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Digital Sandbox KC

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.

Address

4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110

Contact

Jeff Shackelford

Website: www.digitalsandboxkc.com

Email: jeffshackelford@digitalsandboxkc.com

Phone: (816) 235-6661

County Economic Research Institute Inc. (CERI)

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.

Address

11111 W. 95th St., Ste. 210, Overland Park, KS 66214

Contact

Website: www.cerionline.org

Email: reports@cerionline.org

Phone: (913) 599-1616

 

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

 

Business Retention & Expansion Program, Kansas Department of Commerce

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.

Address

1000 S.W. Jackson St., Ste. 100, Topeka, KS 66612

Contact

Susan NeuPoth Cadoret

Website: www.kansascommerce.com

Email: Susan.NeuPothCadoret@ks.gov

Phone: (785) 296-7198

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

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

 

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  2. PO Box 754
        Shawnee Mission, KS
        66201-0754
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