Category: Community Spotlight

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…

May 2021, Community Spotlight, Entrepreneurial Journey, Expansion

Finding Business Success in Something Nobody Wants to Buy

Travis Burch and Carter Clond realize they sell something nobody really wants to spend money on when it comes to a home: new gutters. “Who thinks about gutters,” Burch asked. “It’s like the last thing on a home.” Yet when the two discovered a unique product offering in 2015, a lightbulb went off. They realized that, together, they had the right customer service and business background — combined with the…

March 2021, Community Spotlight, Expansion, IT Support

Defying the Odds During Covid: iResQ Pivots and Grows

“I thought he was crazy,” Michelle Crosby said. This was her reaction when her husband and business partner, iResQ CEO Nick Crosby, told her he wanted to buy a Kansas City technology company. Did they have a background in technology? No. Did they have a good understanding of how to run a technology company? Also no. But what they did know was how to build a team. With 30 years…

February 2021, Community Spotlight, Entrepreneurial Journey, Growth Strategy, Wellness

Healthy Food, Sizzlin’ Sales

KC company goes national with fresh, pre-made meals You know you’re cooking up something right when you grow from a 25 sq. ft. home kitchen to a 44,000 sq. ft. headquarters and commercial kitchen facility, 12 retail stores in six states, and nationwide meal shipping. That’s what’s happened at Kansas City, Kan.-based Eat to Evolve, a company that has found its recipe for success providing healthy, pre-made meals to customers…