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Thinking Bigger unveils new look

They say the only constant in life is change.

This publication has undergone many changes throughout the years. It started in 1991 as Kansas City Small Business Monthly, a newspaper. The format evolved to a glossy magazine — plus a website and events — and the name changed in 2008 to Thinking Bigger Business Media.

As you see, we’re undergoing another change. We’re still Thinking Bigger, but we have a fresh, new look. (more…)

Kauffman’s national address spotlights entrepreneurial communities

Entrepreneurial communities may have found their most enthusiastic advocates right here in the Midwest.

On Wednesday, the Marion Ewing Kauffman Foundation‘s CEO Wendy Guillies opened the annual State of Entrepreneurship address on the stage of the Medallion Theater at Plexpod Westport Commons.The event marked the 10th anniversary of the address, but its first year delivered directly from Kansas City rather than Washington, D.C. Via livestream, Guillies spoke to viewers across the nation about the foundation’s future plans for expanding entrepreneurship.


Kauffman Foundation taps ECJC vice president

OneKC for Women and the Enterprise Center in Johnson County announced that Melissa Roberts, vice president of strategy and economic development, will leave the ECJC executive team to take a position with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

“We are disappointed to see Melissa leave our team,” said Sherry Turner, founder of OneKC for Women. “But we are excited that she now has the opportunity to make a broader impact on the entrepreneurial ecosystem at Kauffman.” (more…)

Jowler Creek scores international award for sustainability practices

A Platte City vineyard and winery just won big for its commitment to sustainability.

Jowler Creek Vineyard and Winery was recently awarded a gold medal in Botanical Research Institute of Texas’ (BRIT) International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing competition.

Jowler Creek is also a Thinking Bigger 25 Under 25 award winner from the class of 2016.

BRIT’s international recognition addresses three key factors of sustainability environmental, economic and social aspects  as well as superior wine taste. (more…)

KC-hosted InvestMidwest Forum to feature 36 companies from 15 states

Entrepreneurs representing 36 companies from 15 states–including five from the Kansas City area–will present their business cases to prospective investors at next month’s InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum in Kansas City.

The event, hosted at the Westin Kansas City from March 19-20, marks the 20th annual celebration of the forum. (more…)

Wellness business INDULGE launches INTEGRATE event for professionals

Next week, corporate wellness business INDULGE will launch the INTEGRATE kick-off event for HR and business professionals as well as corporate leaders.

The event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at lululemon on the Country Club Plaza. The program focuses on integrating both work and life to enhance professionals’ wellness and well-being.


Free workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs coming to iWerx

Missouri University of Science and Technology has created an entrepreneurial education program for those interested in generating ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities.

Missouri S&T is first to host an Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site program in the state. Funded by the National Science Foundation, I-Corps was created to provide business and technical information to rising entrepreneurs and technological innovators. (more…)


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