annual sale, and, before long, the business expanded…

June 2021, Community Spotlight, Expert Advice

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, Expert Advice

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%…