Success Stories2018-03-08T09:44:58+00:00
July 9, 2018

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
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June 13, 2018

TicketRX makes it easier to resolve traffic tickets

Everyone hates getting a traffic ticket and then trying to resolve it without going to court. But for over-the-road truck drivers, an unresolved traffic ticket can mean lost income or a lost job. Bryan Shannon’s own experience as a college student led him to create TicketRX to make
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May 14, 2018

iShare Medical creates records in one secure file

What if your medical records could follow you from doctor to specialist to hospital and always be complete, secure and easily shared? That’s the concept behind iShare Medical, a Kansas City based company that has grown with the assistance of the UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center
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April 11, 2018

Midwest Comfort Homes helps homeowners after a disaster

A traumatic childhood experience ultimately led Travis Thonen to start his own business to help others restore their houses after fire, water, smoke and hail damage. “I personally went through an experience with my family many years ago when our family home in Raytown, Missouri almost burnt to
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March 15, 2018

Couples prep for big day with Hitched Planning + Floral

Hitched Planning + Floral is the inspiration of two creative spirits who combined their event planning and floral design talents into beautiful weddings and special occasions. What started 10 years ago as an idea for a home-based studio has grown into a successful business with a Westside Kansas
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January 16, 2018

Local Artist Creates Business From Iconic Kansas City Scenes

When Bernadette “Bernie” Lee could no longer lift a case of wine because of a shoulder injury, she left the wine industry after 30 years and turned her painting hobby into a successful business. With Art From Architecture, Lee paints and sells renderings of iconic Kansas City landscapes,
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April 4, 2017

Mighty Good Solutions has a handle on business

Lugging 10 grocery bags up three flights of stairs every week got Ben Rendo thinking there had to be an easier way to carry multiple bags. His big idea – the Mighty Handle – is a simple solution and the first product of Mighty Good Solutions.   To
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March 9, 2017

CatCoq talks about Art that Sells

Cat Coquillette, a recent graduate of FastTrac NewVenture with the Urban Business Growth Initiative scholarship is ready to help you learn how to create art that sells. You can join her for the first class on Skillshare for a course dedicated to teaching artists and designers tips to boost
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March 9, 2017

Velo Garage and Tap House

Sip a cold, craft beer while you get your bike fixed When Kiley Sutter opened VeloWagon as a mobile bicycle repair shop in a 1969 Volkswagen bus, he found a winning combination: bikes and beer. Now two years later, he’s expanding into Velo Garage and Tap House in
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February 22, 2017

Hip-Hop duo goes high tech with educational start up

How can you capture the attention of kids, have fun and teach a lesson? Try hip-hop! That’s the idea behind H3TV, a local tech business whose owners first approached the Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) last year about reworking their business strategy. Now, they are focused
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August 10, 2016

How She Funded It: SBIR Funding Jumpstarts PatientsVoices™ to Improve Patient Satisfaction

Sometimes ideas come from knowing a market really well. Sometimes they come from serendipity—a happenstance encounter with an undeniable opportunity. Mary Kay O’Connor founded PatientsVoices™ from both experience and instinct. But regardless of the source of inspiration, good ideas can’t get off the ground without funding. Mary Kay
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November 13, 2015

Shop eclectic creations at new Mid Coast Modern location

  If you’re searching for that unique, hand-crafted item from a shop that knows its artists, head to Westport where Mid Coast Modern has recently opened a bigger store with even more design-centric creations. Owner Matt Bramlette is excited about his move from the Crossroads to Westport. His
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June 23, 2015

El Padrino Soccer Wins KCK Chamber Small Business Award

UMKC SBTDC client and ScaleUP! graduate El Padrino Apparel and Soccer Nation is the winner of the KCK Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Award. Owner Raul Villegas’s company not only runs an indoor-soccer league, but also has a retail store that sells soccer apparel and
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February 9, 2015

JUNK Architects, PC, Kansas City, receives 2015 Excellence in Business Award

JUNK Architects, PC, Kansas City, receives 2015 Excellence in Business Award JUNK Architects, PC, of Kansas City, was honored Tuesday, Feb. 3, as a winner of the 2015 University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program’s (BDP) Excellence in Missouri Business Award. The awards highlight outstanding achievements by firms
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August 23, 2012

Success On the Technology Commercialization Path

The same process that keeps paint on car bumpers may keep fillings in your teeth longer. Engineers at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Missouri-Kansas City have created a plasma brush for dentists. It uses a cool “flame” to clean and prep teeth for filling in about 30 seconds. The flame alters
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August 20, 2012

Shamerrific

Principals: Christina Scott and Kevin Neighley shamerrific.com Not many people can say they’ve washed more than a quarter million cars, in under a minute each, with a microfiber-chamois shammy that’s not much larger than a sheet of paper. Christina Scott and Kevin Neighley have. They
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August 20, 2012

Old World Spices

Principals: John Jungk, Amy Jungk, Elizabeth Benteman, and Jill Meinhardt oldworldspices.com Walter Jungk told his son John that pizza, more than likely, was only a fad. It’s a good thing John Jungk didn’t listen. Pizza seasonings were the original impetus behind many years of spice
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August 20, 2012

Matrix Medical

Principals: Ivan E. Brown, Ph.D. and Janet Greene Brown matrixmedkc.com Matrix Medical solves old medical problems with new ideas. Its product line comprises a variety of sports medicine devices that help patients return to normal activities after surgery or injury. From tennis elbow braces to
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A Cut Above

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 […]

TicketRX makes it easier to resolve traffic tickets

TicketRX makes it easier to resolve traffic tickets

Everyone hates getting a traffic ticket and then trying to resolve it without going to court. But for over-the-road truck drivers, an unresolved traffic ticket can mean lost income or a lost job. Bryan Shannon’s own experience as a college student led him to create TicketRX to make the resolution process easier. TicketRX is a […]

iShare Medical creates records in one secure file

iShare Medical creates records in one secure file

What if your medical records could follow you from doctor to specialist to hospital and always be complete, secure and easily shared? That’s the concept behind iShare Medical, a Kansas City based company that has grown with the assistance of the UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC). The company contracts with 23 federal […]

Midwest Comfort Homes helps homeowners after a disaster

Midwest Comfort Homes helps homeowners after a disaster

A traumatic childhood experience ultimately led Travis Thonen to start his own business to help others restore their houses after fire, water, smoke and hail damage. “I personally went through an experience with my family many years ago when our family home in Raytown, Missouri almost burnt to the ground one winter,” Thonen said. “I […]

Couples prep for big day with Hitched Planning + Floral

Couples prep for big day with Hitched Planning + Floral

Hitched Planning + Floral is the inspiration of two creative spirits who combined their event planning and floral design talents into beautiful weddings and special occasions. What started 10 years ago as an idea for a home-based studio has grown into a successful business with a Westside Kansas City location and an expanded team of […]

Local Artist Creates Business From Iconic Kansas City Scenes

Local Artist Creates Business From Iconic Kansas City Scenes

When Bernadette “Bernie” Lee could no longer lift a case of wine because of a shoulder injury, she left the wine industry after 30 years and turned her painting hobby into a successful business. With Art From Architecture, Lee paints and sells renderings of iconic Kansas City landscapes, college stadiums, sorority houses and custom portraits […]

Mighty Good Solutions has a handle on business

Mighty Good Solutions has a handle on business

Lugging 10 grocery bags up three flights of stairs every week got Ben Rendo thinking there had to be an easier way to carry multiple bags. His big idea – the Mighty Handle – is a simple solution and the first product of Mighty Good Solutions.   To get started, Rendo sought the help of […]

CatCoq talks about Art that Sells

CatCoq talks about Art that Sells

Cat Coquillette, a recent graduate of FastTrac NewVenture with the Urban Business Growth Initiative scholarship is ready to help you learn how to create art that sells. You can join her for the first class on Skillshare for a course dedicated to teaching artists and designers tips to boost their passive income through selling artwork. After attending courses […]

Velo Garage and Tap House

Velo Garage and Tap House

Sip a cold, craft beer while you get your bike fixed When Kiley Sutter opened VeloWagon as a mobile bicycle repair shop in a 1969 Volkswagen bus, he found a winning combination: bikes and beer. Now two years later, he’s expanding into Velo Garage and Tap House in a North Kansas City location that he […]

Hip-Hop duo goes high tech with educational start up

Hip-Hop duo goes high tech with educational start up

How can you capture the attention of kids, have fun and teach a lesson? Try hip-hop! That’s the idea behind H3TV, a local tech business whose owners first approached the Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) last year about reworking their business strategy. Now, they are focused on introducing their healthy hip hop and […]

How She Funded It: SBIR Funding Jumpstarts PatientsVoices™ to Improve Patient Satisfaction

Sometimes ideas come from knowing a market really well. Sometimes they come from serendipity—a happenstance encounter with an undeniable opportunity. Mary Kay O’Connor founded PatientsVoices™ from both experience and instinct. But regardless of the source of inspiration, good ideas can’t get off the ground without funding. Mary Kay O’Connor, founder of PatientsVoices™ and recent recipient […]

Shop eclectic creations at new Mid Coast Modern location

Shop eclectic creations at new Mid Coast Modern location

  If you’re searching for that unique, hand-crafted item from a shop that knows its artists, head to Westport where Mid Coast Modern has recently opened a bigger store with even more design-centric creations. Owner Matt Bramlette is excited about his move from the Crossroads to Westport. His new space is larger, which means more […]

El Padrino Soccer Wins KCK Chamber Small Business Award

UMKC SBTDC client and ScaleUP! graduate El Padrino Apparel and Soccer Nation is the winner of the KCK Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Award. Owner Raul Villegas’s company not only runs an indoor-soccer league, but also has a retail store that sells soccer apparel and equipment. Congrats to Raul and El Padrino! Photo courtesy […]

JUNK Architects, PC, Kansas City, receives 2015 Excellence in Business Award

JUNK Architects, PC, Kansas City, receives 2015 Excellence in Business Award JUNK Architects, PC, of Kansas City, was honored Tuesday, Feb. 3, as a winner of the 2015 University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program’s (BDP) Excellence in Missouri Business Award. The awards highlight outstanding achievements by firms that have worked with the Missouri Small […]

Success On the Technology Commercialization Path

Success On the Technology Commercialization Path

The same process that keeps paint on car bumpers may keep fillings in your teeth longer. Engineers at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Missouri-Kansas City have created a plasma brush for dentists. It uses a cool “flame” to clean and prep teeth for filling in about 30 seconds. The flame alters the tooth surface to strengthen the bond with […]

Shamerrific

Principals: Christina Scott and Kevin Neighley shamerrific.com Not many people can say they’ve washed more than a quarter million cars, in under a minute each, with a microfiber-chamois shammy that’s not much larger than a sheet of paper. Christina Scott and Kevin Neighley have. They are the co-inventors and founders of Shamerrific, an innovative line […]

Old World Spices

Principals: John Jungk, Amy Jungk, Elizabeth Benteman, and Jill Meinhardt oldworldspices.com Walter Jungk told his son John that pizza, more than likely, was only a fad. It’s a good thing John Jungk didn’t listen. Pizza seasonings were the original impetus behind many years of spice learning, training, and development that eventually led to Old World […]

Matrix Medical

Principals: Ivan E. Brown, Ph.D. and Janet Greene Brown matrixmedkc.com Matrix Medical solves old medical problems with new ideas. Its product line comprises a variety of sports medicine devices that help patients return to normal activities after surgery or injury. From tennis elbow braces to ankle wraps to wound protection, Matrix Medical’s product line treats […]

Flava Cap

Principal: Craig Valentine www.flavacap.com Vitamin water, bottled tea, energy drinks, fruit drinks: the bottles sit on the shelves as the premixed ingredients drift to the bottom of the bottle or lose their potency. And single-serve powered mixes are messy and easily spilled. Flava Cap has figured out a way to keep these ingredients in the […]

Plug Projects

Principals: Caleb Taylor, Nicole Mauser, Amy Kligman, Misha Kligman, and Cory Imig www.plugprojects.com PLUG Projects was formed in early 2011 by five Kansas City artists. A fresh gallery with a fresh perspective, PLUG is not only a curatorial collaboration between these artists, it’s way to enrich and expand conversations about art. PLUG renovated its West Bottoms […]

Lala Studio

Principal: Lisa Lala www.lalastudio.net Pay off parking tickets. Start a family charitable foundation. Stop biting my nails. Die on my own terms. Download better music. These, and thousands more, are the scribbled goals that make up Lisa Lala’s List Wall Project. Originating in Kansas City in 2009, the List Wall Project is a grassroots drivenconceptual […]

Jane Gotch Dance

Principal: Jane Gotch www.janegotch.com  What if what people really wanted was not a spectacle but an intimate human connection? That’s the motivation behind Jane Gotch’s art—and the question behind WE!, an innovative, collaborative installation dance performance staged in an abandoned downtown office space formerly occupied by AT&T. WE! took 40 audience members out of their […]

Chris Dahlquist Fine Art

Principals: Chris and Kyle Dahlquist www.chrisdahlquist.com Chris Dahlquist learned to use a camera and develop pictures as she was learning to ride a bicycle and write in cursive. Her school years were spent doing science fair projects where she’d test the photographic medium, learning the rules just so she could break them. All innovation, she […]

Bread! KC

Bread! KC

Principals: Sean Starowitz and Andrew William Erdich breadkc.wordpress.com BREAD! KC has found a novel way to feed “starving artists.” A microfinancing organization, BREAD! KC provides a sustainable, democratic means of supporting the Kansas City creative community. To do that, it hosts monthly migrating dinner parties to raise money for its microgrants. Preselected artists or organizations […]

Innovaprep

Principals: Dave Alburty, Carol Pranulis, and Andy Page innovaprep.com There’s a serious gap in biological detection technologies between the size of real-world environmental and clinical sample volumes and the size of sample volumes that can actually be analyzed by biological detectors. InnovaPrep’s technologies fill that need. InnovaPrep improves the way biological samples, especially those containing […]

EV Instruments

Principals: Denise Moser, Robert Casper, Rudy Valenzuela, and Troy Lentz www.evinstruments.com One dashboard to rule them all. That’s the mission behind MiMod®, EV Instruments’ flexible and customizable digital dashboard for electric and high performance vehicles. Through its touchscreen, MiMod allows drivers of electric cars to monitor the vehicle’s s battery, speed, odometer, and navigation. It […]

Craig Safety Technologies

Principals: Brenda Craig craigsafetytechnologies.com Companies typically scatter their safety data, training, and compliance across computer files, paper documents, spreadsheets, and accounting programs—neither an effective nor an efficient solution. Craig Safety Technologies integrates all areas of compliance and risk management into a simple, cloud-based software solution, its Compliance Safety Manager™ (CSM). With this software, companies can […]

Androjek

Principals: Dr. David Brown, Michael Jackson, and David Orwick androjek.com Sixty percent of infertility in couples is due to male infertility issues, yet historically, fertility treatments have focused on women, causing disruptive time-consuming and expensive treatments. AndroJek is working to solve that with innovative screening and diagnostics for male infertility. Its world-patented Male Reproductive Healthsm Panel […]