Energizing Small Business | Empowering Economic Equality | Igniting Social Change
We started with this question, "What does small business need? Like REALLY need?"
Even though we are entrepreneurs, we started Kinetic Capital knowing that we didn't know the answer to our most pressing question.
So we did what all good entrepreneurs do - we just started.
We did market research, we secured intellectual property, we decided on branding, we registered our business with the state, we wrote a business plan, we found an office location, and we raised some capital.
We were so ready to fix small business!
Then we realized we needed to do some more market research, slightly alter our branding, consider better ideas we thought of along the way. So we rewrote our business plan, moved out of our first office location and moved into a different one.
Here we are hundreds of lessons later. We're a little older, we have a little more experience, we might even be a little tired (not)...but the most important thing we learned on this journey is What Small Business REALLY needs.
Our team has a vast and incredibly diverse skill set. We have a deep understanding of all things small business. We understand how socioeconomics affects communities.
We are in pursuit of an economy that works for all and understands that we must work toward transnational change based on cooperation, equality, social integrity, racial justice, and ecological sustainability. We firmly believe that strong, local, small businesses will help create a world where all people can afford to live in safe, healthy, and thriving communities.
Founder & CEO
The short list of our fearless leader: Small business owner, financier, strategist, consultant, community advocate, award-winning business person, and mother. We think Kara probably wears a cape when she is not at the office. If you are running at a million miles an hour, Kara is going a million-plus-one. She operates as her future self and always sees the world as full of untapped possibilities. She is constantly observing, researching, thinking, and planning. Kara will build it…better, faster, stronger than before. Inside-of-box? No thanks. Follow every rule? Not today. Limits? Can’t compute. We’re keep a close eye on this one…she is going places.
Recently overheard saying: “Wait! I’ve got another big idea!”
And just in case you need the remarkable list of achievements so far:
Named Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration
Recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America
Inducted into the SmartCEO Circle of Excellence
Honored by receiving The Greater Baltimore Committee's Bridging the Gap President's Award
Named Women's Business Enterprise of the Year by MWMCA
Holds the 4th Vice Chair National Officer position for The National Small Business Party
Owner and CEO of the Kinetic Capital family of Businesses; Kinetic Capital LLC, Kinetic Capital Products, Kinetic Capital Community Foundation and HMC Incorporated
Chief Financial Officer
We secretly believe Josh was head cheerleader in college. You can’t come up with a single thing that Josh won’t find fabulous. That’s just how he rolls. Taxed with full workload (he’s the money guy – taxed – get it?) managing the finances for Kara’s four companies, he also runs his own company in his spare time. Yet, we have never once heard Josh complain. He is the antithesis of a “nerdy numbers guy”. He is always the bright spot in the room. Sure, he appreciates a good spreadsheet and a balanced checkbook, has already written the process for what you think you may want to do, and ensures we are always in the desired financial position; but more importantly, you just can’t not like Josh. Need a boost? Josh will lift you up, cheer you on, and keep you smiling. We deeply appreciate the person who can always find the sun in the rain. New idea? Josh supports it. New outfit? Josh loves it. New plan? Josh sees how it can work. Go find yourself a Josh and hang on.
Recently overheard saying: “That is so fabulous! I love it!”
Director of Business Development
It’s kind of redundant to introduce you to John, because seemingly everyone already knows John, is a friend of John’s, has done business with John, has heard John speak or belongs to a panel or board with John. This man has a network. If you think of the person highest ranking in your social or business circle, trust us – John probably knows them. John has built a stellar reputation as the person who gets things done. He is the task master, the people connector, the program engine, the plan administrator. You have the machine? John’s got all the parts, so just step aside. He is the ultimate go-to guy. Not impressed? Well…John’s success comes after serving over 30 years in prison (ten on death row) for a false conviction. Not. Even. Kidding. John’s personal response to being wrongfully convicted? He gives back to the incarcerated and re-entering population, with dedicated efforts in reform, social justice, work force re-entry and supporting marginalized communities in and around Baltimore. Just. Wow.
Recently overheard saying: “I know him/her...we were just at an event together!”
When you put together this level of successful, smart, accomplished people in one office, someone has to keep the ship afloat. That’s Melissa. After nearly thirty years in corporate marketing, Melissa realized her biggest strength was making other people shine. So we grabbed her. And we are shining. She’s the peanut butter to our jelly, the yin to our yang, the peas to our carrots. The glue, if you will. We try to come up with something Melissa is unwilling to do, but we haven’t found it yet. If she can’t do it, she will learn it; and if we don’t have it, she will get it. In fact, she probably ordered it before you realized you needed it and has a spreadsheet auto-populated to prove it. We manage the business, and she manages us. Plus, she has candy.
Recently overheard saying: “The answer is Yes. What was your question?”