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
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.
414 E. 12th St., Fourth Floor, Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 513-1836
The Business Retention and Expansion Section provides assistance to in-state businesses. These companies range from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Staffers develop incentive proposals, which include tax credits and workforce training grants; serve as a liaison with other state agencies, including the departments of Revenue, Labor, and Health and Environment; and serve as a single Kansas contact point to ensure project confidentiality.
1000 S.W. Jackson St., Ste. 100, Topeka, KS 66612
Susan NeuPoth Cadoret
Phone: (785) 296-7198
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.
220 S.E. Main St., Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
Phone: (816) 524-2424
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.
4747 Troost Ave., Ste. 121, Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: (816) 235-6769
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.
3200 Wayne Ave., Kansas City, MO 64109
Phone: (816) 216-1851
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.
5008 Prospect Ave., Kansas City, MO 64130
Phone: (816) 333-7870
Lee’s Summit’s strength and uniqueness lies in its residents’ community involvement. The Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council (LSEDC) is a public-private sector partnership devoted to improving the economic well-being of residents and businesses in Lee’s Summit.
218 S.E. Main St.
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
Phone: (816) 525-6617
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