200+ Free #GEWKC Events Are Inspiring Thousands of Entrepreneurs Like You RIGHT NOW

Kansas City’s biggest celebration of entrepreneurship is in full swing, and we’re getting record levels of awesome. If you’re thinking you can’t quantify awesomeness, you’re very wrong, my friend.

Awesome is thousands of people, more than 200 free events, thousands of potential connections that could propel your biz to the next level and 1.5 metric tons of inspiration.

All of this is going down at KC’s 18th and Vine District until the Wrap-up Party Friday, Nov. 22. If you haven’t stopped by GEWKC, get here! What are you waiting for?

Here’s a tiny smidge of what GEWKC is all about: the real-world hard-lived advice, the expert tips on how to elevate your biz, the deep discussions on fighting through setbacks and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs following their passion and rocking it.

Plus, you can’t forget the countless connections and collisions that happen during sessions, in the halls and during networking events: Who knows? The person you meet at GEWKC might change your business forever. And don’t take our word for it: Come meet KC’s entrepreneurs this week at Plexpod Westport Commons and let them tell you all about it. (That is, if you haven’t joined us at GEWKC already.)


Here’s a tiny recap of just a few of the more than 200 events this week.

Right off the bat, the “GEWKC Kickoff Breakfast: What Do Opportunity Zones Mean for Small Businesses and Investors?” showed us how KC and Missouri are working with Hyperloop One to potentially pave the way for the future of transportation in Kansas City and Missouri. (Super cool.) FanThreeSixty showed how it creates strong fan bases, particularly with the red-hot Sporting Kansas City soccer club. (Awesome.) And Tico Productions helped us learn a lot more about the growing demographic businesses should be watching. (Very rad.)


And that was just the first event that kicked the whole week off. Here are just a few more events (of the many, many) that’ve rocked the house so far:

Julie Cortes of the Freelance Exchange dished the dirt about the ins and outs of solopreneurship, including how to set pricing and navigate client contracts. Julie even gave attendees the tools to help them rock their businesses. (Rockin’ in the eship world …) 

Xander Winkel of the Ennovation Center dished the deets about starting up a food business and three entrepreneurs (Brandon Simpson of Jazzy B’s, Israel England of KC Cajun and Tammy Nichols Ogren of Spicy Guys Pretzels) talked about creating and selling their food, running a food truck and transitioning to a brick-and-mortar biz. (Talk about a full plate of great insight.) 

Maker entrepreneurs chatted about what inspired them to start their business and what keeps them going at Startland News’ Innovation Exchange. (Make your hobby your full-time passion.)

At “The Founders Rollercoaster,” five entrepreneurs who’ve worked in everything from consulting to tech shared some tough truths (and some reality checks) about the bumps in the road that entrepreneurs have to navigate. (When I fall down, I get up again …)

Attendees were pumped to learn how to get into the entrepreneurial mindset and start thinking like an entrepreneur (with a lively, fun presentation) thanks to Rebecca Gubbels of the UMKC Small Business and Technology Development Center. (Get perspective on your dreams.)

The Enterprise Center for Johnson County had a few entrepreneurs reveal the best advice they’ve ever received, and that got attendees inspired and ready to network. (Good advice is here.)

The World Trade Center, along with UPS, MarksNelson, Innovating Solutions LLC and the U.S. Commercial Service, revealed how entrepreneurs can really expand their businesses by selling services overseas. (Opportunity isn’t an ocean away.)


Plus, attendees found out how to start a business with no money, how to tell the story of your business on social media and even learned about marketing with some hot dogs on Facebook.

And folks, that’s just a smidge of the slew of amazing events, great advice and inspiring people at Global Entrepreneurship Week – Kansas City. If you haven’t been to one of the free 170+ events, you’re missing out.

Check out the schedule, stop by Plexpod Westport Commons and say hi. We can’t wait to meet you.

And when it’s all said and done, the magic of GEWKC keeps going. Check out our calendar, which features 100+ events each week that can help you start or grow your business or nonprofit.

Have questions about your business? Give us a call at 816-235-6500 or tell us a bit about what you need, and we’ll craft your (free) personal action plan to help your biz reach the next level.

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