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Success Stories

Joe Vazquez

Joe Vazquez, owner of Vazquez Commercial Contracting, LLC, thought he wanted to pursue a career as a CPA.  After earning an accounting degree, Joe believed that he was on his way to becoming a “big time” accountant.  However, after five years in the profession, Joe decided to change his career. He was burnt out!

His father-in-law owned a small construction firm performing mainly residential work. Vasquez had also gotten to know the construction industry in the course of conducting construction audits. His father-in-law knew how miserable he was in the accounting world and urged him to leave accounting and join him.  He told Joe, to come and work with him and to see what real work is about.

The father-in-law brought his son and Joe into the business as partners.  He took his business and split it three ways.

Soon after, the three partners started a home building business and was fairly successful until the downturn of the housing market.  The father-in-law... Read More

Angela Hurt, Veracity Consulting, Inc.

Veracity Consulting, Inc. a Woman-owned, Native American company was named as one of the honorees of the 2015 Influential Women of Kansas City Business by KC Magazine.  This award is given to those women who inspire others, create opportunities for their organizations, give back to their communities and mentor others. 

Veracity provides information technology consulting services. Founded in 2006, Veracity Consulting is the result of a key observation from CEO and founder, Angela Hurt.

“Companies were finding technology increasingly difficult to manage and overly complicated for businesses,” said Ms. Hurt. “Technology was changing how we worked together, interact with people, with businesses, and how we live. Businesses wanted help.”

This gap led Angela to create the vision of the “Veracity” experience and Veracity Consulting, Inc. was born. Veracity Consulting, Inc.’s mission is to change the complex world of technology into a more efficient and profitable... Read More

Audrey Spirit

AudreySpirit LLC is an inspiring business born out of passion, need, and love. In 2011, Donna Yadrich lost her beloved 15-year-old daughter, Audrey Grace, from complications of serious medical problems. Although appreciative of the tremendous care Audrey received during her countless hospitalizations, Donna observed that generic hospital gowns stripped young patients of their youthful attitude and personal dignity. Street wear worn in the hospital required a nurse to unhook and re-hook medical lines just to change in to a clean shirt. During Audrey's final hospitalization, Donna made customized t-shirts that were both ”hospital-friendly” and also expressed Audrey's spunky personality. In Audrey’s honor, Donna launched AudreySpirit LLC, a clothing manufacturer that continues her daughter’s mission - to make difficult times that hospital patients face as personable, comfortable and empowering as possible.

The first line of AudreySpirit apparel includes xamtee™ therapeutic... Read More

Comfort of Home Healthcare, LLC

Jason Douglas, co-owner and co-founder of Comfort of Home Healthcare, LLC, a home health care service based in St. Joseph with a satellite office in Gladstone slated to open later this year, didn’t start adult life as a health care entrepreneur.

His repertoire included a wicked curve ball that had opposing hitters flailing away — or

“They’d hit it 400 feet!” he laughs.

He threw in the low 80s — good enough for college, but he knew the majors would be a long, hard climb.

“I chased a lot of foul balls, raked the infield dirt a lot,” he admits.

The curve ball life threw at him when first his father, then father–in-law, then mother-in-law became incapacitated requiring round the clock care.  Staying on top of the often unprofessional caregivers was virtually a job in itself, he recalls. With all this going on, he still held down jobs with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s St. Joseph branch, Blue Sky Home Care and Midland Empire Resources for... Read More