Advertising Supplement to The Kansas City Star Top 10 Small Businesses: Growing to be No. 1 W e started out with entrepreneurs vying to be The ble beginnings, the inner work- 1989: Kansas City Valve 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May more than 1,000 Chamber’s 2009 Small Business ings of their companies, and the & Fitting Co. 20, at the Hyatt Regency Crown nominations and of the Year and Mr. K Award strategic steps they’re taking to 1988: Cerner Corp. Center when our co-chairs, 134 candidates, recipient (an award named after build on their huge successes. 1987: NKH&W Aaron and Connie Zack of Sun- and now the list is famed philanthropist and entre- Past winners of The Chamber’s (now Nicholson Kovac) light Saunas™, announce the down to 10. preneur Ewing Kauffman). Small Business of the Year and 1987: Blankenship 2009 Small Business of the Year This year marks The Cham- On the following pages, Mr. K Award include: Distributors Inc. and Mr. K Award recipient at ber’s 23rd annual Small Busi- you’ll learn about the hardwork- the Small Business Celebration ness Celebration, and we’re ing companies within the small 2008: Sunlight Saunas™ Small business is a big deal at Awards Luncheon. This year’s pleased to present the Top 10 business industry — their hum- 2007: ViraCor Laboratories The Chamber. Representing over theme is “Growing the Future 2006: Hoefer Wysocki 90 percent of Chamber mem- of Greater Kansas City.” The Architects bership, small businesses deﬁ- anticipation to announce the 2005: S&M NuTec nitely help keep Greater Kansas winner is growing as well. Be a 2004: LaserCycle Inc. City growing. Cheer on your part of one of the most exciting 2003: DATACORE Marketing favorite with our Small Business events of the year and witness Inc. Celebration overall event spon- the big announcement for one 2002: Strickland Construction sor, the Kauffman Foundation, of our Top 10 Small Businesses! 2001: CommuniTech.Net and overall media sponsor, The This event is sponsored by As- 2000: SKC Communication Kansas City Star. surant Employee Beneﬁts and Products Inc. Get the inside story on the our media sponsor, News Radio 1999: Missouri Bank successful Top 10 Small Busi- 980 KMBZ. 1998: Marketing Associates ness CEOs at the Top 10 Break- For additional information International fast at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, about The Chamber’s Small 1997: Gould Evans Afﬁliates May 7, at the Kansas City Business Celebration or for tick- 1996: Worth Harley-Davidson Downtown Marriott. Find out ets, visit www.kcchamber.com 1995: Robert O’Byrne & how the intricate planning and and use the keyword sbceleb09. Associates Inc. lessons learned helped mold 1994: Phelps Tool & Die Co. these CEOs and their companies Inc. into the powerhouses they are 1993: Bagel & Bagel Inc. today. This event is sponsored by 1992: OTR Express Inc. US Bank and our media spon- 1991: Big Bob’s Used Carpet sor, News Radio 980 KMBZ. Shops of America Inc. We’ll culminate three months 1990: PB&J Corp. of honoring small business at THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS PRESENTING SPONSOR MEDIA SPONSORS EVENT SPONSORS Advertising Supplement to The Kansas City Star Information has been supplied by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; photos by Bruce Mathews ● A.L. Huber general contractor ● Athletic & Rehabilitation Center ● Canterbury Schools ● ColorMark, Inc. ● EMR, Inc. ● HiSonic, Inc. ● Kansas City Internal Medicine ● Martin, Leigh, Laws & Fritzlen, P.C. ● Sound Products, Inc. ● Worldwide Clinical Research, Inc. Approximately 75 percent of excel by cultivating a culture features sessions on developing projects are repeat business from that embodies and celebrates best practices and sessions led satisﬁed customers. success. Employees have access by clients to help the staff better The company was named the to the best technology avail- understand their speciﬁc needs. 2008 General Contractor of the able to hone their skills, tuition The company also has an Year by the American Subcon- reimbursement and leadership integrated wellness program for tractor’s Association of Greater training programs, all backed employees and their families Kansas City and was recognized by a mission that encourages that includes monthly challenges by Ingram’s magazine in its 2007 employees to be a catalyst for centered around exercise and corporate report for the Kansas change by redeﬁning excellence healthy diets, free weekly Pilates City area’s “100 Fastest-Growing in the health care industry. classes, free workouts at any Companies.” The company’s Employees are committed to Athletic & Rehabilitation Cen- primary goal on every project is providing the best in client care. ter facility, and free ergonomic to construct each building with To help staff maintain that client workstation assessments from respect, integrity and excellence. focus and cross-train one anoth- occupational and physical thera- A.L. Huber general contractor er, Athletic & Rehabilitation Cen- pists. ter has instituted a formalized ARC = Redeﬁning Strength. Joe Huber, vice president; Augie Huber, CEO; ATHLETIC & training program. This program Phil Thomas, president; and Randy Huber, vice president REHABILITATION professional career through CENTER A.L. HUBER leadership training and 100 per- Averaging 50 percent annual GENERAL cent tuition reimbursement. The company is continually recog- growth each year for the past three years doesn’t come easily CONTRACTOR nizing employees for their many accomplishments and volunteer in this economy. It takes hard work, dedication and innova- A.L. Huber is a leader in com- hours. tion. Athletic & Rehabilitation mercial construction. The com- Employees are encouraged to Center has all of that and more. pany provides general contract- participate in community service A company that started with ing, construction management, projects, and the company was just four employees in 2003 pre-construction and design/ honored with the Associated has developed into a successful build services. It has earned General Contractors of Amer- company with 60 professionals, a great reputation for provid- ica 2008 Community Service seven state-of-the art rehabilita- ing superior-quality services to Award. Currently A.L. Huber tion centers and thousands of clients in the Kansas City area is leading a team renovating a clients — remarkable results since 1903. teen center for Community LINC from remarkable people. Athletic & Rehabilitation Center This family-owned business through Project Change. At Athletic & Rehabilitation treats its employees like fam- A.L. Huber’s dedicated con- Matthew Condon, president/CEO; Center, culture is king. The ily, too. All employees have the struction professionals settle company helps all employees and Kevin O’Rourke, CFO opportunity to advance their for nothing less than the best. Advertising Supplement to The Kansas City Star Sound Products customizes and Ingram’s magazine listed encourages an 87 percent re- innovative audio, video and se- Worldwide Clinical Research as peat business rate. Over the curity solutions to meet speciﬁc No. 3 in its “Corporate Report past three years, the company customer needs. An impressive 100” and named it among Kan- has been able to increase the 95 percent of Sound Products’ sas City’s “Best Companies to number of employees and an- clients rate its service as good or Work For.” nual revenue growth despite the excellent. The company prides The organization also commits economy. itself on its long-term collabora- itself to the community through Worldwide Clinical Research tive business partnerships with volunteer efforts. Community has instituted several beneﬁts for customers. service projects include work its staff. Employees participate Pay close attention to the within the Humane Society, Girl in the 2009 Year of Wellness that quality of sound in the next ofﬁce building, gymnasium, Sound Products, Inc. restaurant or retail store. You could be experiencing the “vibe” Mark Rau, general manager, and Robbin Reynolds, of Sound Products. president WORLDWIDE SOUND and security and surveillance systems in both the corporate CLINICAL PRODUCTS, INC. and public sectors. The largest independent DMX RESEARCH, INC. Silence is not golden and suc- background music dealer in the Worldwide Clinical Research, cess has a soundtrack when it country, Sound Products serves Inc. provides clinical research comes to Sound Products, Inc. more than 2,500 customers services to biotechnology and It’s the place to go when you across the United States. One pharmaceutical clients through- want to add the “wow” factor to word best describes this vibrant out the country and around the Worldwide Clinical Research, Inc. your business environment. company: “vibe.” Sound Prod- world. ucts strives to create a vibe in Founded in 2000, this Barbara Geiger, president and CEO Established in 1990, the com- pany began offering two prod- its customers’ locations that will woman-owned company has ucts — background music deliv- energize their workplace or busi- already been recognized for its Scouts of America and others. consists of monthlong commu- ered by satellite and drive-thru ness setting. Its programs pump success and staying power. In Employees in Latin America nity service activities, national headsets for fast food restau- up the volume of customers’ 2007 it won a Top 25 Under follow the lead in participat- wellness events, charitable con- rants. Now the company offers marketing programs. It believes 25 Award from Kansas City ing in local community service tributions and a variety of well- much more, including audio and that if any business is seen but Small Business Monthly. Last projects. ness topics. As part of the cam- video environments, audio and not heard, the proprietors are year Working Mother maga- Modeled from its core value paign, employees were given a video marketing programs, in- missing some “sound” opportu- zine named it among the “Best of integrity, Worldwide Clinical wellness calendar with tips on tercom communication systems, nities. Women-Owned Companies,” Research’s high-quality service how to live healthier in 2009.
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