Category: KC Entrepreneurs

KC Entrepreneurs, Success Stories

Vazquez Commercial Contracting: Constructing a legacy

It didn’t feel like it then, but getting fired was one of the best things to ever happen to Joe Vazquez. Losing his job as an accountant led the Kansas City entrepreneur to found Vazquez Commercial Contracting, one of the city’s fastest-growing construction firms — one that can tackle everything from stormwater projects to demolitions to historical restorations. The Midtown-based company was on pace to end 2018 with about $40…

Entrepreneurial Journey, KC Entrepreneurs, Personal Growth, Success Stories

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…)

KC Entrepreneurs, Success Stories

Tallgrass Freight Co.: On the road to $100 million

When he started Tallgrass Freight Co., Damon Anderson had a couple goals. He wanted to run his own small freight brokerage from his farmhouse in Leavenworth. And he wanted to give his clients outstanding service, the way he saw fit. It didn’t work out exactly like he planned, but the journey’s still been pretty amazing. Six years after it launched, Tallgrass Freight Co. is one of America’s fastest-growing private companies,…

KC Entrepreneurs, Law, Success Stories

The Right Match: Merger brings powerhouse law firms together

Lawyers spend their careers helping clients grow businesses and navigate hurdles along the way. Some firms are so focused on clients that they don’t always stop to strategize their own business future. That’s why it caught some by surprise this fall when two heavy hitters — Rouse Frets Gentile Rhodes LLC and White Goss PC — decided to stop competing against one another. They joined forces instead to expand their…

KC Entrepreneurs, Success Stories

Menees Family Dentistry: Third-generation owner brings fresh perspective to family-owned company

When patients call Menees Family Dentistry, they must be specific about which Dr. Menees they want to see. That’s been the case since 1968 when Robert Menees Jr. joined his father, Robert Menees Sr. in the practice Menees Sr. had founded in 1946. Today, Menees Jr. practices with his daughter, Dr. Laura Menees Moore. For Moore, keeping the family business going into the third generation is a labor of love…