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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

Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP)

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.

Address

2000 Baltimore Ave., Ste. 200, Kansas City, MO 64108

Contact

Christina Dreiling

Website: www.hempkc.org

Email: christina@hempkc.org

Phone: (816) 471-HEMP (4367)

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce – Diversity & Inclusion

 

The Greater Kansas City Chamber values and promotes diversity because it enhances the business community and the region’s economic development.

Address

30 W. Pershing Road, Ste. 301, Kansas City, MO 64108

Contact

Greg Valdovino

Website: www.kcchamber.com

Email: valdovino@kcchamber.com

Phone: (816) 374-5494

BOOST Lee’s Summit

BOOST Lee’s Summit is a Web-based and community-supported training and coaching program for entrepreneurs in Lee’s Summit and the surrounding Jackson County area. Members can access an online, interactive training regimen, along with in-person coaching and mentoring, including access
to professional business resources. The program is powered by the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce.

Address

220 S.E. Main St., Lee’s Summit, MO 64063

Contact

Matt Baird

Website: www.boostleessummit.com

Email: mbaird@lschamber.com

Phone: (816) 524-2424

Artist INC

Artist INC is a program of the UMKC Innovation Center in collaboration with Mid-America Arts Alliance. Artist INC connects artists of all disciplines throughout the Midwest region to the resources and opportunities that will help them promote their work and strengthen their artistic practice.

Address

4747 Troost Ave., Ste. 121, Kansas City, MO 64110

Contact

Lisa Cordes

Website: www.ArtistINCkc.com

Email: info@ArtistINCkc.com

Phone: (816) 235-6769

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Missouri Western State University

The Center for Entrepreneurship in the Craig School of Business furnishes counseling assistance free of charge to small business owners. Assistance is available for all stages of entrepreneurship, including starting a business, operating a business and growing a business. The center staff will provide one-on-one business coaching and connect clients to additional resources and programs.

Address

4525 Downs Drive, Popplewell Hall, Room 203, St. Joseph, MO 64507

Contact

Annette Weeks

Website: csb-cfe.missouriwestern.edu

Email: aweeks@missouriwestern.edu

Phone: (816) 271-4283

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’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

Central Exchange

Central Exchange (CX) provides a venue and voice for women seeking to reach their full personal and professional potential. With more than 1,000 members, CX represents a cross-section of women and men from throughout the Kansas City area. The organization hosts hundreds of programs on leadership, professional and personal development each year.

Address

1020 Central, Kansas City, MO 64105

Contact

Courtney Thomas

Website: www.centralexchange.org

Email: natalie@CentralExchange.org

Phone: (816) 389-8850

 

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