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March 19, 2020

Looking to support local companies? Our latest entrepreneur, FlipSwitch VR, has a location in the Crossroads and the owners are KC natives as well. More information on this company can be found below:

FlipSwitch VR

Jim and Jamie Mahoney, dad & son duo, are the founders of FlipSwitch VR. With a background in mechanical and architectural engineering, the duo wanted to create a complete immersion experience for their audience. When starting the business in 2017, both had no gaming development knowledge. They reached out to local college students to help with programing and other aspects of the game development. However, once they created the interface, they faced challenges with tracking movement and motion sickness. Once these items were resolved, the game was ready for opening day in 2018. Today, their location offers a free-roaming, multi-player gaming experience with escape room, skeleton v pirate, zombie fighting, and paintball games. Find out more about FlipSwitch VR here.

Read about our other Entrepreneurial Showcases in our local office blogs. If you are an entrepreneur interested in sharing your story during one of our lunch-n-learns, please email kcevents@cbiz.com.




December 20, 2019

Happy holidays! Our winter lineup of entrepreneurs were full of holly, jolly cheer this quarter. These organizations have done more than their fair share to be on the nice list. More information on these companies can be found below:

Hello Big Idea

Ashley is the founder and creative director at Hello Big Idea. A former high school business teacher and self-taught designer, Ashley is passionate about helping fellow creative entrepreneurs follow their dreams. Just like any big idea, hers is truly a labor of hard work and dedication, created through lots of late nights, countless bottles of wine, and a good amount of networking and strategizing. Hello Big Idea has helped hundreds of clients take their business from an idea to a thriving brand. Their small and mighty team of designers, strategists, writers, photographers and videographers take on a range of projects – from brand identities to social media strategy to website design and so much more. Find out more about Hello Big Idea here.

Hempworx

Robin is the owner of Robin Leach Global Consulting & Health Products. After years in the Mutual Fund & Construction Industries, she decided to follow her passion into Health & Healing with Natural Products. Robin & her team have helped hundreds of clients feel better and heal from ailments they've suffered with for years. She is an Independent Affiliate for one of the top CBD Brands in the country - Hempworx. Find out more about Hempwrox here.

Roby Jean’s

Ruby Jean’s Juicery is a local shop owned by Chris Goode. They specialize in selling cold-pressed juices and smoothies, along with healthy food options at Ruby Jean’s Kitchen and Juicery. Chris’ grandmother, Ruby Jean, helped raise him. Throughout his childhood, his grandmother would make homemade meals rich with butter and sugar. After his grandmother and great grand-mother passed away from diseases related to their diets, Chris decided that he wanted to create change. Chris opened Ruby Jean’s, because he wanted people to be healthy. He wants to promote a healthy diet and lifestyle for people in the Kansas City metro area one healthy drink at a time. Find out more about Roby Jean’s here.

Read about our other Entrepreneurial Showcases in our local office blogs. If you are an entrepreneur interested in sharing your story during one of our lunch-n-learns, please email kcevents@cbiz.com.




September 16, 2019

As summer cools down, our fall lineup of entrepreneurs are warming up started. Satisfying consumers unique needs are what both of these organizations pride themselves on by offering their clients a high quality product that it sure to deliver. More information on these companies can be found below:

ProAthlete

ProAthlete is an online B2C retailer that sells baseball bats and gloves since 1987. They weren’t always an online retailer, they started with brick and mortar stores in Parkville, MO (just up north over the river) and switched to an online based company shortly after they realized that they can reach far more customers than their brick and mortar store could. ProAthlete has a single tiered organizational structure (everybody is a manger), reduced their employee count to no more than 48 employees, has been named a heathiest employer in KC for six straight years, and offers their employees flexible work arrangements and many amenities on site as well. Their focus is solely on baseball bats and gloves, however, their competitive advantage is their shipping and customization services. Find out more about ProAthlete here.

Swappa

Swappa is a B2C used technology online reseller that opened in 2010. The firm started when the owner had a bad experience with purchasing a used cell phone. Their policy is that no junk is allowed and all listings go through an in-depth review process before buyers are allowed to view the product. With having majority of their employees working from home, it has allowed them to expand their platform to include “local swap spots” that make selling products much faster than waiting for it to be shipped. Swappa is a platform for more than just cellphones; they also sell screen protectors, camera, laptops, and other small electronic devices too. Find out more about Swappa here.

Read about our other Entrepreneurial Showcases in our local office blogs. If you are an entrepreneur interested in sharing your story during one of our lunch-n-learns, please email kcevents@cbiz.com.




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