Celebrating 36 Women-Owned Businesses in Kansas City

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Trendsetting. Innovating. Breaking the glass ceiling. As a majority women-owned and women-run business, IN Kansas City magazine takes pride in recognizing the dedication of Kansas City’s women in business. For the last two decades, women-owned businesses have been the fastest growing segment in the U.S. economy, and every day, across the country, over 1,800 women start a new business. In this special section, we’re highlighting Kansas City women business owners. After all, support for women-owned businesses fosters female empowerment, gender parity, local economic growth, and vibrant Kansas City communities.

Mission Farms’ Women-Owned Businesses

The Women of Mission Farms
These fierce females make it happen in their shops, restaurants, salons, studios, and galleries. Did you know that over half of the businesses at Mission Farms are owned or co-owned by women? Let’s celebrate and support these women-owned businesses. 

There’s no place like Mission Farms anywhere in Johnson County—a vibrant destination blending the best life has to offer in an area steeped in history and tradition. Conveniently nestled in the heart of Leawood at Indian Creek Parkway (106th Street) and Mission Road.

Blue Koi Owner: Jane Changbluekoi.net • 913-383-3330

Cuorebella Owner: Trish Church Podlasekcuorebella.com  913.325.7354

Enjoy Pure Food+Drink Owner: Staci Cross • enjoypurefood.com • 913-544-1515

Eye Style Optics Owner: Lisa McDermotteyestyleoptics.com • 913-313-1207

Fusion Fitness Owner: Darby Brender • fusionfitness.com • 913-800-1874

Gallery V Fine Arts Owner: Valerie Phillipsgalleryvfinearts.com • 913-341-3483

GoodVets Owner: Dr. Julie Bradfordopl@good-vets.com • 913-407-0400

Mission: SKIN Owner: Jan Miller  • missionskinkc.com • 913-730-8050

Páros Estiatorio Owner: Kozeta Krekaparosleawood.com • 913-544-1262

Rye Owner: Megan Garreltsryekc.com • 913-642-5800

VanBrock Owner: Bonne Illigvanbrockjewels.com • 913-341-7273

Xiphium Salon Owner: Vilma Sube  xiphium.com  913-696-1616

Portfolio Kitchen & Home

Celebrating 20 Years as Kansas City’s Design Destination
Geri Higgins, Founder and President of Portfolio Kitchen & Home, is known for her innovative and personalized approach to Kitchen and Home Design.

Under her leadership, Portfolio Kitchen & Home is recognized as one of the Midwest’s Premiere Kitchen, Bath and Home Design Firms. Recipients of numerous accolades and awards for their work, the Portfolio collection of design services includes renovation, restoration, and new build construction. Their beautiful showroom located across from Union Station has become Kansas City’s ultimate design destination.

Portfolio’s sophisticated design, combined with their vast array of beautiful, unique materials has established them as Kansas City’s go-to design firm. Their client-driven approach and commitment to excellence has led to lifelong client relationships. No matter the size of the project, Portfolio is committed to honoring their client’s needs and their signature style.

Owner: Geri Higgins
In Business Since: 2004
portfolio-home.com • 816-363-5300 • 215 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO  

Georgous Aesthetic Bar

Your Natural Beauty, Elevated
At Georgous Aesthetic Bar, Georgia Cirese is known as the “OG Injector.” With over 20 years of experience in aesthetics, the owner of the local medspa is nationally recognized for her work in aesthetic injection treatments, such as wrinkle relaxers and cosmetic fillers. In fact, Cirese often travels the country as a national trainer and speaks at conferences. She’s also a Registered Nurse (RN) and Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS).

Cirese founded Georgous Aesthetic Bar with her daughter, Mary Katelyn, in 2019, hoping to define a new category of boutique clinics. Five years later, Cirese leads a team of licensed and trained providers who produce natural, yet stunning, results and guide patients through the treatment options that best meet each individual’s needs.

At Georgous Aesthetic Bar, expect an experience that’s both professional and personal in a comfortable and inviting space—comfort and safety are a top priority. The clinic’s treatments include wrinkle relaxers, such as Botox, Daxxify, Dysport, and Jeuveau; cosmetic fillers; PDO thread lifts; PRP facelifts and facials; bootylift, laser treatments, including BBL/IPL, hair removal, and HALO; microneedling; chemical peels: facials and medical weight management.

Each treatment at the clinic is backed by science and results so clients can rest assured knowing their treatment plan is effective. After all, Cirese’s motto is that the best procedures are the ones that are undetectable. At Georgous Aesthetic Bar, it’s all about elevating each client’s natural beauty.

Owner: Georgia Cirese, RN, CANS
In Business Since: 2019
georgouskc.com • 816-946-8484 • 4505 Madison Ave, Kansas City, MO

Aull Organized

Organization Makes People Happy
Meet Emily Aull, the owner of Aull Organized, a premier professional organizing service dedicated to transforming both in-home and commercial spaces into havens of efficiency and tranquility. With a passion for orderliness and a keen eye for detail, Aull helps her clients declutter, streamline, and maximize their spaces to achieve harmony and functionality.

Driven by a desire to simplify lives and alleviate stress, Aull founded Aull Organized on the belief that an organized space leads to a clearer mind and a happier life. Her personalized approach to organizing ensures that each client receives tailored solutions that meet their unique needs and preferences.

From closets and kitchens to offices and retail spaces, Aull  tackles every organizing challenge with enthusiasm and expertise She is known for her innovative solutions and practical strategies, helping clients establish sustainable systems that promote long-term organization and productivity.

Featured as an organizing expert in Apartment Therapy, The Spruce, and a frequent podcast guest, Aull ’s impact goes beyond just organizing physical spaces—she also provides invaluable support and guidance to her clients, empowering them to make meaningful changes and cultivate a more balanced lifestyle on her Instagram account @aullorganized. 

With Emily Aull at the helm, Aull Organized is more than just a service—it’s a trusted partner on the journey to a more organized and harmonious life. Whether you’re looking to declutter your home, optimize your workspace, or streamline your business operations, Aull  is here to help you elevate your spaces that inspire clarity, creativity, and calm.

Owner: Emily Aull
In Business Since: 2021
aullorganized.com • 913-461-6438 • aullorganized@gmail.com


Live Well // Dress Well
Founded in 2020 by Joni Johnson, Clairvaux is a specialty women’s fashion boutique focused on emerging and heritage designers that reflect Johnson’s desire to blend “Parisian chic with California cool.”

Driven by a vision to help women look and feel their best, Clairvaux provides an unhurried and inviting environment offering carefully curated ready-to-wear clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories. Clients are supported by a dedicated, knowledgeable staff prepared for everything from a personal styling session to a full-closet review and edit.

Johnson travels the world attending markets in New York, Los Angeles, Copenhagen and Paris to bring the best designers to Kansas City. “I love curating collections that inspire me. When you come into Clairvaux, you can always expect to discover emerging talent and products that are best-in-class. It’s also really important to me that there are a variety of price points. No matter what your age or budget you will love what you find at Clairvaux.”

Two flagship locations in Fairway and Overland Park serve the Kansas City metro, while ShopClairvaux.com carefully packs and ships designer styles nationwide. We invite you to join us in discovering your personal style and live our mission to Live Well // Dress Well.

Owners: Joni Johnson
In Business Since: 2020
shopclairvaux.com • 913-499-6660
Fairway: 2710 W 53rd St, Fairway, KS 66205
Hawthorne Plaza: 11934 Roe Ave, Overland Park, KS 66209 

Left to right: Kristina Shewmaker, Samantha Sander, Barbara Gulin, Amanda Moore, Adriana Cruz, Janet Wahoff.

BG Wealth Management

Your Partner in Achieving Financial Success
At the heart of BG Wealth Management’s mission is a commitment to providing a pressure-free environment where every individual can confidently pursue their retirement goals. Led by the innovative CEO and owner Barbara Gulin, the team brings a unique perspective to the table. Gulin’s journey, from her upbringing as the daughter of Civil Service employees to her eventual calling in the financial services industry, reflects our deeply rooted connection to the Kansas City community.

Gulin’s childhood experiences throughout the US instilled in her a sense of adaptability and empathy, qualities that permeate our approach to client care. Initially pursuing a career in electrical engineering, her passion for helping others navigate the complexities of finance led her to her true calling. With extensive experience in insurance and investments, Gulin’s knowledge is matched only by her ability to translate complex financial concepts into accessible language.

Beyond her professional achievements, Gulin is deeply engaged in the community, serving as a board member for HSFT Cosmopolitan Club, which actively pursues a cure for juvenile diabetes. Her involvement in her church finance committee underscores her commitment to making a tangible difference in the lives of others.

In a world where financial planning often feels like uncharted territory, BG Wealth Management stands as a beacon of assurance and empowerment. With a dedicated team of fiduciaries, they specialize in holistic financial planning, ensuring that every aspect of their clients’ needs, from retirement and tax strategies to legacy planning, is meticulously addressed.

Owner: Barbara Gulin
In Business Since: 2012
safeharborfpg.com • 913-553-6222 • 5700 Broadmoor St., Suite 500, Mission, KS 66202

Karin Ross Designs

Your Complete Design + Build Solution
Karin Ross has over 25 years in the field experience when it comes to kitchen and bathroom remodeling and new build projects. Karin’s European background influences her style and passion for clean and elegant looks. She is famous for creating stunning transitional and authentic European styles.

When walking into a new kitchen or bathroom created by Karin Ross Designs, your eye will be pleasantly surprised at the harmony achieved between all the elements involved in the project. 

From paint color to the very last detail, Karin goes above and beyond to make sure she captured the client’s desires and needs into the newly created space. “Our designs are elegant but functional” says Ross as the company transforms one kitchen or bathroom at a time. “We listen to our client whether their personal style is traditional, classic, contemporary, or transitional, and we make it our passion to take their ideas and make them into a beautiful and inspiring environment for their homes. We travel extensively to find sources for new products and to continually connect with the best-of-the-best vendors, artisans, and craftspeople. We offer the customer great values on every design element from fine cabinetry to floor covering and the best designs in lighting.” 

Services include an in-house designer and a project manager who work together and just happen to be the dynamic duo of husband and wife. Together they ensure every detail reflects your personal style and they create your dream kitchen or bath. Your satisfaction is their goal. 

Owner: Karin Ross
In Business Since: 2006
karinrossdesigns.com • 816-425-2815 • 1260 Northwest Sloan, Lee’s Summit, MO

Serendipity Farm and Vine, LLC 

Johnson County’s Newest Vineyard, Tasting Room, and Event Space
Today, Amy Roberts owns Serendipity Farm & Vine. In 2019, she was soul-searching. She’d spent more than two decades working in the finance industry, her three kids were getting older, and she’d realized she needed to do something new.

“I [needed] to make a change in my life and get out of my comfort zone,” Roberts says. “Sometimes in life, we are afraid of making that big leap of faith, hoping we are making the right decision.”

While looking for a home for her parents, Roberts stumbled upon her opportunity to leap: a three-barn farm on 19 acres in Stilwell. She could see the beauty of the land, and she could see what she was meant to do with it. It felt like serendipity.

Roberts bought the property in August 2019. She got to work renovating the barns and planting the fields, and she brought her father on as head winemaker. Now in its fourth year, Serendipity Farm & Vine sells 17 original wines. Its three renovated barns serve as a tasting room (for wine and coffee), a stunning wedding and event space, and cozy overnight lodging. 

You’ll see butterflies throughout Serendipity—on its wine labels, in its decor, and in its skies. “Since purchasing the land in 2019,” Roberts says, “I noticed there were so many different butterflies—and especially the Monarch—fluttering around. Butterflies represent, for me, a transition in my life.”

Roberts is a firm believer that people are put in her path for a reason, and she wants to be influential in others’ paths today. She hopes her journey can inspire other women to take that leap of faith.

Owner: Amy Roberts
In Business Since: 2019
serendipityfarmandvine.com • 913-488-0811 • 4674 W. 183rd St. Stilwell, KS. 66085

Century Roofing

Kansas City’s Go-To Source for Roofing
Sharon Cornolo has been in the roofing industry for decades. In the ’70s and ’80s, she worked for her family’s local roofing company, and today, she’s the CEO and owner of her own: Century Roofing, an award-winning roofer in the Kansas City metro.

True to its owners roots, Century Roofing stresses the importance of family and community to its team. Cornolo leads with an emphasis on mutual respect—between owner and employee and between company and community. A member of National Women in Roofing, she brings a unique perspective to a male-dominated industry, and this gives Century Roofing a competitive edge on top of its three distinguishing tenets.

The first is affordability. Century Roofing is a roofing company through and through, and this singular focus allows it to secure affordable bulk rates on high-quality materials. Its customers reap the benefits with reliably low prices on its services: roof construction, replacement, and repair.

The second is speed. Cornolo’s company avoids supply-chain slowdowns by stocking its materials on site. It has its own yard, its own trucks, and even fabricates its own sheet metal. What does this all mean? Customers don’t get stuck waiting as materials sit in someone else’s hands. 

Finally, technology. Century Roofing is committed to innovation. Drone- and AI-assisted inspections, for example, allow Century’s certified inspectors to more accurately assess a roof’s condition and detect its anomalies. The approach keeps their workers safe and ensures a thorough, lasting job.

Away from work, Cornolo is a traveler, a pickleball player, and a theatergoer. She frequents the Starlight Theater, Kansas City Music Hall, and Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Owner: Sharon Cornolo
In Business Since: 1990
centuryroofingkc.com • 913-422-0099 • 6 S. 59th St, Kansas City, KS 66102

West Village Realty

Here for You Through Every Move
West Village Realty is owned by founding broker Wendy Foil and her daughters, agents Sarah Harnett and Hannah Shireman. It’s a full-service boutique residential real estate brokerage in Prairie Village.

With a top-producing, all-woman team of full-time Kansas and Missouri agents, West Village Realty’s approach represents the best of what the industry has to offer. They do things differently—in a good way. They strive to create a cared-for experience to wholeheartedly serve the best interests of Kansas City metro home buyers and sellers.

What sets West Village Realty apart is the level of care, collaboration, and service for their clients, exceeding expectations in every transaction. When doing business with West Village, you can trust you’re more than your journey—whether you’re buying, selling, or even investing. You’ll be treated like family, feeling the support and encouragement you need to achieve your real estate dreams.

Keeping true to their core values gives the West Village team strength and purpose. They’re genuine and transparent. They have pure intentions. And they invite closer connections with our clients and team as a result.

The company’s name is a nod to the owners’ long-standing family ties to the industry (West is Foil’s maiden name) and devotion to creating a welcoming, supportive community. It serves as an everyday reminder to carry out their purpose and service with loyalty and generosity. 

They’re in the top one percent of realtors in Kansas City. They have more than six decades of combined experience. They’re trusted advisors, creative partners, and unwavering cheerleaders. A home away from home; an extended part of your family. When you hire one of them, you truly get them all.

Owners and Agents: Wendy Foil, Sarah Harnett, and Hannah Shiremen
In Business Since: 2021
westvillagerealty.com • 913-742-2121 • 4434 w 90th Terrace Prairie Village, KS 66207

Blackbird Collection

A Consciously Curated Lifestyle
Born and raised in Independence, Blackbird Collection founder Amy Appleton Dreyer has lived a life steeped in style, adventure, and advocacy.

Her journey began during her pursuit of a business marketing degree. For a time, she studied in Australia, igniting a passion for exploration that she says has profoundly influenced her life and work. After she got her degree, she waited tables to fund backpacking trips all over the world—and this gave her an education in humanity that no university could provide. A decade of modeling followed, evolving into successful ventures in styling, art direction, and interior design.

With Blackbird Collection, her gallery-like fashion and interior shop in the Crossroads, she aims to provide sophisticated, comfortable, and timeless style.

“At Blackbird, we aim to educate, change the perception of being stylish versus being trendy,” Appleton Dreyer says. “[We] have conversations that lead to small changes in how we consume clothing as Americans. We tend to be a throwaway culture, and it’s important we change that narrative if we want to have a future.

“By investing in higher quality pieces that are timeless, we can build a wardrobe that’s multifunctional and easy as opposed to following trends that fill the Atacama desert.”

Appleton Dreyer supports climate-conscious brands, and she also champions the causes of minorities and women.

“It’s important we support brands and people who have purpose and also care about making changes in a mostly white male–dominated world,” she says.

She is also a devoted mother to five children, and she says that despite her wide-spanning career, they remain her most rewarding achievement.

Owner: Amy Appleton Dreyer
In Business Since: 2024
blackbirdcollection.com • 816-266-4239 • 122 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108 •
Wednesday – Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm

Dear Society

Contemporary Designs, Curated Vintage, and Wardrobe Essentials
Chanel Jezek is the owner of Dear Society, a women’s clothing store and gallery in the Crossroads. From the store’s inception, Jezek has focused on creating a welcoming environment that encourages confidence and thoughtfulness in the way women dress. 

Dear Society sports a collection of minimalist contemporary designs, curated vintage, and wardrobe essentials. It’s a resource for style inspiration, contemporary seasonal wardrobe staples, and special vintage pieces that will be relevant for years to come.

Over the years, Dear Society has showcased numerous talented female artists, designers, and  entrepreneurs. In 2016, Vogue included Dear Society in its Midwest shopping guide, and in 2021, it named it one of the best small businesses to support in the Midwest.

Owner: Chanel Katarina Jezek
Year Founded: 2016
dearsocietyshop.com • 816-912-9582 • 114 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108 •
Wed. – Fri.  11 am – 6 pm, Sat. 11 pm – 5 pm, Sun. 12 pm – 5 pm

Lucas Commercial Flooring Group

More Than a Flooring Company
Lucas Commercial Flooring is a full-service commercial flooring provider, woman owned and family operated with highly experienced staff and installers to provide quality and service throughout the entire flooring process.

Opened in 2008, Lucas Commercial Flooring has been working with business owners, facility managers, and commercial spaces to provide solutions for their flooring needs. Their goal is to create long-lasting partnerships by putting customer service first and finding the right flooring product to enhance productivity, comfort, and longevity.

They are not just a flooring company; They are a customer service company.

Owner: Dana Hetrick
In Business Since: 2008
lucasflooringkc.com • 816-527-0811 • 9804 E. 36th St. S., Independence, MO 64052

Wellner Architects + Engineers

Women-Owned Business into the Next Generation
Julie B. Wellner, AIA, established Wellner Architects, Inc. in 1987 and transitioned to Wellner Architects + Engineers in 2024. As the owner of the firm, and with her education in architecture and engineering, Wellner provides a strong basis for well-integrated designs. In April, Emily Marsh, AIA, joined the team. Along with her background in large scale facility design, she is also Wellner’s daughter, who plans to help advance the firm into its next 37 years.

Wellner Architects + Engineers has diverse project experience, from large-scale new construction to detailed renovation. Building types include aviation, education, healthcare, hospitality and retail, science and technology, and sports. The firm produces design solutions that are creative, practical, and which address the contextual, functional, and budgetary parameters of each project.

Owner: Julie Wellner
In Business Since: 1987
wellner.com • 816-221-0017 • 1627 Main Street, #100, Kansas City, Missouri 64108

Billie’s Grocery

Health Food Redefining Indulgence
Billie’s Grocery, nestled in the heart of Midtown, Kansas City, and at the Ranchmart in Leawood, KS, is a culinary oasis created by Robin Krause, the innovative mind behind Apothé Wellness Herbs and Billie’s Juicery. Robin’s expertise as a Nutritional Therapist Practitioner and Certified Herbalist shines through in the carefully crafted menu focused on mostly organic, nutrient-dense eats. Billie’s isn’t just about health food; it’s a vibrant hub of global flavors inspired by Robin’s travels. Enjoy post-workout smoothies, exotic Turkish eggs, an iconic NY street-style Reuben, a tender, slow-cooked carnitas burrito bursting with bold flavor, a fan favorite, sesame chicken salad and tons of gluten-free treats! Billie’s Grocery stands out with its commitment to quality ingredients, warm atmosphere, and diverse menu. Whether you’re a health enthusiast or a flavor fanatic, Billie’s Grocery offers an unforgettable culinary experience that celebrates wholesome deliciousness.

Owner: Robin Krause
In Business Since: 2020
billiesgrocery.com • 816-683-4400 • 3216 Gillham Plaza, Suite 100 Kansas City, MO

Staco Electric Construction Company

Trusted. Experienced. Innovative.
Vanessa Linscott and her husband were around electrical contracting for more than 15 years before they bought Staco Electric in 2015. The decision came easy to Linscott, because she always knew that owning her own business would be the perfect fit for their family.

In Linscott’s time at the helm, Staco Electric has completed projects for several local clients, including Kansas City International Airport, Zhou B Art Center, and Orange EV. The stunningly lit new parking garage at KCI is Staco Electric’s handiwork; so are the hundreds of solar panels on its outer walls.

At career fairs, Linscott encourages women to enter the construction industry. “Girls don’t think of doing those things,” she told the Buildcast podcast in 2019. “I never thought of doing those things—I liked to draw so I got a graphic design degree. …It doesn’t matter what degree you get, it just matters what you’re made of.”

Owner: Vanessa Linscott
In Business Since: 1971 • Owner Since: 2015
stacoelectric.com • 816-765-7112 • 11030 Hickman Mills Dr. Kansas City, MO 64134

Staffing Kansas City

Creating the Perfect Team
For over 26 years, Staffing Kansas City has been the go-to resource for Kansas City companies in search of the “perfect” team. Their recruiters’ expertise and unwavering commitment to their clients is unparalleled in the industry.

At Staffing Kansas City, they understand the challenges of recruitment and hiring. That’s why they take the burden off their clients’ shoulders by managing the entire process of sourcing, screening, and interviewing potential talent. As a certified women-owned business (WBE), they take immense pride in their role as Kansas City’s trusted employment services partner.

Owners: Shelley Seibolt and Roses Ammon
In Business Since: 1998
staffingkc.com • 913-663-5627 • 9930 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS

Pear Tree Design & Antiques

A Taste of European Charm
Located in the historic Crestwood Shops, Pear Tree Design & Antiques has been a destination for French and English antiques for many years. Owner Cindy Barnhill has a passion and an eye for antiquities for the home and garden along with a lovely selection of gift lines, many from abroad as well. 

The shop is brimming with treasures that Barnhill discovers on her frequent buying trips to Europe and England where she unearths pieces that find their way to Kansas City’s homes and gardens. Along with her team, she provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere in the shop with excellent customer service, a strong on-line presence, and shipping that’s never an issue.

Whether you are drawn to traditional or contemporary design, Pear Tree has that touch of European charm that will be the pièce de résistance in your home and garden.

Owner: Cindy Barnhill
In Business Since: 2002
peartreedesignantiques.com • 816-333-2100 • 303 E. 55th Street, Kansas City, MO • Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm

KC Needlepoint

For All Your Stitching Needs
Carol Crowe and Polly Kramer are both lifelong stitchers. Nine years ago, they met serendipitously and shortly after, they founded KC Needlepoint: a full- service needlepoint shop, based right here in Kansas City. Whether you are a seasoned stitcher or are looking to start your first project, they have what you need. You’ll find a huge array of hand painted canvases, accessories, and fibers. Their friendly and resourceful staff are ready to help you select threads, coordinate finishing, and lend a helping hand. Pop by for a class or join them on Fridays for Open Stitch. You can even drop off furniture for upholstering at the newly acquired KC Décor Upholstery (located at 7110 McGee Street). KC Needlepoint is so much more than a needlepoint shop. Visit us at our retail shop or peruse our website for all your stitching needs. 

Owners: Carol Crowe and Polly Kramer
In Business Since: 2015
kcneedlepoint.com • 816-599-7331 • 8050 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64114

Enterprising Women Award Honorees, Event Cohosts, and Special Guests: (Front row, left to right) R. Biondo, Mark One Electric, C. Shelton, Nifty Promotions, K Buchanan, KBID, B. Wilson, WDS Marketing & PR. (Back row, left to right) J. Maze, Maze Freight Solutions, S. Weyrauch, Smart Cookies Bakery, Dr. S. Harrison, EMCEE, C. Keller, KCSourceLink, M. Derra, DiverseID, E. McFadden, Novella Brandhouse.

WDS Marketing & Public Relations

The Exposure You Want. The Partner You Need.
An agency with a truly unique niche, WDS strategically utilizes business award programs and media coverage to help clients get known in the most positive, dynamic, and enjoyable ways.  

Becky Wilson, WDS Chief Visibility Officer, develops targeted client campaigns that elevate and enhance entrepreneurial credibility, industry achievements, enterprise growth, and business success.

One example of WDS agency ingenuity includes the national Enterprising Women Award program. Managed by Enterprising Women Magazine, their program includes a formal award presentation at a conference in Florida. WDS developed a celebration event specifically for Kansas City Enterprising Women honorees. The festivities are held annually at the Mark One event space. 

WDS assists clients in selecting, entering and then optimizing the positive attributes of accolades, honors, and awards. Award-winning agency clients include entrepreneurs, women and minority-led firms, and local and national business organizations.  

Owner: Becky S. Wilson
In Business Since: 1987
wdspr.com • 913-362-4541

International Materials of Design

Design, Creativity, and Absolute Quality
International Materials of Design provides unique tile and stone choices for discerning builders, designers and homeowners. Its foundation rests on consistent quality- quality product, quality design, quality service.

Co-owners Amy Sanders and Cindy Cleveland consistently maintain the unparalleled quality and service standards laid by the founders more than 30 years ago.

Those who seek international flavor, simple elegance, dramatic flare, period motif, and more, make International Materials of Design their first choice. 

Clients are welcome to visit our showroom to handle and experience these treasures brought in from all over the world.  

Owners: Amy Sanders and Cindy Cleveland
In Business Since: 1976
imdtile.com • 913-383-3383 • 4691 Indian Creek Parkway, Overland Park, KS

Do Good Co.

On a Mission to Create a Social Impact
Do Good Co. is Kansas City’s only woman-created 501(c)3 luxury resale store dedicated to making a positive impact in the community. Specializing in luxury vintage clothing and accessories, Do Good Co. channels its proceeds to support two notable Kansas City organizations: KidsTLC and Wayside Waifs. KidsTLC offers essential mental health and wellness programs for children and families in need, while Wayside Waifs is a comprehensive animal welfare organization that provides shelter, adoption, and education services, By shopping at Do Good Co., customers not only enjoy high-quality, sustainable fashion but also contribute to the well-being of both children and animals in the local Kansas City community. Through its mission-driven approach, Do Good Co. exemplifies the power of socially responsible and sustainable retail.

Founder: Janet Curran
Year Founded: 2017
dogoodkc.org • 816-216-1526 • 413 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108

Cruise Planners

Your Personal Journey Maker
Lynna Goldsby, owner of Cruise Planners, likes to look at vacations as life experiences. No matter if you are on a pink sandy beach in the Caribbean with family or exploring one of the many great wonders of the world. It’s all about the experience. 

Since its inception in 2011, Cruise Planners has redefined luxury travel planning. They specialize in ocean and river cruises, as well as meticulously curated land vacations spanning Europe and beyond. They cater to the discerning traveler seeking personalized, unforgettable journeys.

Whether you dream of exploring the historic treasures of Europe, unwinding on a pristine beach, or embarking on a cultural adventure, Cruise Planners crafts each itinerary with meticulous attention to detail. Trust Lynna Goldsby to transform your travel aspirations into reality, where every moment becomes a cherished memory.

Owner: Lynna Goldsby
In Business Since: 2011
TravelWithLynna.com • 913-999-8433 • Facebook: TravelWithLynna

Cheeky Bird

Not for Everyone . . . Definitely for You
Cheeky Bird  is a clever mix of classic style, small designers, and makers of all kinds—currently all women—but it’s more than just a boutique.

Stephanie Herbig has a passion and natural ability for creating amazing spaces. Whether you find the perfect piece for you, a gift, or just come to peruse the new finds and get a lift, everything in Cheeky Bird is carefully curated. Herbig strives to create an experience that is personal yet inclusive, sophisticated, maybe edgy but always fun—and most importantly, one you can enjoy. 

The slogan, “Not for everyone …definitely for you,” speaks to one’s desire to be unique while also trying to fit in. Cheeky Bird wants you to know how cool you already are. 

Owner: Stephanie Herbig
In Business Since: 2021
cheekybirdkc.com • 816-500-8918 • 301 Main Street Parkville Mo 64152

Photo by Jenny Wheat

KC Media LLC

Connecting Kansas City
It’s only fitting that, as a majority women-owned and women-run business, we toast to ourselves for just a moment. KC Media launched IN Kansas City, a lifestyle content brand, six years ago to set a new standard in KC’s media space. More than 100,000 print and online consumers rely on IN Kansas City magazine and inkansascity.com for content to make the most out of living in Kansas City. We connect our local advertising partners to our readers through our monthly magazine, digital, social media, events, and special publications. 

We’re thrilled to share these pages with other women-owned businesses that add so much to Kansas City’s thriving business environment.

Owners: Alice Govert Bryan and Zim Loy
In Business Since: 2018
inkansascity.com • 816-768-8300 • 118 Southwest Blvd., Second Floor, Kansas City, MO 64108



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