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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

 

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

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

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.

Wakarusa Valley Development

Wakarusa Valley Development Inc. (WVDI) is a nonprofit community-based organization certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to originate and service SBA 504 Loans throughout Kansas. In addition, WVDI works with local banks and small businesses that seek funding under the SBA 7(a) loan guarantee program by providing packaging services and technical assistance.

Address

120 E. 9th St., Ste. 202

Lawrence, KS 66044

Contact

Phone: (785) 749-7600

Email: troberts@wakarusavalley.org

Website: www.wakarusavalley.org

Central Exchange

Central Exchange (CX) provides a venue and voice for women seeking to reach their full personal and professional potential. With more than 1,000 members, CX represents a cross-section of women and men from throughout the Kansas City area. The organization hosts hundreds of programs on leadership, professional and personal development each year.

Address

1020 Central, Kansas City, MO 64105

Contact

Courtney Thomas

Website: www.centralexchange.org

Email: natalie@CentralExchange.org

Phone: (816) 389-8850

 

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