Founded in Kansas City, Missouri in 2005, Weave Gotcha Covered specializes in fabricating and installing custom window treatments, fabric furnishings and upholstery, but with a special difference. This woman owned business is a social enterprise which uses the power of business to address community problems by employing women marginalized by generational poverty, addiction, incarceration and other life circumstances. The company gives them a place to work and reclaim their lives through economic sustainability. The company has been so successful it was recently named as a Top Ten Small Business by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.
“When we first opened over a decade ago, we were constantly in firefighting mode because frankly, we knew absolutely nothing about manufacturing,” says Kelly Wilson, owner. “When I don’t know how to do something, I look for top quality resources to help, and I found a great one in Missouri Enterprise.”
Missouri Enterprise Project Managers came in and quickly assessed and understood the operational needs of the company, and set to work helping Weave Gotcha Covered put essential processes into place. Their initial changes immediately minimized simple and costly mistakes, establishing a structure from which the company could grow efficiently and make ongoing adjustments along the way to continuously improve production. Modifications included improvements to the plant layout and documented workflow systems. Over time, Missouri Enterprise Project Managers have served as continuous improvement coaches and mentors, and Wilson calls them in whenever she needs help.
Things have gone so well, she’s now looking at purchasing a bigger and better building, where she can expand her current business, and get moving on opening a vocational training center to teach professional sewing skills to help women find work, or for their personal enjoyment.
Wilson reports that working with Missouri Enterprise has helped her enhance efficiency and increase sales, and she continues to add to her crew of over a dozen employees. “I can’t say enough good about Missouri Enterprise,” concludes, Wilson. “They are an incredible resource that’s here exclusively to help Missouri manufacturers succeed, and I’ll tell you what…when you work with Missouri Enterprise, they’ve got your back.”