Jeanna Ruehter gives pets (and owners) the gift of time By John Beaudoin It all started with a neighborhood walk with a neighbor's dog. And nine years later, Jeanna Ruehter is setting the standard for in-home pet care and dog walking. As each entrepreneur has his or her own story of risk (and, ultimately, reward), Jeanna is no different. A stay-at-home mom before taking her risk nearly a decade ago, Jeanna opened Latchkey Pets after seeing a distinct need in her community. One dog walk turned into referrals and needs from additional families for pet sitting. "I really enjoyed visiting with [...]
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Degree in interpreting leads to risks, reward for local entrepreneur By John Beaudoin Melding decades of interpreter work with the entrepreneurial spirit has led Stephanie Winslow to the ultimate risk-taking - business ownership. And just ask her ... it's her passion and reason for working every single day. "Building community where ASL (American Sign Language) is treasured by all stakeholders drives my passion," said Winslow, owner of ASL Interpreter Connect, a Sign Language interpreting agency that has offered on-site/in-person and virtual training for ASL/English interpreters since 2010. Her firm specializes in skills-based and language acquisition focused training as well as healthcare [...]
An attorney and a marketing professional walk into a room... No, it's not the opening line of a great joke. It's the story of Tim Denker and Kevin Oldham, two entrepreneurial forces that joined to expand their business models and their comfort zones in the last two years. They took a risk, and that's what this is all about. Oldham, owner of Diffactory, and Denker, founder of Denker Law Firm, LLC, collaborated in 2018 to jump out of their routines and into the smoothie and supplement business. "I met the founder (of The Smoothie Shop and Supplements) in 2017, and while [...]
The Dr. is in: Philip Hickman takes reading to the next level By John Beaudoin A former superintendent. An entrepreneur. And yes, a risk-taker. Dr. Philip Hickman is the creator of PlaBook and the winner of this past July's Velocity Lee's Summit Pitch Pub Crawl. PlaBook's mission is to close the gap of reading and media literacy, bring back the love of writing and to produce immersive multimedia content to increase access and quality to all. Dr. Hickman said he was frustrated with the obstacles that prevented children from reading as well as the lack of engagement in books. He set [...]