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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.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week Kansas City: Starting a Business and Much More

Global Entrepreneurship Week Kansas City

We love Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) here in Kansas City. In fact, we love this week so much that we bust out the ordinary week into a full 13 days of inspiration, connections, celebrations and education.

Quick backstory: #GEW started in KC nine years ago and now spans the globe, with nearly 20,000 partner organizations planning more than 35,000 activities that directly engage more than 10 million people. KC hosts one of the biggest celebrations. Now you know.

Starting a business can be a dramatic endeavor: Our hero, the entrepreneur, takes a huge risk in order to solve an even bigger problem. Her journey is met with many challenges, including navigating the dark forest of potential customers and convincing the investor wizard to give her the backing she needs to succeed.

If you think that sounds like a great movie, or just love popcorn, head to the Generation Startup documentary on Wednesday, November 16, 5:30 p.m. at the Alamo Draft House.

And if the movie gets you pumped and ready to start your own business, be sure to make the most of everything Global Entrepreneurship Week Kansas City has to offer. Go to now to build your own #GEWKC calendar and check out these events you don’t want to miss:       

If you want to meet some folk . . .

GEWKC is rather famous for its networking opportunities. Click “Networking” on the GEWKC calendar and be sure to put these events on your radar:

On Nov. 14 - Coffee Kickoffs: Across Kansas City
On Nov. 15 - Inventors Center of Kansas City Monthly Meet-Up: Union Station
On Nov. 17 - KCedu and Lean Lab Meetup: EduHub

If you want to get inspired . . .

Hear inspiring stories from KC entrepreneurs all week. Just hit the filter for “Panels & Talks” on the GEWKC calendar and check out these awesome events:

On Nov. 15 - Breakfast for Champions: The Stanley Event Space
On Nov. 15 - Growth through Entrepreneurship Panel: Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
On Nov. 15 - EnCorps45 Espirit Event: McFadden’s

If you want to get your learn on. . .

Throughout GEW, KC entrepreneurs and organizations share lessons on cash flow, market research, budgeting, certification and government contracts and more. Here’s a small sampling of events to move your business forward:

On Nov. 12 - Simple Steps to Starting Your Business: Start Up Basics: UMKC Innovation Center
On Nov. 14 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship: InterUrban ArtHouse
On Nov. 15 - Lunch N Learn: Budgeting & Forecasting For Your Small Business: Plexpod Coworking Space

If you want to win sweet prizes . . .

Enter to win one of six remaining #ShopLocalKC gift baskets when you take the #GEWKCgo challenge. Each basket features $100 worth of KC-made goods.  How do you win? Check out the challenges (here or via KCSourceLink’s tweets), post the pic and hashtag it with #GEWKCgo and #GEWKC.

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We are always ready to hook you up with the free or low-cost resources you need to start or grow your business. Send us a little info here and we will be in touch ASAP with your personalized action plan.


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