Vol. 27 Issue 12
Gina Stuelke never intended to run, join or be anything other than a cheerleader for her family’s more-than-100-year-old business, Kenton Brothers Inc.
It’s not that she was opposed to the business, which began as a lock-and-key business in the late 1800s — it just wasn’t a part of her overall life plan.
“I was the first generation to go to college,” said Stuelke, “and I was ready to slay the advertising world.”
Vol. 27 Issue 10
Carrie Kiefer and Morgan Georgie met as graphic design students at the University of Kansas. Today, they run Ampersand Design Co., which creates designs that appear on products ranging from textiles to stationery to home décor to fashion for companies such as Crate & Barrel, West Elm, Target and Chatbooks.
Ampersand also has its own line of products sold online and in shops across the world, including the company’s first brick-and-mortar space, which opened this year in the Made in KC Marketplace at Country Club Plaza.
Vol. 27 Issue 9
We all know that Mother Nature works in mysterious ways. Nobody knows that more than Felici “Phil” Giordano, owner of Grade-A Tree Care. (more…)
Vol. 27 Issue 8
Darren Dupriest is quick to admit that he has trouble not being in charge. (more…)
Vol. 27 Issue 7
For more than 20 years, reading Thinking Bigger Business magazine each month has been like taking a walk through Kelly Scanlon’s mind—her ideas, her dreams and her goals. (more…)
Vol. 27 Issue 5
Starting a company that survives beyond infancy is a lot like raising a child. Just as parents do, founders give it all they’ve got and rejoice when their progeny succeeds. (more…)
Vol. 27 Issue 5
According to Mike Collar, the fireworks business “gets in your blood.” (more…)
Vol. 27 Issue 4
Trozzolo Communications Group has grown like an art collection: It’s carefully curated, adding new pieces as the opportunity arises. (more…)
Vol. 27 Issue 3
Once the opportunity to join her father’s firm presented itself to Sonia Garapaty, other pieces fell into place, pointing her in that direction. (more…)
Vol. 27 Issue 2
Lula’s founder has gone from small business ownership to raising funds for the new high-growth tech startup. (more…)