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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 to Charlotte to Kansas City and hops to three foreign countries, too.

But when you dig a little deeper, you find that Druten may have the brain of an accountant, but his heart is all entrepreneur. He attributes that to following the examples set by three men:  his father, his uncle and his business partner. (more…)

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…)

Opening new doors: Gina Stuelke balances change, upholding company history

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.” (more…)

Ampersand Design Co.: Designer duo has grown into entrepreneurship

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. (more…)


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