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Whiteboard2Boardroom connects entrepreneurs and businesses to technologies available for licensing.

Digital Sandbox KC provides early-stage proof-of-concept support for digital products.

Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center provides technical assistance to startup and existing businesses.

ScaleUP! Kansas City helps businesses with revenues around $200K scale toward their first $1 million.

Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers helps local businesses obtain government contracts.

KCInvestED helps investors learn more about investing in KC startups.

SourceLink® helps communities nationwide build vibrant and vital entrepreneurial ecosystems.
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Find a mentor

Power of Two: A New One-to-One Mentoring Program

Power of Two: Ignite your business

The attention, guidance and wisdom of a mentor is a powerful, awesome thing that can truly ignite your business. Mentors can bring a level of savvy and experience to your business, teaching you things and guiding you through challenges that it would take plenty years, tears and heartache to learn on your own.

Mentors can help you think through a business idea, suggest ideas for startup capital, lend insight into your market or operations and give you the heads-up when trouble is headed your way. The right mentor relationship can go a long way to saving—and even making—you money.

So how does one go about finding this spark for your business?

Power of Two, a new program from the Enterprise Center of Johnson County, is one of those opportunities.

Power of Two is a one-to-one mentoring program that helps emerging businesses break through to high growth. With validated market traction and under $1 million, owners are paired with successful veteran entrepreneurs. Power of Two’s goal is to help each company break through their unique walls and achieve tangible, revenue growth.

When does it start?

Power of Two is now accepting applications from mentors and mentees. The first class will start in April.

Who qualifies?

Mentor Criteria

Experience: Industry / Transferable Skills / Interests

Training: 4 Two Hour Sessions / 2 Months

Mentee: 3 Hours / Month

Communicate: With Mentee Weekly

Report: Feedback Monthly

 

Mentee Criteria

Growth: Scalable

Revenues: Under $1M Gross Annual

Fees: Application - $150 / Annual Dues - $1200 (non-refundable)

Character: Coachable and Highly Ethical

Time: Min 2.66 Hours / Week

Programs: Attend 80%

Report: Revenues / Feedback / Monthly

Present: Goals and Updates Month 3, 6, 12 and 21

How can I find out more?

Visit the Power of Two website—or better yet, attend their information session on Feb. 11.

Other Mentoring Opportunities in Kansas City

Business Roundtables from UMKC SBTDC

Need help conquering the challenges of operating and growing your business?   Business Roundtables, facilitated by SBTDC counselors, give you the opportunity to learn and share experiences with your peers.

Entrepreneurship Scholars (E-Scholars) Program, Bloch School at UMKC

The Entrepreneurship Scholars Program is a community-wide program designed to prepare brilliant and promising entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge needed to launch world-class ventures upon graduation.

Freelance Exchange of Kansas City

At The Freelance Exchange, independent consultants of all flavors find a network of support, a friendly atmosphere, and a place to exchange ideas with those who are self-employed in the advertising and marketing industry.

Herman A. Johnson Business Mentorship, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

The HAJ mentorship creates and promotes economic independence and wealth among minority and women-owned businesses by connecting them to business consultants from mature local businesses in a three-year mentorship relationship.

InterUrban ArtHouse

InterUrban ArtHouse is creating a regional hub where artists can work and prosper in an affordable, sustainable and inclusive environment to drive innovation, economic vibrancy and community culture.

Kauffman Founders School

Looking for mentoring advice anytime, anywhere? Kauffman Founders School is an online educational resource dedicated to entrepreneurship. Through lectures and a rich curriculum, KFS gives you the skills and tools to build your idea into something big.

PIPELINE

PIPELINE is a regional technology entrepreneur fellowship program, designed to systematically identify high potential technology entrepreneurs and match them with best-in-class training, resources and mentors to facilitate their dynamic growth.

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).

Women’s Business Center

The Women’s Business Center provides programs for aspiring and accomplished women entrepreneurs from educational opportunities to peer-to peer mentoring round tables.

What are you looking for in a mentor matchup? Or if you’ve had a mentor, how did they change your business?

 

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