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Clay County Economic Development Council

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.

Address

1251 N.W. Briarcliff Parkway, Ste. 25, Kansas City, MO 64116

Contact

Deneen Lewis

Website: www.clayEDC.com

Email: deneenl@clayedc.com

Phone: (816) 468-4989

 

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

 

Builders’ Association, The (Kansas City Chapter, AGC)

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.

Address

720 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64106

Contact

Don Greenwell

Website: www.buildersassociation.com

Email: dgreenwell@buildersassociation.com

Phone: (816) 531-4741

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

AltCap

AltCap is a 501(c)(4) community development financial institution (CDFI) committed to providing alternative capital for community impact. AltCap offers alternative, nontraditional financing opportunities to job-creating businesses and catalytic real estate development projects through the New Markets Tax Credit program, provides targeted loan funds that support microlending to startups and small businesses, and works with several strategic partners to deliver resources to small business owners and residents of low- to moderate-income communities throughout Kansas City, Mo.

Address

3200 Wayne Ave., Kansas City, MO 64109

Contact

Ruben Alonso

Email: ruben@alt-cap.org

Phone: (816) 216-1851

Website: www.alt-cap.org

Enterprise Center of Johnson County

A nonprofit organization that connects entrepreneurs across the region to the resources needed to grow their businesses. Provides affordable office space, education, mentoring and connections to capital.

Address

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

Contact

Melissa Roberts

Email: mroberts@ecjc.com

Website: www.ecjc.com

Phone: (913) 438-2282

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

Blue Hills Community Services

Blue Hills Community Services, a not- for-profit community development corporation, is a catalyst for neighborhood development, educational programming, community improvement and small business growth. Blue Hills Community Services is rebuilding forgotten neighborhoods, helping residents and businesses reclaim the urban core and laying the foundation for positive, sustainable growth.

Address

5008 Prospect Ave., Kansas City, MO 64130

Contact

Website: www.bhcsmo.org

Phone: (816) 333-7870

 

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.

Contact


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        66201-0754
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