From Startups to Scale: The Women-led Success Story of Waldo, Missouri”.

Waldo becomes a focal point for women-owned businesses

In the bustling neighborhood of Waldo in south Kansas City, there is a thriving community of women-owned businesses. The female entrepreneurs who own these businesses have come together to celebrate their shared success and collaborate rather than compete. They feel like they are part of an exclusive club, supporting each other in their endeavors.

Ampersand Studio co-owner Morgan Georgie has expressed how welcoming the space in Waldo has been, attributing it to the many female business owners pursuing their dreams. The close proximity of businesses in the area mirrors the relationships between the owners. Collaboration between businesses, such as a recent partnership between Ampersand Studio and a candle shop in Brookside, has proven to be beneficial for all involved.

SOAP Refill Station owner Ann Dezort has emphasized the strength and unity among female business owners in Waldo, emphasizing that gender does not determine one’s ability to succeed. Similarly, Hemma Hemma owner Ashley Bare expressed her excitement at being surrounded by other female entrepreneurs in the neighborhood.

For those starting out in the world of business, Georgie, Kiefer, Deutschort and Bare shared some advice. They recommended being open to opportunities, seeking help when needed and always putting people first in business interactions. By following these principles, aspiring entrepreneurs can navigate the world of business with confidence and support from others.

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