The Kansas Business Center is the official state resource for information, filings and personal assistance to start or maintain Kansas businesses. The Kansas Business Center will provide businesses the resources to help them monitor their annual requirements.
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 Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP) is dedicated to strengthening entrepreneurial leaders through excellence in mentoring. Applications to participate in the program as a mentee are due at the beginning of August of each year. Applicants must have been in business for at least three years and be the ultimate decision- maker for a business that generates around $1 million in annual revenue, with five or more full-time employees. In addition, the applicant must have a desire to substantially grow the business.
2000 Baltimore Ave., Ste. 200, Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 471-HEMP (4367)
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
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 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 Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) promotes a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing the most timely, relevant and accurate economic accounts data in an objective and cost-effective manner.
4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233
Phone: (301) 763-1822
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.
720 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 531-4741
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