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M-Power Enterprises builds from Primal Cry

Marisa Wiruhayarn’s entrepreneurial journey began when she left Thailand in the early 1980s for a fresh start in the United States. But it would be many years later before her spicy Thai hot sauce would truly launch her into a business of her own. Shortly after coming to the U.S., Wiruhayarn would mourn her young [...]

By |2018-11-12T14:53:46+00:00November 12th, 2018|Success Stories|Comments Off on M-Power Enterprises builds from Primal Cry

The Business of Inclusion & Diversity

I joined Dionne King on a rainy weekday at Quay Coffee in the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. As always she looked like she was ready to meet with the top brass of a major corporation. That wasn’t far from reality. She only had a few minutes for this interview before she was off to [...]

By |2018-10-12T10:54:21+00:00October 12th, 2018|Success Stories|Comments Off on The Business of Inclusion & Diversity

New Owner Positions for Growth

Stella Crewse started at the bottom in a male-dominated industry. She worked her way up from part-time bookkeeper, learning everything she could about the plumbing business in her 14 years at Morgan Miller Plumbing. Then in 2017, she bought it. Crewse began the business transition by enlisting the expertise of the Small Business & Technology [...]

By |2018-09-14T13:51:21+00:00September 14th, 2018|Success Stories|Comments Off on New Owner Positions for Growth

Teen Entrepreneur Aims High

High-achieving, eighteen-year-old Erin Smith will not be following her friends to college this fall. Instead, she’ll delay her entrance to Stanford University to take the next step in developing her medical technology venture, FacePrint. For the past two years, Smith has been working with the UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) on a [...]

By |2018-08-15T15:02:35+00:00August 15th, 2018|Success Stories|Comments Off on Teen Entrepreneur Aims High

A Cut Above

Dane Casey and his wife moved to Kansas City from San Francisco, California in 2017 to pursue his dream to open Venturemen Barbering Shoppe. After years of research and training Dane will celebrate a grand opening this summer in the crossroads arts district of Kansas City. Dane’s passion is to create a space that welcomes [...]

By |2018-07-10T09:38:15+00:00July 9th, 2018|Success Stories|Comments Off on A Cut Above