Author Archives: Jessica Shumaker

‘A trade that nobody can take away’: The Grooming Project equips parents with skills, helps break down job barriers

The Grooming Project

L ike many entrepreneurs, Natasha Kirsch started her business in response to a problem. Kirsch is the founder and executive director of the Kansas City-based nonprofit group Empowering the Parent to Empower the Child, also known as EPEC. The organization operates The Grooming Project, a pilot program with a mission of helping parents break the cycle of poverty for their ...

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‘You have to go with it’

Lia Glynias , center, is shown with her employees at LAUNCH , Carla Behin, left, and Maya Harlan, right. Photo Courtesy LAUNCH Clothing & Access ories

Part of a series about Missouri entrepreneurs, their products and their retrospective advice for others who dream of launching their own startups. Fashion is in Lia Glynias’ blood. The St. Louis native is the great-granddaughter of Greek immigrants who settled in the city and opened a dry-cleaning business. Their daughter — Glynias’ grandmother and namesake, Olympia — became a seamstress, ...

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