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 H&R Block Business & Career Center offers online and print materials for entrepreneurs, including information on business plans; company, industry and marketing research; business management; business financing; business writing; and other topics. The Block Center also has research space and computers devoted to business research. Appointments can be made in advance and are encouraged.
Central Library, Kansas City Public Library
14 W. 10th St. – Third Floor, Kansas City, MO 64105
Phone: (816) 701-3717
HEDC offers one-on-one consultation services for current and aspiring entrepreneurs with a focus on providing education and information. With offices in Jackson County, Mo., and Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas, HEDC is conveniently located for clients throughout the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.
The organization provides loans and microfinancing options to small businesses, particularly those owned by women and minorities, that don’t qualify for traditional bank financing. The loans can range in size from $500 to $50,000, but most tend to be for $8,000 on average. The money can be used for inventory, working capital, equipment or real estate.
HEDC team members are bilingual and entrepreneurs with many years of combined education and practical experience, allowing the organization to provide quality services that clients have come to expect for the past 20 years. While the target market is the Hispanic community, HEDC services are available to any and all interested in the business development services.
2130 Jefferson St., Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 221-3442
The Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP) is dedicated to strengthening entrepreneurial leaders through excellence in mentoring. Applications to participate in the program as a mentee are due at the beginning of August of each year. Applicants must have been in business for at least three years and be the ultimate decision- maker for a business that generates around $1 million in annual revenue, with five or more full-time employees. In addition, the applicant must have a desire to substantially grow the business.
2000 Baltimore Ave., Ste. 200, Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 471-HEMP (4367)
FabLab is a lab full of tools, technology and training where students and local businesses can conceptualize, design, develop, fabricate and test almost anything. The lab offers six different prototyping technologies, three-dimensional scanning, metal working, vacuum forming, an array of woodworking equipment, welding equipment and many other types of tools and technologies, including a fully capable CADD and three-dimensional modeling lab.
1775 Universal Ave., Kansas City, MO 64120
Phone: (816) 604-5602
The Entrepreneurial Leadership Project at MNU is a Kauffman FastTrac affiliate offering FastTrac training and other courses for entrepreneurs who are developing and deploying business plans. Classes are offered in Olathe at the Santa Fe Commons campus.
13625 S. Mur-Len Road, Olathe, KS 66062
Dr. Graydon Dawson
Phone: (913) 971-3873
The Ennovation Center is a business incubator that provides space and resources to 70-plus clients. It offers commercial kitchen, office, light tech manufacturing and shared coworking spaces in its facility. The center works with a wide range of companies and offers an ever-evolving spectrum of resources to help small and early businesses grow.
210 N. Forest Ave., Suite 120
Independence, MO 64050
Phone: (816) 463-3532
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 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
Digital Sandbox KC and its Energy Sandbox (which works with startups in the energy industry) provide proof-of-concept resources to support early-stage commercialization processes, including access to technology, business and market experts and funding for early-stage market validation, prototyping and beta-testing services. Funding currently available for companies on the Missouri side of the metro area and in Olathe.
4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: (816) 235-6661