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Full Employment Council

The Full Employment Council offers services tailored to the needs of employers, including customized training in time, targeted recruitment, screening assistance and wage reimbursement.

Address

1740 Paseo Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108

Contact

Edgar Cooper

Website: www.feckc.org

Email: ecooper@feckc.org

Phone: (816) 471-2330

Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City

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.

Address

1100 Walnut, Ste. 1700, Kansas City, MO 64106

Contact

Bob Langenkamp

Website: www.edckc.com

Email: Blangenkamp@edckc.com

Phone: (816) 221-0636

Builders’ Association, The (Kansas City Chapter, AGC)

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.

Address

720 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64106

Contact

Don Greenwell

Website: www.buildersassociation.com

Email: dgreenwell@buildersassociation.com

Phone: (816) 531-4741

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

Blue Hills Community Services

Blue Hills Community Services, a not- for-profit community development corporation, is a catalyst for neighborhood development, educational programming, community improvement and small business growth. Blue Hills Community Services is rebuilding forgotten neighborhoods, helping residents and businesses reclaim the urban core and laying the foundation for positive, sustainable growth.

Address

5008 Prospect Ave., Kansas City, MO 64130

Contact

Website: www.bhcsmo.org

Phone: (816) 333-7870

 

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

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

 

Associated Industries of Missouri

Associated Industries of Missouri is the state’s oldest and premier business association. AIM has represented the interests of Missouri employers in front of the General Assembly, the courts, statewide agencies and the public since 1919. Members of AIM are kept informed of governmental and court actions that impact Missouri businesses through electronic notices, biannual magazines and monthly committee conference calls.

Address

3234 W. Truman Blvd., Jefferson City, MO 65109

Contact

Ray McCarty

Website: www.voiceofmobusiness.com

Email: rmccarty@aimo.com

Telephone: (573) 634-2246

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