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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.

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How to Connect with Resources in Kansas City to Grow Your Business

How to Connect with Resources in Kansas City to Grow Your Business

How to Connect with Resources in Kansas City to Grow Your Business

KCSourceLink’s Resource Navigators are hard at work helping entrepreneurs start and grow businesses in Kansas City and connecting people to KC’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Leslie and Kaitlyn (see their smiling faces, above) answer our phones (yep, real people ready to help you with your real challenges) and press the flesh, helping introduce small business owners to the no- and low-cost resources that can help them with business plans, marketing strategies, funding opportunities and more.

Before we go on >>>> Need help thinking through your idea or starting a business? Give us a call or drop us an email, and we’ll help you find just the right business resource to overcome your next business challenge. Digits are 816-235-6500.

Back to the action, here’s how Resource Navigator Kaitlyn helped Jean Flowers develop her business, S.I.S.T.A.S.

S.I.S.T.A.S. or “Single Individuals Striving Towards Achieving Success” began as a single mothers support group in 2000. Jean’s mission is to be an advocate and a mentor for women when they need it most.

In 2013, Jean put her business on the back burner for a while. When she decided to get it back up and running, she reached out to KCSourceLink. Kaitlyn guided her through the next steps and introduced her to some helpful resources who could help her achieve her mission—including the Women’s Business Center for guidance on her business plan, SCORE for mentorship and additional information on starting a nonprofit in our Learning Center.  

Jean said these resources helped her to build her self-esteem and gave her the strength to hold on to her dream of becoming a successful business woman. Her next step for S.I.S.T.A.S. is to expand her mentorship program for teen girls. Someday, she would like to build a more in-depth transitional housing program, unlike anything she sees on the market today.

Join Kaitlyn at these business events across Kansas City

Know Your ASK: Raising Capital Thursday, June 15, 5 p.m. in Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Join the Market Center of Ideas to hear from area experts on how you can raise money, better.

We're Talkin' Tuesday Tuesday, June 20, 8 a.m. in Mission, Kansas
Meet many wonderful business owners with the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce

Northland Coffee Connect Wednesday, June 28, 7:45 a.m. in North Kansas, Missouri
A great networking event featuring presentations from local entrepreneurs.

A little extra: The City of Kansas City, Missouri, hosts “How to Do Business with the City” workshops every month for contractors looking to bid for city jobs. What a lucrative opportunity. The next “How to Do Business with the City” workshop is on Tuesday, June 20.

Do you need resources to start or grow your Kansas City business?

Kaitlyn and the team are more than happy to help. Send us some info here and we will be in touch ASAP with your customized action plan.

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