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Your Favorite 2014 Entrepreneurs in Action

This year, we launched Entrepreneurs in Action, a spinoff of our WeCreateKC report that let us share the diverse stories of KC entrepreneurship.

A quick glance at this very short list will show you that Kansas City loves to support all types of entrepreneurship, from the Main Street businesses that define our city’s character to the microenterprises that help families increase their personal worth. We love our innovation-led companies that need resources to run like gazelles and we support our second stage firms, those who have survived the startup phase and help strengthen our local economy.

Below are your top 10 favorites. Browse the lot at Entrepreneurs in Action, and be sure to contribute your story at wecreatekc.com. (We may even share it in this year’s report.)

(Need help getting to your success story? Give us a call at 816.235.6500 and we’ll connect you with experts who can help you grow—or browse our website. Click on “Choose Your Entrepreneur Type” to get tips, resources and events, tailored to your type of business, for example Resources for Main Street Businesses.)

  1. Indigo Wild, Zum Bar SoapIndigo Wild: "Any more natural and you’d be naked."A clear winner for our top Entrepreneurs in Action story for the year (is it because we said “naked”?), Indigo Wild founder Emily Voth takes on the KCSourceLink Questionnaire, telling us what stops her in her tracks, what’s on her entrepreneurial wish list and why Zum makes us feel so good about getting dirty.

     

  2. 8183 Studios: 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.

     

  3. SwimZip: Diving Head First into the Shark Tank

    Youth Entrepreneurs alumna Betsy Johnson takes her product SwimZip to the hit pitch show Shark Tank.

     

  4. Buzz from the Bracket, Red Nova LabsRed Nova Labs: How They Won the Third Battle of the BrandsWe cornered the folks at Red Nova Labs and got them to tell us exactly how they won this year's Battle of the Brands. Here's what Katelyn Wyss, Marketing/Sales coordinator, had to say.

     

  5. Fusion Fitness: Fit for Business

    Fusion Fitness is home to the most challenging workouts in Kansas City--and with a new spin studio and a new fall location, it's catching on.

     

  6. Triple-I Corporation: Dillon Hughes on KC Innovation

    "It's not enough." Dillon Hughes of Triple-I Corporation calls Kansas City to capitalize on our entrepreneurial momentum.

     

  7. Leap.it: Leap and Found

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

     

  8. Talent abounds at Springboard CreativeSpringboard Creative: Springing into Action

    Call him the evangelist. Springboard Creative's Kevin Fullerton is dedicated to finding, grooming and keeping talent right here in Kansas City.

     

  9. 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.

     

  10. Think Big Partners: Who You Need to Know: Herb Sih
    Meet Herb Sih, managing partner of Think Big Partners, and a force in entrepreneurship whom you should really get to know.

So those are your favorite KC entrepreneurs of 2014. Who will be on the list next year? You tell us. Share your story at www.wecreatekc.com.

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