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Northland 1MC
By Kate Hodel
May 14, 2014

1 Million Cups Video Feed Draws Crowd to NKC

This post was provided by Dale Garrison.  Dale Garrison Editorial Services has provided a wide range of communications for businesses and organizations since 1991.

More than 70 people turned out Wednesday morning for the first North Kansas City live stream of the 1 Million Cups program.

The popular, Kauffman Foundation program has drawn thousands to the Kauffman Center near the Plaza and at live stream locations nationally. The NKC event was designed to provide a more convenient location for Clay and Platte county residents. Sponsors included the Clay County Economic Development Council, the North Kansas City Business Council and First Missouri Bank.

Northland 1MCThe result was a large crowd that ranged from veteran business owners to high school students in the Northland CAPS program. Among those attending was Eric Massey of the Logistics Store, a national supply chain management solutions company located in Liberty. “This is the type of program that can bring the resources together to help more companies get started,” he said. “It’s a great idea. I’m glad the Business Council and the Clay EDC are bringing it to the Northland.”

Jerry Nolte, co-chairman of the EDC Strategic Planning Initiative, was also pleased with the program’s reception by small business owners and developers. “This is a great way to promote a culture of entrepreneurship in Clay County, which will help create jobs and economic opportunity,” he said. “The Million Cups live-stream is one of several actions we are taking to create an environment that makes it easier for businesses get started and succeed, bringing more jobs and opportunities to Clay County.”

The crowd also included Deena James, of Krueger and James Insurance, North Kansas City, and a member of the Business Council. “This is a great chance to gain some insight into entrepreneurial efforts,” she said. “It’s something I can use in my business and with the Business Council.”

The weekly events will continue each Wednesday beginning at 8:30 a.m. (broadcasts start at 9 a.m.) in the Armour Loft event space upstairs from the Screenland Armour Theater, 406 Armour Rd., North Kansas City. Armour Loft features high-tech audio-visual equipment and with partner LinkCity, the streaming quality was excellent.

Somewhat like television’s Shark Tank, the 1MC program offers local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs. They make a six-minute presentation then have 20 minutes of feedback. Audience members learn from the presentations and questions. More information on 1MC is available at

For additional information on the North Kansas City location, contact Rich Groves at 816-472-7700 or e-mail:

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