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ScaleUP! KC ninth cohort

ScaleUP! Kansas City announces ninth cohort

Fifteen area entrepreneurs have primed their local companies for the next step of their expansion. The group of local business owners has been selected as the ninth cohort of ScaleUP! Kansas City, a program that provides support for growth-oriented businesses. ScaleUP! KC provides qualified companies with revenue of more than $150,000 to reach their expansion […]

William Gibson, Down to Earth

Down To Earth Services, Green Thumb Gardens: Business in bloom

William Gibson spent his early career running a traditional lawn and landscape business. But in 2013, the entrepreneur decided to risk it all. Gibson sold his old business and followed his dream. He and his wife opened an environmentally-friendly lawn and landscape business, Down to Earth Services. The business designs, installs and maintains native plants. […]


SymbioBiz: New organization helps parent entrepreneurs achieve balance

After 10 years in Kansas City’s entrepreneurial community and as a mom of three, Stephanie Zamora saw something severely lacking in local business circles: resources for parent entrepreneurs. So in November 2018, she started up her business SymbioBiz, where her team provides parent entrepreneurs with the support they need to run their businesses. “SymbioBiz is […]

Nile Valley Aquaponics, Dre Taylor

Nile Valley Aquaponics: Growing more than food

Community center Nile Valley Aquaponics is bringing a splash of green to the Kansas City metro’s urban landscape. Created in 2015 by Dre Taylor, Nile Valley Aquaponics is a community greenhouse that provides free, year-round access to local, organic food and health education. “Our goals are to provide fresh, local food, to reduce our carbon […]

Brenda Craig, Craig Safety

Craig Safety Technologies: Adapt and thrive

Brenda Craig’s entrepreneurial journey has been one defined by adaptation. Before starting Craig Safety Technologies in 1998, she had been a teacher, a flight attendant and a hotel manager. She also spent more than 10 years in the food distribution business, serving on the board of directors at her father’s company.