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 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 Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that aims to foster economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. Founded by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has approximately $2 billion in assets.
4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: (816) 932-1000
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
EnCorps45 is an organization for professionals age 45 and older who are looking to reinvent themselves, including through business ownership. Members can participate in networking sessions and educational workshops.
Phone: (816) 210-5550
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
CERI is a nonprofit organization with a mission to support economic development in Johnson County through the provision of data and technical assistance. CERI publishes a variety of reports and resource data to assist local businesses in marketing and strategic planning. CERI is a local repository of U.S. Census data for the region. In addition, the institute performs small area demographic studies and publishes numerous reports, including monthly economic indicators, wage surveys, Johnson County promotional brochures, a major-employers directory, labor shed report and other special economic and demographic studies.
11111 W. 95th St., Ste. 210, Overland Park, KS 66214
Phone: (913) 599-1616
The Clay County Economic Development Council is committed to economic development in the Kansas City Northland of Clay County, Mo., and provides the following resources and programs: site selection and building searches for expansion; Midwest Small Business Finance, which offers 504, 7(a) and other SBA loans; the six-month Doniphan Leadership Institute program for executives; and the Northland Angel Investor Network.
1251 N.W. Briarcliff Parkway, Ste. 25, Kansas City, MO 64116
Phone: (816) 468-4989