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Blue Hills Contractor Incubator offers group mentoring

Blue Hills Incubator Launches Group Mentoring Program for KC Contractors

Blue Hills Contractor Incubator offers group mentoring

The Blue Hills Contractor Incubator will offer group mentoring this fall to the small construction businesses in its program. 

The incubator, which opened in 2013, already provides office space, training opportunities and business guidance to small and medium contracting firms in the Kansas City region. With its new group mentoring program, each of its 10 businesses will have a team of four mentors: a construction lawyer, a financial professional, a construction industry expert and another professional based on each business's area of need. This "built-in advisory board" will meet with the business on a monthly basis, which will allow the incubator business owners to outline actionable items based on sound, practical advice.

Mentors include:

Arthur Tanner, Tinmaster, Inc., Former President
August Huber, A.L. Huber, Inc., CEO
Ben Anderson, CBIZ MHM, Senior Associate
Ben Shultz, LaborChart, CEO
Bill DeBauche, Esq.,Brown & Ruprecht, Shareholder
Byron Ginsberg, Ginsburg Consulting, Founder
Carlose Estes, Storehouse Planning, Principal
Colleen White, Strategic Workplace Solutions, Inc., President and Owner
Courtney Kounkel, Centric Projects, Partner
Cynthia Herron, Liberty Partners Financial Services, Investment Advisor
Dan Axtell, Lexington Plumbing, Chairman of the Board
Dan Schmidt, Emerging Business CFO, Founder and CEO
David Disney, JE Dunn, Senior Vice President
David Waters, Esq., Lathrop & Gage, Partner
DeVonia Marino, Straub Construction, Business Development and Marketing
Diane Lewis, Esq., Brown & Ruprect, Shareholder
Don Greenwell, The Builders’ Association, President
Donald Maxwell, Esq., Donald E. Maxwell, LLC, Managing Member
Ed Doering, SCORE, Vice President
Greg Sikora, The Weitz Company, Vice President
Jason Carter-Solomon, Enterprise Bank and Trust, Vice President
Jeff Parrish, The Weitz Company, Senior Project Manager
John Hendricks, MoKanRef, Vice President of Training and Development
Juan Ramirez, Arvest Bank, Business Banker
Karla Jones Wilson, Esq., Foutch Brothers, LLC, General Counsel
Kathy Lewis, Westlake Ace Hardware, Human Resources
Kevin Waddell, Foley Company, Estimating Manager
Lee Brumitt, Esq., Dysart Taylor, Shareholder
Luther Salonen, Solonen CFO Services, President
Michele Markey, Kauffman FastTrac, Vice President
Pam Mosher, Enterprise Bank and Trust, Assistant Vice President
Rita Cortes, Esq., Jewish Heritage Foundation, Executive Director
Stanley Buss, Financial Cares, Inc., Owner and President
Susan McGreevy, Esq. , Stinson Leonard Street, Partner
Victor Hammonds, Liberty Bank & Trust, Vice President of Commercial Lending
Willetta Proctor, SPHR, Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Human Resources

Construction businesses typically spend three years in the program, which helps its 10 in-house contracting companies overcome common barriers to growth, including infrastructure development, access to funding, and assistance creating competitive employment packages. Acceptance to the program allows business owners to participate in a construction-specific curriculum, learn from regional general contractors and develop camaraderie and share best practices within the incubator community.

The Blue Hills Contractor Incubator takes applications on a rolling basis. To apply, contact Adrienne Haynes at or (816) 333-7870 ext. 207.


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