Mindy Rocha of CJ Industries LLC

From Toiling in the Basement to Helping Build the KC Airport: See How This Construction Entrepreneur Did It

Mindy Rocha’s dad and grandfather were pipefitters by trade. When she was in her early teens, her dad started his own business in their basement. Like many ventures, it was a family affair. “I did my first quote letter at 13,” Mindy says. “My love for my dad became a love...

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ScaleUP! Kansas City Cohort 13

ScaleUP! Kansas City Reveals 13th Cohort of Scaling Business Owners

The ScaleUP! Kansas City program announced its 13th cohort of 20 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 eighth year, is the longest...

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Brittany Fugate of Cenetric

Setbacks, Losing Home, Car Led to Accolades, Major Growth for KC Founder

Grit can get you far in life — and in entrepreneurship. It’s taken Brittany Fugate from struggling student to young mom to acclaimed business owner. As president and CEO of Cenetric, Brittany leads a team of nearly 30 and provides managed IT expertise to organizations of all sizes. She’s been recognized...

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Chris Goodwin of Insurance Pros

ScaleUP! KC Helped Insurance Pros Find a Growth Spurt, Power through the Pandemic

Chris Goodwin had a pretty good idea of what he was doing when he started Insurance Pros in 2002. But the training and networking available in the Kansas City entrepreneurial ecosystem helped him realize he doesn’t know it all — and that’s more than fine. These opportunities for KC...

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How ScaleUP! KC Elevated These Small Businesses … and It Can Boost Yours, Too!

In the five years since Dr. Michelle Macrorie participated in ScaleUP! Kansas City, there have been a few changes with her business, Autism From The Start. She’s opened a second location and purchased, expanded and renovated a commercial property she used to rent. She expects to have tripled...

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ScaleUP! Kansas City Cohort 12

ScaleUP! Kansas City Seeks Top-Tier Small Business Owners Primed to Scale for 13th Cohort

ScaleUP! Kansas City — a selective, game-changing program, offered at no cost to selected participants — is now accepting applications. Its 13th cohort runs from Aug. 24, 2023, to Dec., 14 2023. Applications are accepted through Aug. 14, 2023, at scaleupkc.com. “For nearly a decade, ScaleUP! Kansas City has helped...

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AbdulRasak and Alicia Yahaya of Open Minds Child Development Center

How a KC Entrepreneur Couple Scaled Their Child Care Business, Despite Pandemic Hurdles

Kansas City entrepreneurs AbdulRasak and Alicia Yahaya share how determination and local programs like ScaleUP! KC were essential to helping them build, grow and scale their early childhood education business.

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How KC Entrepreneur Resources Help Black Founders Launch, Grow Businesses

A robust network of KC-area organizations helps Black entrepreneurs get the training, growth resources and financing they need to thrive during and beyond the pandemic.

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Meet ScaleUP! Kansas City’s 12th Cohort of 18 Scaling Business Owners

ScaleUP! KC cohort 12 features 18 entrepreneurs across the Kansas City metro.

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How KC’s Yogurtini Founder Scaled His Businesses to Give Back during COVID

Isaac Lee Collins leveraged what he learned in ScaleUP! KC to transform Yogurtini and start a consulting business during the pandemic.

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