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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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An Entrepreneur’s Life Journey + Playlist

An Entrepreneur's Life Journey + Playlist

An Entrepreneur’s Life Journey + Playlist
The life journey of an entrepreneur is no joke. Between the highs and lows there are times you think you’re going to lose your mind. If you hang in there, use the Resource Navigator to connect you with a winning team of resources to get you where you need (there’s 240+), and listen to this inspiring playlist we created just for you, you can rock your business out.

Add this to your calendar: 1WeekKC starts Friday, May 20, 2016 and ends Friday, May 27, 2016. Throughout the week we will be celebrating business ownership by connecting entrepreneurs throughout Kansas City with key events each day of the week.

One particularly awesome event that will jazz up your week is the Startup Crawl. Meet with over a hundred of Kansas City’s budding companies via shuttle across the city May 20, 2016. (Think of it as a whistle-stop tour if you will). Registration is required.

Listen along now to our Life of an Entrepreneur playlist on Spotify.

A call to the extraordinary

An entrepreneur’s journey starts with an idea and, at times, a desire for a challenge. Tired of living the corporate (and safe) lifestyle? Have an amazing business idea and want to see it through? Use our handy guide to starting a business over at the Learning Center.

Need to drum up support? Here are a few iconic songs that will get your entrepreneurial blood thumping.

9 to 5 – Dolly Parton
“Workin' 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin'
Barely gettin' by, it's all takin' and no givin'
They just use your mind and they never give you credit
It's enough to drive you crazy if you let it”

Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
“I'm going to Wichita
Far from this opera for evermore
I'm gonna work the straw
Make the sweat drip out of every pore”

Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
“You can go your own way
Go your own way”

Don’t stop (me) now

You may have your serious doubts that you can make it work. Make sure your plan is fine-tuned before you move forward. Read how to plan your business, so you can be prepared for the worst. Don’t let anything hold you back.

Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
“Don't stop me now I'm having such a good time
I'm having a ball”

That’s Life – Frank Sinatra
“I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate,
A poet, a pawn and a king
I've been up and down and over and out
And I know one thing
Each time I find myself flat on my face,
I pick myself up and get back in the race”

Show me the money

Don’t let a cash flow cramp your business style. Between bank loans, angel investors, venture capital and grants, it’s hard to decide which financing is the best way to go for your business. Read through the types of funding available to you or give us a call and talk to a live person at 816.235.6000

Money-The Flying Lizards
“The best things in life are free
But you can give them to the birds and bees
I want money”

Mo Money Mo Problems – The Notorious B.I.G.
“I don't know what, they want from me
It's like the more money we come across
The more problems we see”

Don’t stop believin’

Whether its free marketing courses, networking breakfasts, legal issues, tax planning (the list goes on and on), KCSourceLink has your back. Slide over to our classes and events calendar to see what is going on in your neck of the woods. 

Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
“Don't stop believin'
Hold on to the feelin'”

Lose Yourself – Eminem
“You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime”

What is your favorite anthem that gets your entrepreneurial blood flowing?

For more resources to start or grow your business, check out our Resource Navigator, our interactive database that will connect you to the right resources your challenge, industry and business stage. Looking for more hands-on assistance—a jam session, if you will? Give us a call at 816.235.6500 and we’ll guide you to the right resources for your business.


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