The Jackson County Purchasing Department handles the procurement of goods and services for county departments. Vendors can view bids, print bid documents and submit company profile information at www.jacksongov.org.
415 E. 12th St., Room G-1, Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 881-3267
IBSA is a Kansas nonprofit agency that provides development and support services to emerging entrepreneurs. A veteran resource partner of the Kansas Department of Commerce Office of Minority/Women Business Development, NetWork Kansas and KCSourceLink.com, IBSA assists low- to moderate-income entrepreneurs in the development of feasibility/business plans, computer needs analysis and setup, document preparation and ongoing counsel to help troubleshoot areas as needed. IBSA has been active in the promotion and advocacy of policies and procedures that increase corporate and government procurements with disadvantaged, minority, women, veteran and low-income microenterprises. The agency conducts statistical or data research and shares these findings with government, advocacy and development agencies upon request.
629 S.E. Quincy, Topeka, KS 66603
Phone: (913) 735-4272
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that aims to foster economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. Founded by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has approximately $2 billion in assets.
4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: (816) 932-1000
The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is a not-for-profit full-service economic development organization that provides assistance to new, existing and expanding businesses located in Kansas City, Mo., or those considering a Kansas City location.
Entrepreneurial resources include low-cost, long-term financing through EDC loan programs and financial assistance information; application and qualification for state and local incentives, such as Enterprise Zone benefits and Missouri Customized Training grants; and coordination of services and assistance. The primary financing tool utilized by the EDC Loan Corporation is the SBA 504 loan program. The EDC Loan Corporation is able to provide 504 loans throughout Missouri.
1100 Walnut, Ste. 1700, Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 221-0636
The Downtown Council of Kansas City is committed to creating a vibrant, diverse and economically sustainable downtown. As a private nonprofit membership organization, the Downtown Council (DTC) has more than 280 members who represent Kansas City’s best businesses, property owners, small entrepreneurial companies and nonprofit organizations.
1000 Walnut, Ste. 200, Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 421-1539
The Greater Kansas City Chamber values and promotes diversity because it enhances the business community and the region’s economic development.
30 W. Pershing Road, Ste. 301, Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 374-5494
The Clay County Economic Development Council is committed to economic development in the Kansas City Northland of Clay County, Mo., and provides the following resources and programs: site selection and building searches for expansion; Midwest Small Business Finance, which offers 504, 7(a) and other SBA loans; the six-month Doniphan Leadership Institute program for executives; and the Northland Angel Investor Network.
1251 N.W. Briarcliff Parkway, Ste. 25, Kansas City, MO 64116
Phone: (816) 468-4989
The Human Relations Department (HRD) is responsible for investigating and processing complaints of civil rights violations that have occurred within the city limits of Kansas City, Mo. The department is also charged with helping companies become certified as disadvantaged, minority or women-owned enterprises; as small local business enterprises; or as Section 3-certified businesses. As part of its effort to promote affirmative action, the department also monitors city construction contracts for compliance with prevailing wage laws, as well as compliance with the city’s ordinances regarding construction workforce and utilization of certified companies on all contracts that meet ordinance criteria. HRD sponsors two yearly events that are open to all: a Civil Rights Summit every spring celebrating fair housing legislation, and the Kansas City Government Contract and Procurement Forum in August.
414 E. 12th St., Fourth Floor, Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 513-1836
The Builders’ Association serves the commercial construction industry and represents approximately 800 general contractor, subcontractor, supplier and service provider member companies employing about 25,000 people. It has an Education & Training Center—a 100,000-square-foot apprenticeship and management training center, which is also home to the 4,000 square foot Builders’ Advancement Center—in North Kansas City; an administrative office and plan room service center at 720 Oak St. in Kansas City, Mo.; and training and plan room service centers in Jefferson City and Springfield. Its sister organization, the Kansas City Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, currently represents approximately 120 firms and is part of the largest and oldest national construction trade association in the United States.
720 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 531-4741
Blue Hills Community Services, a not- for-profit community development corporation, is a catalyst for neighborhood development, educational programming, community improvement and small business growth. Blue Hills Community Services is rebuilding forgotten neighborhoods, helping residents and businesses reclaim the urban core and laying the foundation for positive, sustainable growth.
5008 Prospect Ave., Kansas City, MO 64130
Phone: (816) 333-7870