ScaleUP! Kansas City Accepts Rising Construction Into 11th Cohort

Here at Rising Construction Services, we are absolutely thrilled to share some exciting news with you all! Recently, the ScaleUP! Kansas City program, which is now in its sixth year, has announced its 11th cohort of 20 different local companies who will get the coaching, perspective and connections to scale, create new jobs, open new locations, develop resiliency for the future and strengthen the regional economy!

This cohort, as with the businesses in the previous 10 ScaleUP! cohorts, is made up of new, up and coming businesses run by entrepreneurs leading many different small businesses across the Kansas City area. The businesses chosen for this cohort represent a selection of many diverse industries, including marketing, fitness, construction, security, tech, sanitation, insurance, education and more.

Participation in this 11th cohort for ScaleUP! KC is offered at no cost to these many small businesses, due to ongoing support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the U.S. Small Business Administration. We simply couldn’t be more excited as a team here at Rising Construction to have been given the opportunity to participate this year!

What IS this cohort?

“Year after year, ScaleUP! Kansas City transforms the top-tier business owners who complete the program: It refocuses their perspective from working in their business to working on their business,” says Jill Hathaway, program director of ScaleUP! KC. “This intensive program has had a profound impact on the small businesses it serves during the 16 weeks and long after the course ends. The tools, coaching and connections help them navigate unexpected twists and turns with confidence and a clear plan.”

Nearly 175 different business owners in the Kansas City area have participated in this selective program, and we are beyond ecstatic to be one of those businesses this year! This program at ScaleUP! KC is aimed to help small businesses like ours to create the processes, strategies and long-term plans to grow and scale our businesses! It’s surely a program that will help us transform and grow as a business in this new year.

What about other participating businesses?

We’re so glad you asked. Apart from our team here at Rising Construction, there are many other Kansas City area businesses who will be participating alongside us in this 11th ScaleUP! cohort!

The 11th ScaleUP! Kansas City cohort includes:

Tony Blogumas – Green Resources Consulting, Cleveland, Missouri

Brian Butner – NPB Companies Inc., Kansas City, Kansas

David Chavez – INGEÑUITY, Olathe, Kansas

Jocelyn Cohenour – Studio7 Pilates + Barre, Prairie Village, Kansas

Isaac Collins – Yogurtini, Kansas City, Missouri

Samantha Comer – Niftiest Construction Provider LLC, Kansas City, Kansas

Nicole Feltz – Nicole L. Feltz Agency, American Family Insurance, Overland Park, Kansas

Blair Hauser – Marquette Physical Therapy, Leawood, Kansas

Renee Jones – Patrick’s Heating and Cooling Supply, Kansas City, Missouri

Maria Kunstadter – The TeleDentists, Kansas City, Missouri

Toni Laban – Pacific Sanitation Services, Kansas City, Missouri

Audrey Mathis – Lumen Touch, Kansas City, Missouri

Corey Phillips – Trilogy Sports & Fitness, Kansas City, Missouri

Andrew Powell – State Line Door & Lift, Grain Valley, Missouri

Kristen Rising – Rising Construction Services Inc., Grain Valley, Missouri

Randy Robbins – J&C Auto Glass, Raytown, Missouri

Von Walker – Clean It All, Independence, Missouri

Caleb Walston – Walston Door Company LLC, North Kansas City, Missouri

Sanford Willis – Willis Willis and Sons LLC, Kansas City, Missouri

AbdulRasak Yahaya – Open Minds Child Development Center, Olathe, Kansas

We can’t wait to grow with and learn from these amazing businesses as we navigate through this program together! Here’s to stepping it up and taking our business to that next level this year!

To read more about this cohort, check out the KC Source Link article here!

Want to learn more?

ScaleUP! Kansas City assists and provides “direct support for growth-oriented entrepreneurs and firms–to include underserved and underrepresented communities/populations–and strengthens the entrepreneurial ecosystem by filling a gap for second-stage businesses. The program helps qualified businesses with revenues above $200,000 reach their expansion goals by leveraging and expanding existing proven programs, synergies and connections in the Kansas City region.” ScaleUp! KC is also administered by the UMKC Innovation Center, right here in Kansas City!

To find more information on applications and the current cohort at