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UMKC Innovation Center
UMKC Innovation Center
By Kyle Smith
February 27, 2017

Meet the Bracket: 16 of Kansas City's Microenterprises

KCSourceLink Battle of the Brands 2017

Some entrepreneurs lead epic enterprises, ready conquer the world with a billion dollar idea. Others are more, well, modest, just a few employees, often self-financed with just a few thousand dollars. And then there’s everything in between.

Which is a good thing, because the Kansas City economy is based on many different kinds of businesses—microenterprises and second stage firms, Main Street businesses and innovation-led enterprises—and each play a different role in creating our city’s character and defining our economy.

(Read more about the four types of entrepreneurship from Maria Meyers, our leader and director of the UMKC Innovation Center.)

What Is a Microenterprise?

By actual and approved industry definition, microenterprises are businesses that require less than $35,000 in capitalization to start. These lifestyle businesses are typically sole proprietorships and companies with fewer than five employees.

The “Coaches” of Kansas City Microenterprises

With 240+ Resource Partners in the KCSourceLink network, navigating the wide expanse of business-building resources can be daunting, to be sure. (Unless, of course, you  have a map, or shall we say, a Resource Rail?) Over the past 10 years, we’ve mapped (again, literally) and categorized entrepreneur support organizations across the 18-county Kansas City region. And this is what we’ve found: support organizations cluster, just like the businesses they serve.

Microenterprises often find the help they need to launch and grow through:

  • Small Business Development Centers (SBA)
  • Online library and trainings
  • Workforce Development Offices
  • Some Social Services Agencies
  • Micro-lenders
  • Women’s Business Centers

Our Resource Navigator helps you find, filter and map the right matches for your microenterprise based on your need, your business stage and/or your location.

Meet the Microenterprises in the Battle of the Brands

Here are the contenders—and quick links to learn more about them on their own websites and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter:

Facebook: @thefunnelcaketruck
Twitter: @funnelcaketruck
Instagram: @thefunnelcaketruck

Beer Paws
Facebook: @beerpaws
Twitter: @beerpaws
Instagram: @beerpaws

Spicy Guys Pretzels
Facebook: @spicyguypretzels
Twitter: @spicyguyspretz
Instagram: @spicy_guys_pretzels

K.C. Beard Balms
Facebook: @kcbeardbalms
Twitter: @kcbeardbalms
Instagram: @kcbeardbalms

Faces You Love Photography
Facebook: @facesyoulove
Twitter: @facesyoulove
Instagram: @facesyoulove

Mean Vegan Products
Facebook: @meanveganproducts
Twitter: @meanvegankc
Instagram: @mean_vegan_products

Abundant Moments Photography
Facebook: @abundantmoments
Twitter: @abundantmoments
Instagram: @abundantmoments

Aunt Christy's Country Kitchen
Facebook: @auntchristyscountrykitchen
Twitter: @aunt_christys
Instagram: @auntchristyscountrykitchen

KC Classic Gourmet Foods
Facebook: @kcclassicgourmetfoods

KidZone Kansas City
Facebook: @kidzonekansascity
Twitter: @kidzonekansas
Instagram: @kidzonekansascity

Remnants by RJ
Facebook: @remnantsrj
Twitter: @remnantsbyrj
Instagram: @remnantsbyrj

Bottlegreen Design
Twitter: @bottlegreendsgn
Instagram: @bottlegreen

The Giving Theorem
Facebook: @thegivingtheorem
Twitter: @givingtheorem
Instagram: @thegivingtheorem

The Record Machine
Facebook: @therecordmachine
Twitter: @lerecordmachine
Instagram: @therecordmachine

On the Set Styling
Facebook: @onthesetstyling
Twitter: @onthesetstyling
Instagram: @onthesetstyling

Monarch Glass Studio
Instagram: @coach_kimball

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