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Networking for Growth

Kansas City is a connected place for entrepreneurs and small business owners. From chambers of commerce to high-tech groups, Kansas City offers a number of places to plug in. Before you go to that next networking event, check out these three tips:

  • Hands with small plantBe Prepared: Think about who you want to meet at the event. Have a plan, and ask others who will be at the same event to help you meet the people on your list. Think about what you want to say. You'll find tips on how to develop an elevator pitch at Business Know How.
  • Be Easy to Talk to: Listen to what others have to say. Have a positive, upbeat attitude. Wait for the right opening to enter into others' conversations.
  • Be Ready to Follow Up: Once you've made a connection, don't lose it. Phone or e-mail promising contacts the following day. If you promise to provide something, do it.

Opportunities for Networking

 
 

1 Million Cups

A Kauffman Labs program striving to engage entrepreneurs through a weekly educational and networking program.

Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City

The Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City was formed in 1998 as a non-profit organization to enhance the economic opportunities for Asian American businesses through education, networking, and advocacy while promoting community engagement and visibility.

Basehor Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the chamber is to advance the general welfare, prosperity and positive business environment of the Basehor business area.

Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce

The Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce provides business assistance, networking opportunities and other services related to growing businesses in Blue Springs, MO.

Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Area Chamber of Commerce

The Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Chamber of Commerce provides networking opportunities, business referrals and contacts and other services related to growing businesses in the Bonner Springs, Edwardsville, and surrounding area. The BS-EDW Chamber also hosts several community events throughout the year. These include Edwardsville Days Festival, Annual Golf Tournament, Tiblow Days Festival, Community Candidate Forums, and more.

Brookside Business Association

Brookside Business Association promotes economic development, community growth, business retention and attraction in the Brookside area of Kansas City, Mo.

Central Exchange

Central Exchange is a preeminent membership organization in the Kansas City area which provides the venue and voice for women seeking to reach their full personal and professional potential.

City of Kansas City, MO-KCBizCare

KCBizCare is a division of the City of Kansas City, Missouri City Manager's Office. KC BizCare is a free business resource, advocacy and information center for new and existing businesses operating within the City.

Excelsior Springs Area Chamber of Commerce

The Excelsior Springs Chamber of Commerce helps to engage, influence and impact the business community of Excelsior Springs, MO.

Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce

The Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce provides business assistance, networking opportunities & other services for businesses operating or wishing to operate in Gardner, Edgerton or New Century, KS.

Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce

The Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce mission is to develop our community by being the voice for small businesses.

Go Topeka/Entrepreneurial & Minority Business Development

GO Topeka promotes and supports business in the Topeka, Kansas area by providing assistance to new and existing business seeking to start or grow, or those companies or corporations seeking to relocate or expand in the Topeka/Shawnee County Community.

Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to being the primary advocate for businesses in the Grain Valley area by promoting economic development, providing educational resources and partnering with our members to improve the business environment and community image.

Grandview Chamber & Economic Development Council

The Grandview Chamber exists to serve, protect and promote area business.

GSA Office of Small Business Utilization

The GSA Heartland Office of Small Business Utilization identifies bidding opportunities and contracting vehicles for small businesses.

Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce

The Kansas Black Chamber of Commerce promotes African-American businesses in Kansas.

Innovation Stockyard

The Innovation Stockyard operates the Kit Bond Science and Technology Incubator on the campus of Missouri Western State University with a focus on economic and workforce development, and animal health and nutrition.

Kansas City Direct Marketing Association (KCDMA)

The Kansas City Direct Marketing Association (KCDMA) provides outstanding programming and networking for marketers who practice direct and digital marketing, including online, social, mobile, direct response and direct mail.

Kansas City Startup Foundation

Kansas City Startup Foundation (KCSF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is a sustainable solution ensuring the continued existence of a resourceful, accessible, supportive startup and entrepreneur ecosystem in Kansas City.

Kansas Department of Agriculture

The mission of the KDA Agricultural Marketing, Advocacy and Outreach Team is to serve all Kansans through innovative programming and delivering solutions designed to create an environment that facilitates growth and expansion in agriculture while increasing pride in and awareness of the state's largest industry - agriculture.

KC Tech Council

KC Tech Council is committed to growing the existing base of technology firms, recruiting and attracting companies, promoting our regional IT assets and providing peer interaction and industry news.

KCK Women's Chamber of Commerce

The Women's Chamber of Commerce (WCC) of Kansas City, Kan., promotes the strengths of women and their contributions in leadership roles.

Kearney Chamber of Commerce

The Kearney Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting business and tourism growth in Kearney, Mo.

Leavenworth Main Street Program, Inc. ®

Leavenworth Main Street fosters economic development and historic preservation with downtown Leavenworth, Kansas, the 1st City of Kansas, established 1854.

Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce

The Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce aggressively advocates the interests of business before influential policy makers, especially those in local, state and federal government, by focusing on core issues identified by members.

Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce

We create opportunities for business success through networking and advocacy, as well as business and professional development. We provide leadership by servicing as a catalyst for the economic growth and prosperity of the Lee's Summit community.

Lenexa Chamber of Commerce

The Lenexa Chamber of Commerce is a highly recognized chamber in the region offering business support and networking opportunities in the Lenexa, Kan., area.

Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce

The Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors a number of events designed to celebrate and promote the Liberty, Mo., area.

Martin City Community Improvement District

The Martin City Community Improvement District (CID) serves as an economic development tool that allows business owners in the District to coordinate public improvement efforts; address safety and security; produce marketing campaigns to attract new businesses and tourism; and create programs that foster recreational and cultural activity as well as special events.

Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council

Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council promotes the growth and development of minority businesses through B-to-B opportunities and government contracts.

Multicultural Business Coalition

The Multicultural Business Coalition is a nonprofit collective of Kansas City based organizations that were created to encourage and support a healthy multicultural business community.

North Kansas City Business Council

The mission of the North Kansas City Business Council is to be an advocate for business and quality of life in North Kansas City, Missouri. We provide networking, marketing and economic development support for the community. We are also active in supporting and encouraging workforce development and entrepreneurship.

Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce

The Northeast Johnson County Chamber is a relationship-driven organization that serves local communities and area businesses, with the mission of “Helping Small Businesses Grow.” The NEJC Chamber serves ten cities including Fairway, Merriam, Mission, Mission Hills, Mission Woods, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Westwood and Westwood Hills. Visit us online at nejcchamber.com.

Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

NECC strives to be a financially sound, well-managed business association that enhances the quality of life and economic competitiveness in the Historic, contemporary and multicultural district of KCMO.

Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce

Mission Statement To enhance the business community, economic growth and quality of life in the Northland. Vision The Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce will serve to: Enhance business opportunities and services for members; Provide a strong and unified voice for the Northland; Promote high quality growth and development; and Lead the development of activities and partnerships among business, government and education.

Olathe Chamber of Commerce

The Olathe Chamber of Commerce provides business assistance, networking opportunities and other services related to growing a business in Olathe, Kan.

Overland Park Chamber of Commerce

The Overland Park Chamber of Commerce works to enhance the business environmment and quality of life in the Overland Park, Kan., community. It offers its members programs and services for advocacy, networking, marketing and promotions, and business development.

Overland Park Economic Development Council

The Overland Park Economic Development Council provides demographic, real estate and general business development consulting services to promote business in Overland Park, Kan.

Paola Chamber of Commerce

The Paola (Kan.) Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to community development, encouraging business alliances and nurturing the growth and development of new and existing businesses.

Parkville Area Chamber of Commerce

The Parkville Area Chamber of Commerce provides business assistance, networking opportunities, public relations, and other services related to growth and development in the Parkville Missouri area.

Platte City Area Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development Council

The Platte City Area Chamber of Commerce provides networking opportunities, entrepreneurial support, business retention and expansion services for the Platte City, Mo., area.

Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce

The Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce supports our business community to enhance the quality of life for our citizens.

Raytown Office of Economic Development

The City of Raytown has initiated an aggressive economic development effort emphasizing small business development, business recruitment and business retention. The program provides real estate site selection, incentive attainment and general ombudsman services.

Shawnee Chamber of Commerce

The Shawnee Chamber of Commerce promotes the interests of our members in the Shawnee community and the surrounding area, offering opportunities to connect and promote your business.

Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce

The Smithville Chamber of Commerce provides business assistance, networking opportunities and other services related to growing businesses in Smithville, Mo.

South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

The South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce provides business assistance, networking opportunities, professional development and other services related to starting or growing a business.

Southtown Council

The Southtown (Mo.) Council strives to facilitate linkages among the stakeholders in Southtown to create an environment for economic development and community growth.

Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce

The Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce works to link business, government and the community in Spring Hill, Kan.

St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce

The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce provides business assistance, networking opportunities & other services related to growing businesses in St. Joseph, Mo.

Startup Rewind

The Startup Rewind is an outlet for entrepreneurs and startup companies to get the word out about new companies and ideas.

Think Big Partners

Think Big Partners is an early-stage startup accelerator & mentorship-based collaborative network. Includes our coworking space (Think Big Coworking), entrepreneurial conferences & events, essential services, startup resources & funding (Think Big Ventures).

Thinking Bigger Business Media, Inc.

Connect business owners with connections, information and strategies to grow their businesses.

Twenty30CEO

Twenty30CEO, a branch of Under30CEO KC, is a networking, learning and resource group for 20s & 30s innovators and entrepreneurs. With fun, casual meetings and amazing speakers, there is a focus on providing members the network and skills to excel at whatever they're working on.

U.S. Small Business Administration, Kansas City District Office

Our mission at the U.S. Small Business Administration is to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns.

Waldo Area Business Association

The Waldo Area Business Association promotes economic development, community growth, business retention and attraction in the Waldo area of Kansas City, Mo.

Weston Chamber of Commerce

The goal of the Weston Chamber of Commerce is to further the economic development for the City of Weston, Mo,. by promoting and assisting the growth and development of business concerns.

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    You're a member of the start-up group. Brand new to the entrepreneurial world, your ideas and energy will take you far. Welcome to the family.


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    You're a member of the microenterprise group. Your small business is not only your dream job, but also gives you the flexibility to do things on your time.


  • iconMain Street

    You're a member of the main street group. Your entrepreneurial spirit brings people together, providing your customers with a more personalized service.


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    You're a member of the innovation-led group. You make the revolutionary ideas that will break through the ceiling. Let our resources get you there.


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    You're a member of the second stage group. Faster than a speeding bullet, your business is taking off. We have the resources to help your growth and expansion.


  • iconEntrepreneurial Community

    You're a member of the eco-devs group. You're the support system of the economic, small business and community rooted in getting things started. Let's connect.