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KCSourceLink connects KC entrepreneurs to the right resource at the right time.

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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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Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

KC Entrepreneurs Bring Home the Honors from EY's Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Three Kansas City entrepreneurs were honored among seven winners of Ernst & Young's Central Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year.

  • Jody Brazil, CEO, FireMon LLC (Overland Park, KS)
  • Matthew Perry, President, GENESYS Systems Integrator (Kansas City, MO)
  • Bill Zahner, President and CEO, A Zahner Company (Kansas City, MO)
Entrepreneur of The Year is one of the most prestigious business awards for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

This group of leading entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of ​the Year Overall National Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 14, 2015.  The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco, June 2016.

Other winners included David David Bailey, Owner, Baileys’ Restaurants (St. Louis, MO), Gabe Douek, CEO, Gateway Media LLC (Clayton, MO), Bob Hummert, CEO, Grimco, Inc. (Fenton, MO) and Rusty Keeley, CEO, The Keeley Companies (St. Louis, MO).

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