Profiles: Entrepreneurial Journey

Entrepreneurial Journey, Personal Growth

Eric and Shanny Morgenstern: Realigning Morningstar

They can still recite their resumes from back in the day, but it’s been a lifetime since Eric and Shanny Morgenstern weren’t spouses, parents and business partners all rolled into one. For almost 40 years, they have been the driving magic behind Morningstar Communications. Today, as the two have transitioned the business yet again to meet both their needs and those of their customers, they are also taking time to…

Entrepreneurial Journey, 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…

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…)

Entrepreneurial Journey, Personal Growth

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…

Entrepreneurial Journey, Personal Growth

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…