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Mega Industries transitions to 100 percent employee ownership

North Kansas City construction firm Mega Industries Corp. announced this month that it is now 100 percent employee-owned.

Founded in 1992, the construction company became a 56 percent Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) in 2006, beginning its approach to total employee investment. Until June, CEO Brian Gordon and COO Craig Bridgeman were majority owners. (more…)

LaunchKC earns award of excellence

LaunchKC, Kansas City’s innovative funding program for entrepreneurs, was awarded a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award in the entrepreneurship category by the International Economic Development Council.

The award was given Oct. 2 during the IEDC’s annual conference in Atlanta. (more…)

Check out photos of the BIG Breakfast

Thinking Bigger Business Media hosted its third-quarter BIG Breakfast on Sept. 20. The event includes breakfast, networking and a panel discussion with four business leaders who have been featured in the magazine.

Scroll through to see photos from the event, which took place at The Carriage Club. Photos are courtesy of PhotomomentsKC. (more…)

KC companies host Young Leaders of the Americas fellows

On Sept. 22, three Professional Fellows participating in the Young Leaders of Americas Initiative arrived in Kansas City.

Their arrival followed the kick off in Detroit of the YLAI Professional Fellows Program, funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and implemented by Meridian International Center. (more…)

New business aims to shepherd companies through certification processes

Connectus Worldwide is a new consulting firm that aides minority-, women-, disadvantaged-, veteran- and LGBTQ-owned companies seeking corporate and governmental certification.

Founded by Mary Shannon, who retired from a Fortune 500 company earlier this year, Connectus Worldwide provides a variety of services to diverse businesses, while also connecting such enterprises with majority organizations. The firm consults in areas of supplier diversity, public engagement and mediation. (more…)

K12itc expands focus with new vertical

A managed IT company is expanding into a new vertical.

K12itc, which serves schools, has launched Civic ITC to provide IT infrastructure management, connectivity and maintenance for municipal and county governments, chambers of commerce and other civic organizations. (more…)


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