Past Issues

Company to Watch


Allen Press: New tech, marketing services keep commercial printer at forefront

For almost 85 years, in the face of evolving technology and the digital era, Allen Press has kept the presses rolling.

Founded in 1935 in Lawrence, Allen Press is a publishing and printing company of 175 employees that specializes in publication and commercial printing as well as scholarly publishing and marketing services. Its scholarly publishing unit creates, edits and prints scientific and academic journals for hundreds of nonprofit societies around the world. (more…)

KC Crew: Teeming with teams

Luke Wade wasn’t looking for a new career. He was just looking for a place to play.

Wade was living downtown and working as a web developer and graphic designer when the former college football player grew frustrated with the lack of options for adult sports in the city.

Wade, a self-described “tech nerd,” rented a field and put his skills to use by building a website for players to join teams and teams to join leagues. (more…)

Healthy Plus: Growth by prevention

Sean Bledsoe’s roster is about to get a lot bigger.

The basketball-coach-turned-entrepreneur launched his medical services company in April and had 16 employees by late August. He expects to employ more than 100 workers by spring. (more…)

Chicken N Pickle: Entrepreneurs plan to expand with unique concept

Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the nation, so it should be no surprise that Chicken N Pickle has expansion plans of its own.

The owners of the North Kansas City hotspot broke ground on their second location in May in Wichita, but the expansion won’t stop there. Kellen Mumm, vice president of business development, said the company could have as many as 10 locations within three years.

“We’re going to ramp up quickly,” he said. (more…)

Company to Watch: Stratex Solutions — Enhanced Strategic Planning

Stratex Solutions founder and CEO Raina Knox spent many years developing her strategic expertise as a consultant and working at Sprint, H&R Block and as president of the Excellence in Missouri Foundation. Over time, Knox recognized that a technology-based solution could aid organizations that “used spreadsheets as information collectors” and help manage implementation of strategic plans. (more…)

Simplified Lending

The process for originating multifamily loans was long overdue for an overhaul. Loans for multifamily properties, such as an apartment building, involve hundreds of documents that require input from numerous parties in government and banking. (more…)

Chat Service Growth Balloons

When Professional Chats moved from its original 400-square-foot office to a 5,000-square-foot space in June 2017, COO Trevor Flannigan thought the fledgling company had secured room for long-term growth. (more…)


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