Author: Kate Leibsle

Entrepreneurial Journey, Personal Growth

Eric and Shanny Morgenstern: Realigning Morningstar

They can still recite their resumes from back in the day, but it’s been a lifetime since Eric and Shanny Morgenstern weren’t spouses, parents and business partners all rolled into one. For almost 40 years, they have been the driving magic behind Morningstar Communications. Today, as the two have transitioned the business yet again to meet both their needs and those of their customers, they are also taking time to…

Marketing, Sales and Marketing

KC Hemp Co.: Marketing through education

How do you market a business when traditional advertising methods aren’t an option? If you are Heather Hobbs and Kyle Steppe, owners of KC Hemp Co., you turn to Facebook, Instagram and old-fashioned word-of-mouth to find customers. Hobbs and Steppe have used social media to their best advantage to get the word out about their retail store, which just opened in September. They are also regulars at area chamber of…

Entrepreneurial Journey, Personal Growth

Matt Druten: Making space for change

From looking at his resume, you might think that Matt Druten, cofounder of Edison Spaces, makes for a somewhat unlikely entrepreneur. The Kansas City, Kan., native and University of Kansas graduate spent years working in the financial space, where his employers included Deloitte & Touche, American Century Investments, Atrium Doors & Windows and SPX Cooling Technologies. Those adventures led him from Kansas City to Dallas to Maine to Kansas City…

Entrepreneurial Journey, KC Entrepreneurs, Personal Growth, 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…)