You Are One Degree from Help
Six degrees of Kevin Bacon?
But that’s soooooo far.
In Kansas City, we celebrate one degree of separation, and just one degree of entrepreneurship.
Dawn Taylor, of Red Dirt Shop, says it better than I ever could:
“More surprising (and awesome) is the willingness of other local entrepreneurs, including startup owners, to share resources, learning experiences, and those all-important contacts. Danny O’Neill of The Roasterie has said that he contacted more than 100 people while he was formulating his coffee business, and that every single one of those 100 people gave him 20 minutes or more to brainstorm or lend advice.
“THAT is Kansas City.”
And her punchline: “If you are a startup in KC, and you aren’t finding what you need to get your idea off the ground, then you aren’t looking very far or talking to enough people.”
And Dawn would get plenty of dittos.
Jon Cook of VML has a reputation for mixing and mingling with students. Cliff Illig inspired Betsy Johnson of SwimZip before she ever approached ABC’s Shark Tank. Then there’s the stories about Ewing Kauffman, Henry Bloch, the list goes on and on.
The point: there’s story after story of entrepreneurs getting sage advice, scoring a lunch or coffee, accessing the rolodex of Kansas City’s seasoned entrepreneurs. It’s a bit of a thing here actually, this willingness to help, to lend an ear. This one degree of entrepreneurship.
So where can you start to make those connections?
Well, hello there.
KCSourceLink has been helping entrepreneurs and business owners connect to the right resources at the right time for more than 10 years.
Find the right business-building resource, right now. Give us some hints about the help you need in The Resource Navigator or give us a call at 816.235.6500 or get inspired by our Entrepreneurs in Action or met up close and personal with the movers and shakers by attending any number of our region’s stellar events. (Yes, we have the most comprehensive calendar in town with classes and events for every type of entrepreneur.)
(And over on the blog, Alana Muller can tell you how to network like you really, really mean it.)
Don’t be shy. Get out there, ask for the meeting. You may be surprised at the people you meet and the places they’ll help you grow.