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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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Your Turn: Help Elementary School Students Become Entrepreneurs


Teaching kids how to think like entrepreneurs will be a key skill in our ever-changing world. One Kansas City program, Your Piece of the Pie: Today's Youth, Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs (YPOP), has been helping school-age children get started. 

YPOP aims to give the next generation a place in the Kansas City startup community by connecting them to its underlying principles through key concepts, videos, an interactive four-lesson series and community volunteers. The students get an introduction to the business behind a business, so that as they grow, our community of entrepreneurs grows and the economic vitality and vibrancy of our metro continues to flourish.

In 2015, the program was launched in fifth grade classrooms in Kansas City's low- to moderate-income school districts. Your Piece of the Pie has reached over 1,500 students in the Kansas City metro area since it was launched and is available to all upper elementary classrooms across the metro each fall and spring. 

How can you involve your young entrepreneurs?

Glad you asked. Program organizers are now accepting registrations for fourth through sixth grade classrooms and volunteers for the fall 2018 program.

But first, a little background

In 2015, a group of federal, state and local organizations came together to introduce entrepreneurship to fifth grade students in some of Kansas City’s low- to moderate-income school districts. An interactive four-part series was designed using teaching principles from the Federal Reserve Bank’s Teach Children to Save program and UMKC’s Office of Financial Literacy programs.

The series uses the book Sweet Potato Pie by Kathleen D. Lindsey and Charlotte Riley-Webb as well as videos that feature local businesses and highlight key entrepreneurial terms while sharing the business owner’s story.

A crowd pleaser features a young entrepreneur the students' age, Myles Benefield, who sells organic lemonade. Myles advises students “to persevere and be coachable”—great advice for any entrepreneur, regardless of age.

Sign up your classroom

Sign up to be a participating classroom for fall 2018! Then, join us for appetizers and a program introduction to Your Piece of the Pie at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. All necessary materials will be provided and this will also be an opportunity for participating teachers and volunteers to connect. Register to guarantee your materials.



  • Teachers receive a ready-to-implement four-part series, including books, videos and necessary paperwork
  • Teachers must coordinate and communicate with community volunteer and program organizers
  • Students learn skills that can be utilized across all disciplines and platforms
  • Volunteers will help by reading a story and leading a discussion
  • Students are able to work with a community volunteer to implement real-world learning principles
  • During a culminating activity volunteers will review student business plans and offer positive and constructive feedback


Or volunteer to help kids get their Piece of the Pie

Sign up to be a volunteer for fall 2018! Then, join us for appetizers and a program introduction to Your Piece of the Pie at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City on October 1 or 3, at 4:30 p.m. (register now). All necessary materials will be provided and this will also be an opportunity for participating teachers and volunteers to connect.



  • Bank volunteers working in LMI school districts receive CRA credits
  • Influence tomorrow’s leaders
  • Materials will need to be picked up before classroom visits
  • Practice your presentation and communication skills with a new audience
  • Must commit to two visits to the classroom (to be coordinated with classroom teacher)


Your Piece of the Pie was created and continues to be supported through the FDIC, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, KCSourceLink, Mid-Continent Public Library and UMKC Office of Financial Literacy.

Are you looking for an opportunity but, Your Piece of the Pie isn't a good fit. Check out Teach Children to Save! Teach Children to Save shares the importance of saving and money management skills with K – 3rd grade students using children’s stories and activities. The program includes a 45-minute, literature-based lesson with hands-on activities and takeaways for each student. The lessons emphasize the concepts of decision-making, establishing savings goals, money recognition and math.  Register your K, 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade class or volunteer for this program here

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