Meet ScaleUP! Kansas City’s 12th Cohort of 18 Scaling Business OwnersDavid Cawthon
The ScaleUP! Kansas City program announced its 12th cohort of 18 local companies who will get the coaching, perspective and connections to scale, create new jobs, open new locations, develop resiliency for the future and strengthen the regional economy. The program, now in its seventh year, is the longest running program in Kansas City for scaling businesses, open to any industry and growth-minded entrepreneurs in the greater Kansas City bi-state region.
“ScaleUP! Kansas City has a long history and proven track record of helping Kansas City business owners get the confidence, one-on-one coaching and professional peer network they need to not only grow multimillion-dollar businesses, but also become business and community leaders,” says Jill Hathaway, program coordinator for ScaleUP! Kansas City. “ScaleUP! KC offers vital support for these businesses that fuel the economy in our metro.”
Like the business owners from the previous 11 ScaleUP! KC cohorts, these newest scaling entrepreneurs lead small businesses across the Kansas City region and represent diverse industries, such as coffee, software, cycling, visual storytelling, consulting, construction, human resources, hair care, fitness, distilling, photography and more.
ScaleUP! KC is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the U.S. Economic Development Administration through the Mid-America Regional Council. Event sponsorship has been funded by Arvest Bank. Administrative support and coaching is facilitated by Missouri’s Small Business Development Center at UMKC, a program of the UMKC Innovation Center.
“Every business owner who completes the ScaleUP! Kansas City program gets a new perspective that helps them transition from working in their business to working on their business,” Hathaway says. “This 16-week program has a profound impact on the top-tier Kansas City business owners who enroll and opens real-world doors to new possibilities and goals they’ve been dreaming of. The coaching, connections and skill-building helps them navigate the unexpected with a clear vision and the confidence to tackle any challenge.”
Including this newest cohort, 193 Kansas City-area business owners have participated in this selective program. ScaleUP! KC helps them create the processes, strategies and long-term plans to not only grow but also to scale their businesses and be equipped and ready for shifts and opportunities. Awards, revenue increases and business growth are common headline-grabbing results of the entrepreneurs who complete ScaleUP! KC.
Announcing Cohort 12
The 12th ScaleUP! Kansas City cohort includes:
Amanda Anderson – Contractor Accelerator, Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Christina Baanders-Decker – Midwest Cyclery LLC, Kansas City, Missouri
Bobby Caffrey – Chopper Industries LLC, DeSoto, Kansas
Ian Davis – Blip Roasters, Kansas City, Missouri
Brittany Fugate – Cenetric Network Services Inc., Olathe, Kansas
Laura Garfield – Idea Decanter, Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Zack Gould – KnockTurn Labs, Pleasant Hill, Missouri
Sara Greenwood – Greenwood Consulting Group, Mission Hills, Kansas
Scott Holsman – Next Level Performers, Overland Park, Kansas
Karen Hughey – KR-HR/Nucleus Training Solutions, Overland Park, Kansas
Reda Ibrahim – RK Contractors LLC, Kansas City, Missouri
Rickey Leathers – Savvy Salon, Mission, Kansas
Elisabeth Megli – Theme Strategic Proposals, Grandview, Missouri
Michelle Ortiz – MJ Fitness LLC, Kansas City, Missouri
Cecilia Smith – The Facial Bar, Kansas City, Missouri
Michael Stuckey – Lifted Spirits Distillation, Kansas City, Missouri
Gerald Thompson – Handyman Pro of Northland KC, Lathrop, Missouri
Bryan Tobiason – KC Home Photography, Gardner, Kansas