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Profound Fitness

Diana Rael is the owner of Profound Fitness, a small, personalized gym and training program for all fitness needs. That sounds like the description of many typical fitness establishments. However, Rael’s program is anything but typical. She serves people with special needs, those dealing with the challenges of aging, and those who are uncomfortable in a gym setting—as well as everyone else.

Rael’s background includes early childhood education, science education, martial arts, and personal training. Today, she offers a restorative training program for anyone with a physical, mental, or emotional deficit affecting their physical functioning. She offers a special needs program for clients created to increase cognitive ability, balance, strength, self awareness, and self confidence. As well, she leads a martial arts youth program focusing on self-defense, self-confidence, peer interactions, bully prevention, and how to control situations in a safe manner. Finally, Profound Fitness offers Muay Thai mixed martial arts for self-defense, strength, and conditioning.

Currently, Rael serves clients with autism, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, ambulatory problems, and normal aging. One 82-year-old client has limitations with range of motion issues and joint problems. She had hoped to slow the deterioration, but has actually turned around the affects of the disability, and increased her ability to complete daily tasks. One client in a wheelchair has gained shoulder strength and balance skills. For each client, from those with serious physical and mental issues, to those who have the serious issue of fitness aversion, Profound Fitness is prepared to help.

In the past, Rael competed in professional fighting—boxing, kick boxing, jujitsu, and wrestling. One aspect of these activities is injuries. As she learned how to best promote her own healing, she became passionate about teaching others to heal their own physical and emotional needs. Rael defines her goal as to promote whole fitness, whole family, a whole community. Her gym or dojo is a place for her clients to call home.

The challenges of guiding her clients through the maze of self-improvement presented few problems for Rael, unlike the task of marketing her business. To find her way through that problem, Rael consulted the Small Business Development Center. She was given directions in all aspects of business organization. She refers to the SBDC as “a great resource.” She explained, “If you are willing to take the risk and do the work, the SBDC will be guiding you along the way.” She considers her partnership with the Small Business Development Center as her best investment.

In less than one year, Diana Rael has established a successful fitness program reaching out to clients who are overlooked by other fitness businesses. She has established her own clientele, leased and outfitted her own space, and designed a business plan for her business’s continued growth. One of her goals for her future is to qualify to become a state provider for the special needs population.

Miss Penny’s Playskool

After a career as a preschool teacher in a childcare center, Penny Steinhour made the leap to become a licensed home childcare provider about 6 years ago to spend more time with her grandchildren. During this time, Penny said of herself, “I never really looked at it as a business. I looked at it as I was just grandma and I stayed home to take care of children to give them a good foundation for

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KidSpace

To say that Roger and Meghan Stockman have somewhat of a diverse background and childhood would be an understatement. Megan is a Kansas native raised in rural northern Kansas, served in the military and retired with the rank of Major. Roger, whose Father was with the State Department, was born in Singapore…lived in Africa, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and Ireland…finally landing in Kansas City. Roger’s initial career was in Law Enforcement, serving with agencies in Lawrence,

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Zoe’s Coffee

In May of 2008, Vaughn and Judy Pepper started a small coffee kiosk business. For many years, they dreamed of turning this kiosk into a full coffee shop. In 2012, they were able to turn this dream into a reality and they expanded into a full coffee shop—Zoe’s Coffee. They explained that location played an extremely important role in the new venture. “Judy and I established the shop based on demographics of the area.” The

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Key Results

Key Results is a small company with a long reach. For almost twenty years, Owner, Marge Fajardo, has worked with individual leaders globally and a variety of business groups from small local companies to large governmental agencies in Washington D.C. The ultimate goal of Key Results is to improve the interpersonal health of an organization and build on their people-power to produce better results. Prior to starting Key Results, Fajardo worked in business, government, and

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Black Hound Design Company

Black Hound…a name one would at first think was associated to a dog training business or a hunting operation; however, the reality is that it belongs to a custom furniture design and manufacturing business…Black Hound Custom Furniture and Design. In 2013, the owners, James and Kate Hixson, had an idea…a vision that would expand and enhance James’s college education in sculpturing. What started as a wood sculpture for a friend, evolved into a prosperous and

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Deltech, Inc.

Deltech Inc. designs and builds furnaces for the production of scientific products, from laboratory implements to semi-conductor components. Deltech is a small, family-run company with a large impact. It began in 1968 as an engineering services company for the mining industry. The co-founders, Calvin L. Stevenson and Donald J. Drinkwater, were mining engineers. Deltech built its first furnace for Coors Tek, then known as Coors Porcelain. Their second customer was Los Alamos National Laboratories. Mary

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