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)
Heartland Business Capital (HBC) specializes in the Small Business Administration 504 loan for financing commercial real estate for businesses in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The benefits of the 504 loan include a 20-year fixed rate and as little as 10 percent equity injection.
8900 Indian Creek Parkway, Ste. 150, Overland Park, KS 66210
Phone: (913) 599-1717
The Full Employment Council offers services tailored to the needs of employers, including customized training in time, targeted recruitment, screening assistance and wage reimbursement.
1740 Paseo Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 471-2330
Frontier Financial Partners’ central focus is the SBA 504 loan program, but FFP also can identify other financing sources that may better meet the borrower’s needs. FFP is very knowledgeable about the following programs: SBA 504 Loan Program, SBA 7(a) Loan Program, USDA Business & Industry Guaranty Loan Program and the CDBG Loan and Grant Program.
11025 Hauser St., Overland Park, KS 66210
Phone: (913) 424-7856
The Freelance Exchange of Kansas City provides a network of support and friendly atmosphere in which to exchange ideas and best business practices with those who are self-employed in the advertising and marketing industry. Additionally, the Freelance Exchange serves as the best resource for local ad agencies and businesses of all shapes and sizes to find quality, affordable talent easily and quickly.
P.O. Box 412442, Kansas City, MO 64141-2442
Phone: (816) 200-0411
EnCorps45 is an organization for professionals age 45 and older who are looking to reinvent themselves, including through business ownership. Members can participate in networking sessions and educational workshops.
Phone: (816) 210-5550
The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is a not-for-profit full-service economic development organization that provides assistance to new, existing and expanding businesses located in Kansas City, Mo., or those considering a Kansas City location.
Entrepreneurial resources include low-cost, long-term financing through EDC loan programs and financial assistance information; application and qualification for state and local incentives, such as Enterprise Zone benefits and Missouri Customized Training grants; and coordination of services and assistance. The primary financing tool utilized by the EDC Loan Corporation is the SBA 504 loan program. The EDC Loan Corporation is able to provide 504 loans throughout Missouri.
1100 Walnut, Ste. 1700, Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 221-0636
The Downtown Council of Kansas City is committed to creating a vibrant, diverse and economically sustainable downtown. As a private nonprofit membership organization, the Downtown Council (DTC) has more than 280 members who represent Kansas City’s best businesses, property owners, small entrepreneurial companies and nonprofit organizations.
1000 Walnut, Ste. 200, Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 421-1539
The Greater Kansas City Chamber values and promotes diversity because it enhances the business community and the region’s economic development.
30 W. Pershing Road, Ste. 301, Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 374-5494