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Artist INC

Artist INC is a program of the UMKC Innovation Center in collaboration with Mid-America Arts Alliance. Artist INC connects artists of all disciplines throughout the Midwest region to the resources and opportunities that will help them promote their work and strengthen their artistic practice.

Address

4747 Troost Ave., Ste. 121, Kansas City, MO 64110

Contact

Lisa Cordes

Website: www.ArtistINCkc.com

Email: info@ArtistINCkc.com

Phone: (816) 235-6769

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

Angel Capital Group

Angel Capital Group is a syndicate of angel groups and funds. The network brings angel investors and entrepreneurs together in an environment that celebrates innovation, rewards strategic risk-taking and focuses on performance. The group aggregates capital to validate and invest in innovative business models created by outstanding entrepreneurs. The group optimizes risk and returns by curating companies and proving the scalability of their revenue model, bringing national resources to local companies.

 

Contact

Shane Spencer

Email: shane@angelcapitalgr.com

Website: www.theangelcapitalgroup.com

Phone: (816) 533-5040

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.

Veterans Business Resource Center

The Veterans Business Resource Center helps veterans and former service members that want to launch, grow or sell their businesses. The center provides counseling, mentoring, resources, and education for veterans, active-duty personnel who are transitioning to civilian life, and Reserve and National Guard members.

Address

315 Lemay Ferry Road, Ste. 114

St. Louis, MO 63125

Contact

Phone: (314) 531-VETS (8387)

Email: craven@vetbiz.com

Website: www.vetbiz.com

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

Whiteboard to Boardroom

Whiteboard to Boardroom is a service that works with local business owners and entrepreneurs to help them commercialize research and technologies. W2B is a clearinghouse for regional commercialization information that is available to innovators and companies alike to advance technologies to the marketplace.

Address

4747 Troost Ave.

Kansas City, MO 64110

Contact

Phone: (816) 235-6429

Email: jbaxendale54@gmail.com

Website: www.ceobullpen.com

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