This community improvement district runs along Independence Avenue from the Paseo to Ewing. It was established to address “crime and grime” in addition to “making cash registers chime” along the corridor. Services include beautification efforts, marketing, events and more.
2657 Independence Ave., Kansas City, MO 64124
Bobbi Baker Hughes
Phone: (816) 231-3312
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
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 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
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
The Farm to Table Kitchen is an incubator for small businesses, including farmers’ market vendors, food trucks, caterers and more. The facility is a commercially licensed kitchen at Kansas City’s City Market.
21 E. Third St., Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 842-1271
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
The Entrepreneurial Leadership Project at MNU is a Kauffman FastTrac affiliate offering FastTrac training and other courses for entrepreneurs who are developing and deploying business plans. Classes are offered in Olathe at the Santa Fe Commons campus.
13625 S. Mur-Len Road, Olathe, KS 66062
Dr. Graydon Dawson
Phone: (913) 971-3873
The Ennovation Center is a business incubator that provides space and resources to 70-plus clients. It offers commercial kitchen, office, light tech manufacturing and shared coworking spaces in its facility. The center works with a wide range of companies and offers an ever-evolving spectrum of resources to help small and early businesses grow.
210 N. Forest Ave., Suite 120
Independence, MO 64050
Phone: (816) 463-3532