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Jeremy Hegle, NextGen Leader
By Sarah Mote
June 24, 2014

Shameless Boasting: Jeremy Hegle Is Awesome

Jeremy Hegle, EccoWell Conference in Cork, IrelandWe’re a little spoiled around here at KCSourceLink, and I say this with just a wee bit of bias (and, granted, a lot of horn tooting).

We have a small but fiercely passionate team that is wholly dedicated to helping entrepreneurs do more and do better. Our team connects virtually every entrepreneurial resource in Kansas City to help entrepreneurs and small business owners find relevant resources faster. And then we help other cities and regions create develop, integrate and accelerate their own entrepreneurial ecosystems through U.S.SourceLink.

It’s a might fine job, fueled by might fine people, a secret that we thought we kept pretty well guarded.

Oh, well.

Jeremy Hegle named a NextGen Leader

Last week, our own Jeremy Hegle was named among an impressive group of NextGen Leaders by the Kansas City Business Journal, a list that includes two other folks in our entrepreneurial resource network: Sheri Gormley, assistant dean of strategy and planning, University of Missouri-Kansas City Henry W. Bloch School of Management and Blake Miller, partner and director of accelerator, Think Big Partners. (See the full list of NextGen Leaders here.)

NextGen Leaders is designed to celebrate the accomplishments of the honorees as well as to give them exposure to the present generation of area leaders and help them build connections with each other and with future NextGen classes.

“Jeremy has been helping to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kansas City since 2003 when he helped build KCSourceLink,” says Maria Meyers, director of UMKC Innovation Center and founder of KCSourceLink and U.S.SourceLink. “Since then he has supported more than 20 other regions in reaching their goals in building better economies by building better entrepreneurs. He has truly distinguished himself as a leader in KC and beyond.”

That well-deserved recognition comes on the heels of a few others for our team.

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