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Test your  business in Downtown KCK
By Sarah Mote
March 09, 2015

Calling All Entrepreneurs: Pop-Up Business Space Now Available in Downtown KCK

#DowntownKCK is open for business. Are you?

Downtown Kansas City, Kan., has long been open for business—and now, with the creation of a new program, Pop-Up! Downtown KCK, the business community is poised to grow even more vibrant.

Test Your Business in Downtown KCK

Pop-Up! Downtown KCK pairs property owners with business owners/entrepreneurs to provide a space where you can test your business or retail concept during a short-term timeframe.

The brainchild of Downtown Shareholders, a KCK-based nonprofit focused on downtown revitalization, Pop-Up! Downtown KCK aims to create a thriving downtown that serves as a destination for Wyandotte County and greater Kansas City. In 2015, Downtown Shareholders hopes to successfully launch at least three pop-up businesses in high visibility locations throughout downtown KCK.

Thanks to financial support from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), property will be made available to tenants for lease at free or below-market rates for terms ranging from one to four months. Opportunities are available for retail and business concepts, all of which will add to downtown KCK’s growing business community that’s strategically located not only in a diverse, culturally vibrant and economically stable urban corridor, but also in the heart of the greater Kansas City metro area.

Submit Your Pop-Up Idea by March 30

RFPs are now available for both property owners and prospective tenants on the Downtown Shareholders website. Responses are due by 5 p.m. on March 30, 2015.

Learn More about Pop-Up! Downtown KCK on March 13

For business owners and entrepreneurs who are interested in the program but would like more details, Downtown Shareholders is hosting an informative lunch, “So You Want to Start A Pop-Up Business?” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, March 13, at the Reardon Center (520 Minnesota Ave., KCK).

Downtown Shareholders will welcome a panel that includes Amanda Graor, pop-up entrepreneur; Sarah Antrobus, financial center manager/vice president, UMB; and Daniel Serda, PhD, economic development coordinator, Downtown Shareholders; to discuss how to start a pop-up business, what sort of impact they can have on a community and the specifics of the Downtown Shareholders program.

Our own Jenny Nepper, network navigator, KCSourceLink, will kick off the lunch with information about KCSourceLink and entrepreneurial resources. Admission is $20 and includes a meal.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 11, to


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