In honor of this year's MLB All Star Game, hosted in our own hometown of Kansas City, we're celebrating a few of our own All Stars, those small business owners and entrepreneurs who our making a difference to our community and local economy.
Each of our KC All Star Entrepreneurs has worked with one of KCSourceLink's resource partners, part of a growing network of 180+ local nonprofits that help entrepreneurs and small business owners start, grow and accelerate their businesses.
And so now we give you Andrea Schnetzler and Darrell Tindal of the Berry Nutty Farm.
Tell us about the Berry Nutty Farm.
The Berry Nutty Farm makes Jams & Legendary Apple Butter while providing healthy alternatives to main stream products.
How did your KCSourceLink Resource Partner help you build your business?
Independence Ennovation Center is a wonderful commercial kitchen, network community, and resource of knowledge. Independence has stood behind the growth of THE BERRY NUTTY FARM since the start. The state of the art commercial kitchens at Independence Ennovation Center allows The Berry Nutty Farm to expand their business without having the typical overhead of a building and kitchen facility. The Berry Nutty Farm has also become Gold investors of Independence Ennovation Center, which allows for networking with other Ennnovation Center investors. There is a plethora of knowledge shared among other Independence Ennovation Center kitchen clients.
What makes Kansas City America's most entrepreneurial city?
Competitively priced land and buildings provide many options for business startup, expansion and relocation. The cost of living for Kansas City is 93.40 on a 100 point scale. The biggest draw was the number of mentorship programs available through nonprofit organizations like the Independence Ennovation Center (Incubator). The Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation within the UMKC Bloch School – was ranked top 25 graduate entrepreneur programs in the nation by the Princeton Review
and the Bloch Executive MBA Program was ranked #1 for career impact among U.S. public universities by Financial Times
. Kansas City’s infrastructure makes us a crossroad for supplies and distribution from coast to coast and even around the world.
Here, batter, batter.
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