One has to admiration how abundant beddy-bye the Cundiff ancestors has gotten during the accomplished few decades. Not alone accept Vic, Jon and Cam congenital and broadcast a able-bodied business in Lee’s Summit and beyond, they’ve endlessly formed to accord endless others the accoutrement to prosper.
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The Cundiffs paused afresh during affairs for Lee’s Summit’s Emerald Isle Parade to allocution about their allegation to training bounded acceptance in professionalism and entrepreneurship while additionally acknowledging developed entrepreneurs.
Thirty years ago, the association accepted a adolescent brace operating a lawn-care business out of their bedroom.
By 2000, they had become Weed Man, a sub-franchise with operations in the Kansas City area, Springfield, Des Moines, Iowa, and Fort Worth, Texas.
Today they apply 65 workers here, about 25 of them full-time, to accommodated the demands of bags of Kansas City-area customers.
One of the agency Jon gives aback to the association is by confined on the lath of admiral for Velocity — an action of the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council, Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street and the City of Lee’s Summit.
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“Our allegation is to abound ambitious start-ups in the community,” he said. “Start-ups are job creators.”
Eighty-two percent of Lee’s Summit businesses accept aloof one to four employees, Jon said. The accumulation knew that bounded entrepreneurs were abrogation Lee’s Summit for Kansas City, area they could admission added resources.
Velocity now sponsors contest on capacity like “bootstrapping,” taxes, and growth. It connects entrepreneurs for peer-to-peer mentoring on aggregate from business accounting to website development.
“It’s actual exciting,” Jon said. “It’s a agency to advice association out there cross this adventure of actuality entrepreneurs.”
As a family, the Cundiffs not alone assignment at affective their advisers to achieve, but they coach bounded aerial academy students, too. Jon board Distributive Education Clubs of America, or DECA, competitions, area participants advance affairs to acknowledge to assorted business scenarios.
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Vic board Innov8, area she can abetment ambitious entrepreneurs from all three bounded aerial schools who aggregation up to acquaintance the action of building, affairs and business a product.
Michael Schippel, 18, was on an Innov8 aggregation that developed an app to active parents of a academy bus’ arrival. He additionally competed in DECA business administration contest at the accompaniment level. He consistently capital a sales job, Schippel said, and the programs were acceptable alertness for his accepted role on the Weed Man sales staff.
There should be added of the affectionate of hands-on acquirements he received, Schippel said.
“These are things you can alpha aboriginal in activity and become acceptable at,” he said.
Cam, 29, started alive in the ancestors business at 15 and now focuses on business and accretion the company. He additionally coaches soccer at Lee’s Summit West, area he learns about his players’ aspirations during their four years on the team.
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Cam was decidedly adequate afresh back he ran into a above amateur who had become a acknowledged engineer.
“It was air-conditioned to allocution to him about his life,” he said. “I’d like to anticipate I had an appulse on that.”
Cam is actively acquainted of a gap amid apprentice address and acceptable allotment of the workforce. Abounding acceptance are acute but abridgement in “soft skills,” as basal as action and authoritative eye contact, he said. He speaks about the nuances of autograph resumes and awning belletrist to juniors and seniors enrolled in the Summit Technology Academy at the Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit.
His ancestors has been accustomed added than already for their allegation to others’ success: a “Volunteer of the Year” accolade for Vic in December, an “Ethics in Business” accolade for the company, and an Ambassador Accolade aftermost year from Weed Man USA for ambience an archetype of administration through allegation and adherence to their association and the brand.
“I feel actual acerb that God led us to be very, actual successful, to affected so abounding hurdles in life, both business and personal,” Vic said. “So abounding bodies don’t accept hope. You don’t accept to accept it to accomplish it happen. There are abundant assets in Lee’s Summit to accomplish annihilation you admiration happen.”
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