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Global Entrepreneurship Week Kansas City

Not sure which Global Entrepreneurship Week Events to Check Out? Start Here

Global Entrepreneurship Week Kansas City

With more than 150 events, this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEWKC) calendar can be a bit overwhelming. Fret not! That’s precisely why they’re broken into four tracks:

Makers and creators: For anyone who makes or creates: brewers, distillers, bakers, inventors and crafters.

Youth entrepreneurship: For KC’s nextgen innovators, inventors and disrupters.

Business Growth: For those who survived the startup phase and are ready for what’s next. Sponsored by CommunityAmerica Credit Union

Business Services: For those looking for specialized services to advance their business. Sponsored by Country Financial

Here’s a taste of each track and an intro to our wonderful sponsors, including why they’re excited for GEWKC:

Makers and creators

The Business of Food Trucks
Monday, November 13
12 – 1:30 p.m.

Host: Brandon Simpson, founder of Jazzy B’s BBQ

Learn the state of food trucks in KC, the rules and regulations and how to start. Hear about Jazzy B’s six years’ experience as a food truck entrepreneur.

Business Model Canvas
Tuesday, November 14
10 – 11:30 a.m.


Join us for this workshop and understand how best to use your business model canvas to create products or service that deliver value.

Accessing University Innovations for Successful Commercialization
Thursday, November 16
10 – 11:30 a.m.

Host: Whiteboard2Boardroom

Learn all about Whiteboard2Boardroom: accessing tech opportunities available for licensing and how to evaluate innovations for commercialization.

>>>>>Check out all of the makers and creators events at GEWKC.

Youth entrepreneurship

F.R.O.G. Academy: The Accountant’s Closet Workshop for Young Entrepreneurs
Monday, November 13
2 – 3:30 p.m.

Host: Eighty Ten Ten Consulting

Young thinkers will solve a scenario-based financial crisis using strategies from the Accountant’s Closet to run a 21st-century business.

Train Up a Child: Stepping Stones of a Youth Entrepreneur
Thursday, November 16
6 – 7:30 p.m.

Host: Royale Boy Blue

Young entrepreneurs of color and their parents showcase real life examples of youth entrepreneurship—what it takes and how to succeed.

Career Accelerator
Friday, November 17
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Host: UMKC Enactus  

Speed networking for students, startups and influencers to connect—whether it be for potential employment or connections for the future.

>>>>>Check out all of the youth entrepreneurship events at GEWKC.

Business Growth

Sponsored by CommunityAmerica Credit Union

Hype vs. Reality: Female Entrepreneurship
Monday, November 13
2 – 3:30 p.m.

Host: ZIV

Join panelists as they discuss the realities of being a woman in entrepreneurship. From starting up to cultivating growth, these female bosses have knowledge on how to succeed and how to work through the toughest challenges.

Business-Body Connection
Wednesday, November 15
8 – 9:30 a.m.

Host: EverFit

Discover the benefits of healthy living—staying fit is a key to your success. We will discuss the benefits of working out, then get active.  

Measuring Success of Your WordPress Website with Google Analytics
Friday, November 17
6 – 7:30 p.m.

Host: WordPress KC

Consider the digital marketing metrics you should measure, how to measure them and how to use Google Analytics data to improve your website.

Meet the business growth sponsor:

Supporting Kansas City’s entrepreneurial community is in our DNA at CommunityAmerica Credit Union. Our team of commercial banking experts work closely with business owners every day to transform their passions into marked success. We believe in the spirit of innovation, and use our own in-house lab to churn out fresh banking solutions every day. CommunityAmerica is proud to support Global Entrepreneurship Week, and excited to be a part of what’s next in Kansas City.

>>>>>Check out all of the business growth events at GEWKC.

Business Services

Sponsored by Country Financial  

Stupid Question Safe Space
Monday – Friday
2 – 4 p.m.

Host: Square One Small Business Services by Mid-Continent Public Library

You will be exposed to a ton of new terms and concepts during GEW. Drop by with any questions you don’t feel comfortable asking in a group environment.  

Eat That Frog! By Brian Tracy (21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time)
Tuesday, November 14
10 – 11:30 a.m.

Host: P/Strada, LLC

Options abound, so does procrastination. People cannot do all they need or want to do. Productive people prioritize the most important things.

Entrepreneurs’ Accounting Workshop
Thursday, November 16
12  – 4 p.m.

Host: Fortiviti

Are you ready to better manage your business using your numbers? Join Fortiviti for an afternoon of small business accounting and finance.

Meet the business services sponsor:

As a small business owner, you’re passionate about what you do – just like us. At COUNTRY Financial, we understand every organization is unique. That’s why we help you take simple steps today with personalized insurance and financial services that can have a big impact on your business’s future. From wineries and florists, to coffee shops and contractors, we currently help over 45,000 small business owners protect what they work so hard for. When you’re ready to start, we’re ready to help. Learn more at

>>>>>Check out all of the business services events at GEWKC.

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