Tim Barton, the founder of Freightquote, will be recognized next week as the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Regional Entrepreneur of the Year.
The 29th annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Kansas City Convention Center, 301 W. 13th St., with a preceding student venture showcase and networking event at 5:30 p.m.
The dinner and awards program is presented by the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and marks the final event of Henry Bloch Entrepreneurship Week.
Barton is founder and executive chairman of Freightquote, which uses technological solutions to unite freight shippers with carriers. Barton’s civic experience includes serving as chairman of the board of the Center for Education Reform in Washington; serving on the board of Turn the Page KC, an early education reading skills initiative; and serving on the Board of Advisors of the University of Kansas School of Business.
This year’s awards also will honor Philip Anschutz as International Entrepreneur of the Year, and Sister Berta Sailer and Sister Corita Bussanmas as recipients of the Marion and John Kreamer Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
Anschutz owns the Anschutz Corporation, which is involved in such diverse fields as communications, transportation, natural and renewable resources, real estate, lodging, publishing and the entertainment business, including such AEG venues as the Sprint Center.
Sailer and Bussanmas are co-founders of Operation Breakthrough. The Sisters have long devoted themselves to helping underprivileged children by providing childcare, education, meals and medical care in the urban core.
The Arts and Entrepreneurship Showcase
Another event that is part of Henry Bloch Entrepreneurship Week will be “The Arts and Entrepreneurship Showcase.” Designed to connect with students and future entrepreneurs, the event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 11 in the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall at UMKC. Workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Both UMKC students and area artists will show their artwork.