Justine PETERSEN, a St. Louis-based nonprofit, operates a microloan program for small businesses in the Kansas City region. Loan amounts are between $500 and $50,000 with most in the $8,000 to $10,000 range. The program seeks to assist companies that may not have access to traditional bank loans.
Phone: (314) 565-6900
Johnson County K-State Research and Extension helps business owners make informed decisions about starting a small business. The classes offered are designed to introduce business owners to some key resource providers and other small business owners. The organization also offers technical assistance for food, horticulture and agriculture-related businesses.
11811 S. Sunset Drive, Ste. 1500
Olathe, KS 66061
Phone: (913) 715-7000
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
The Inventors Center of Kansas City (ICKC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping inventors find education, inspiration and connection to bring their ideas to fruition and achieve entrepreneurial success. ICKC hosts a free meet-up, held the third Tuesday of each month in Union Station’s Arthur Stilwell Room. The meet-up is open to the public.
P.O. Box 411003, Kansas City, MO 64141
Phone: (913) 322-1895
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
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 Full Employment Council offers services tailored to the needs of employers, including customized training in time, targeted recruitment, screening assistance and wage reimbursement.
1740 Paseo Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 471-2330
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 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 Valley CAPS is a program for juniors and seniors in the Blue Valley School District. Students work on projects in bioscience, business, engineering and human services, helping them develop the skills required by the 21st century workplace. Blue Valley CAPS students regularly collaborate with small and large businesses on real-world problems.
7501 W. 149th Terrace, Overland Park, KS 66223
Phone: (913) 239-5900