The Jackson County Purchasing Department handles the procurement of goods and services for county departments. Vendors can view bids, print bid documents and submit company profile information at www.jacksongov.org.
415 E. 12th St., Room G-1, Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 881-3267
The Inventors Center of Kansas City (ICKC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping inventors find education, inspiration and connection to bring their ideas to fruition and achieve entrepreneurial success. ICKC hosts a free meet-up, held the third Tuesday of each month in Union Station’s Arthur Stilwell Room. The meet-up is open to the public.
P.O. Box 411003, Kansas City, MO 64141
Phone: (913) 322-1895
The International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City (ITCGKC) is a membership-driven 501(c)(3) organization that networks Kansas City area professionals in the international business and academic communities, delivers timely international trade education, and bridges access to relevant resources. ITCGKC’s signature programs include the Global Research Initiative, where members guide graduate student teams through focused global business research for an area firm; and the TradeWins international trade simulation for students or young professionals preparing for a global business career.
4747 Troost, Ste. 119E, Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: (816) 235-6654
ISPE is the world’s largest not-for-profit association dedicated to educating and advancing pharmaceutical manufacturing professionals and their industry.
IBSA is a Kansas nonprofit agency that provides development and support services to emerging entrepreneurs. A veteran resource partner of the Kansas Department of Commerce Office of Minority/Women Business Development, NetWork Kansas and KCSourceLink.com, IBSA assists low- to moderate-income entrepreneurs in the development of feasibility/business plans, computer needs analysis and setup, document preparation and ongoing counsel to help troubleshoot areas as needed. IBSA has been active in the promotion and advocacy of policies and procedures that increase corporate and government procurements with disadvantaged, minority, women, veteran and low-income microenterprises. The agency conducts statistical or data research and shares these findings with government, advocacy and development agencies upon request.
629 S.E. Quincy, Topeka, KS 66603
Phone: (913) 735-4272
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
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 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
Athena League fosters and empowers early- stage and established female entrepreneurs. The organization hosts speakers, networking sessions and other events that encourage women entrepreneurs.