United in Waldo: Female Entrepreneurs Embrace Collaboration over Competition

Waldo becomes a focal point for women-owned businesses

In the bustling neighborhood of Waldo in south Kansas City, there is a growing community of women-owned businesses. The female entrepreneurs who have established their businesses along Wornall and surrounding streets have a sense of celebration and collaboration rather than competition. They feel like they are part of an exclusive club, supporting each other in their entrepreneurial endeavors.

Ampersand Studio co-owner Morgan Georgie has expressed her welcoming experience in Waldo, 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, with collaboration being a key factor in their success. A recent partnership between Ampersand Studio and a candle shop in Brookside was mutually beneficial for both businesses.

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

For aspiring entrepreneurs looking to make a mark on the world of business, Georgie, Kiefer, Dezort, and Bare shared some valuable advice. They recommend 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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