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Johnson County, Mo. Economic Development Coporation

The Johnson County, Mo., EDC offers a wide range of help to new and existing businesses, including assistance with site selection, financing, microloan program, workforce training and more.

Address

300 N. Holden, Ste. 301, Warrensburg, MO 64093

(Third floor of the Johnson County  (MO) Courthouse)

Contact

Tracy E. Brantner

Website: www.growjocomo.com

Email: info@growjocomo.com

Phone: (660) 747-0244

Hispanic Economic Development Corporation (HEDC)

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.

Address

2130 Jefferson St., Kansas City, MO 64108

Contact

Pedro Zamora

Website: www.kchedc.org

Email: pzamora@kchedc.org

Phone: (816) 221-3442

Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City

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.

Address

1100 Walnut, Ste. 1700, Kansas City, MO 64106

Contact

Bob Langenkamp

Website: www.edckc.com

Email: Blangenkamp@edckc.com

Phone: (816) 221-0636

City of Kansas City, Mo., Human Relations Department

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.

Address

City Hall

414 E. 12th St., Fourth Floor, Kansas City, MO 64106

Contact

Phillip Yelder

Website: www.kcmo.gov/humanrelations/

Email: hrdgeneral.inquiries@kcmo.org

Phone: (816) 513-1836

 

U.S. Small Business Administration

Kansas City District Office

1000 Walnut St., Ste. 500

Kansas City, MO 64106

Phone: (816) 426-4900

Website: www.sba.gov

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SBAgov

Twitter: @SBAgov

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) mission is to help people get started in business and to stay in business. Through a variety of financial, technical and management assistance programs, the SBA offers new and experienced entrepreneurs access to resources to help them start and expand their small businesses. The Kansas City District serves the eastern third of Kansas and the western half of Missouri.

See individual listings in this guide for particular programs affiliated with the SBA, such as the Small Business Development Centers, SCORE and Women’s Business Centers. In addition, the SBA offers the following programs.

Business Resource Center   

4747 Troost, Ste. 128

Kansas City, MO 64110

Phone: (816) 235-6675

Email: chapter.0019@scorevolunteer.org

Website: www.scorekc.org

The Business Resource Center has an extensive small business reference library of books and publications to help entrepreneurs plan their business, expand an existing business or venture into new business areas. Computers and software are available for client use. All services and resources are provided at no cost.


Economic Development Division 

Neida Heusinkvelt

1000 Walnut St., Ste. 500

Kansas City, MO 64106

Phone: (816) 426-4906

Email: neida.heusinkvelt@sba.gov

The agency’s finance programs enhance the ability of lenders to provide long- and short-term loans to small businesses that might not qualify through normal lending channels.

There are four basic types of SBA lending and equity investment programs available: the 7(a) Loan Guaranty Program, the 7(m) Microloan Program, the 504 Certified Development Company Loan Program and the Small Business Investment Company Program.


Government Contracting Program

David Turner

1500 Bannister Road

Kansas City, MO 64131

Phone: (816) 823-1722

Email: david.turner@sba.gov

The SBA negotiates small business goals with each federal agency to ensure that the government-wide small business goal of 23 percent, required by the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997, is met. The SBA monitors the agencies’ progress toward achievement of the goal.

To increase opportunities for small businesses in the federal acquisition process, the SBA negotiates goals for small business set-asides, identifies new small business sources and counsels small companies on how to do business with the federal government.


HUBZone Program

Rhonda Hardin

1000 Walnut St., Ste. 500

Kansas City, MO 64106

Phone: (816) 426-4911

Email: rhonda.hardin@sba.gov

This program encourages economic development in historically underutilized business zones (HUBZones) through the establishment of federal contract award preferences for qualified small businesses located in such areas. To qualify for the HUBZone Program, a small business generally must be located in a HUBZone, be owned and controlled by one or more U.S. citizens, and have at least 35 percent of its employees residing in a HUBZone.

Veterans Business Resource Center

The Veterans Business Resource Center helps veterans and former service members that want to launch, grow or sell their businesses. The center provides counseling, mentoring, resources, and education for veterans, active-duty personnel who are transitioning to civilian life, and Reserve and National Guard members.

Address

315 Lemay Ferry Road, Ste. 114

St. Louis, MO 63125

Contact

Phone: (314) 531-VETS (8387)

Email: craven@vetbiz.com

Website: www.vetbiz.com

Women Construction Owners and Executives USA—Central Region

Women Construction Owners and Executives USA unites women across the nation to promote contracting opportunities and influence legislation. Services include assistance in WOSB government contracting, peer-to-peer networking, workshops and conferences, resource assistance and referrals.

Contact

Email: info@sorellagroup.com

Website: www.wcoeusa.org

LinkedIn: Groups/Women Construction Owners & Executives, USA

 

Women’s Business Center

The Women’s Business Center is a resource for women entrepreneurs in the metro Kansas City community who intend to grow their businesses. Services include workshops, FastTrac NewVenture classes, digital marketing classes, peer-to-peer mentoring roundtables, adviser council development, access to capital and more. The Women’s Business Center connects women entrepreneurs with the resources best suited to assist them with their business challenges. The WBC also manages the Women’s Capital Connection, a women’s angel investor network.

Address

Fairway Corporate Center
4220 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 350B
Fairway, KS 66205

Contact

Phone: (913) 492-5922

Email: bstitt@kansaswbc.com

Website: www.KansasWBC.com

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