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Happiness in a Box: Fête Box

"My whole life I have known that I would work for myself, which, in my own mind, was the definition of an entrepreneur. I had dreams of being an independent person who helped others. It wasn’t until college, though, that I realized my entrepreneurial career should be based around creativity." Maddie Kamphaus of Fête Box.

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Stories from the Heart with Amy Butler, the Story Scribe

"The funny thing is, I never would have thought of myself as courageous in the business-endeavor sense. But each small step toward success—and I count among those the failures that I’ve overcome—has led to a greater trust in myself as an entrepreneur and a businessperson." Amy Butler of The Story Scribe

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Lauren's Hope

Lauren's Hope

Lauren's Hope has grown from a small, home-based business to a company with a national reputation in fashionable medical ID jewelry.

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8183 Studio

A Glimpse behind the Camera

One degree of entrepreneurship: 8183 Studios really gets what that means. On First Fridays, they open up their Crossroads photography studio to makers and microenterprises—helping them shorten the distance between their goods and their customers.

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Netchemia

Netchemia

Carlos Antequera of Netchemia says entrepreneurs should let go of their egos and ask for the help they need to grow their companies.

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Ugly Glass and Co.

Ugly Never Looked So Good

Twelve years ago, Jenny and Skip were crafting nomads, touring the arts and crafts circuit to sell their handmade jewelry. Today, they’ve grown roots in the Historic West Bottoms of Kansas City, Missouri.

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KC Cool

The Craft behind KC Cool

It started with a folding table, a handful of designs and a cool night on First Friday. KC Cool now boasts more than 40 designs and a championship belt in Battle of the Brands.

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SwimZip

SwimZip

Burn the candle at both ends, jump in with your idea, is the advice from young entrepreneur Betsy Johnson.

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LeapIt

Leap and Found

Leap.it is focused on literally reinventing Search. Visual results, curated search and sociability are helping it sculpt a new paradigm.

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ARC Physical Therapy

Big Moves for Business

Last December, ARC Physical Therapy+ closed on a $36 million deal with U.S. Physical Therapy, the nation’s largest publicly traded operator of outpatient physical and occupational therapy clinics. Here's how they got there.

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Local Start, Made in KC

Made in KC

LocalStart has created a network of existing establishments that display with pride the Made in KC products that they offer.

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NexusHQ

NexusHQ

Kyle Ginavan turned his interest in technology into NexusHQ, solving problems for the insurance industry.

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Red Nova Labs

Red Nova Labs, champs of the Innovation/Tech quadrant, shares its stories, its love for KC entrepreneurship and the brand it finds buzz-worthy.

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FireBug BBQ

FireBug BBQ, this year's champ of the Microenterprises, shares its origin story and the folks who have helped them grow.

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