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Money Smart Month Events for Kansas City Entrepreneurs

Money Smart Month Events for Kansas City Entrepreneurs
“How do I raise money for my business?”

We get this question all the time from Kansas City entrepreneurs. Our response varies based on the stage of business and what type of funding is appropriate. Sometimes we encourage them to enter our CapitalMatch program. Other times, we recommend great courses offered by our Resource Partners.

Depending on how large you want to grow your business, bringing on investors or taking out a bank loan may be a great idea. But the truth is, 95.6 percent of startups are bank rolled by the entrepreneur themselves or friends and family. Which means that if your finances aren’t in order, your ramp to success is going to be flimsy (at best).

If you know your bank account and wallet need some TLC, you’re in luck—April is Money Smart Month in Kansas City. Organizations across Kansas City, in collaboration with the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, have come together to help consumers (which includes wanna-preneurs and entrepreneurs) better manage their personal finances through workshops, presentations and a comprehensive resource website (which you can access 24/7/365).

There are worthwhile events going on all April long during Money Smart Month. The headline happening is Money Smart Day on Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kansas City Public Library downtown location. Enjoy a day jam-packed with free actionable sessions, from understanding credit to avoiding financial traps.

Here’s a video to get you pumped up to take charge of your finances:

Here are a few other events during Money Smart Month that may be of interest to Kansas City entrepreneurs:

Learning Personal Finance with Lynda.com | April 2, 2 – 4 p.m. at Kansas City Public Library – Central Branch

Understanding Your Credit Score | April 10, 6 – 7 p.m. at Southeast Community Center

Money 101 | April 12, 10 – 11 a.m. at Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Overland Park

Simple Steps to Starting Your Business | April 14, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge Branch, Mid-Continent Public Library

Financial Statement Basics | April 17, 6 – 9 p.m. at Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

Business Basics: Brand Storytelling for Small Businesses and Nonprofits | April 18, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Parkville Branch, Mid-Continent Public Library

IRS Web Conference: “Avoiding the Top Tax Mistakes Small Businesses Make” | April 24, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. on the web

For more resources to help you or yours with personal finances, be sure to check out these resources on the Money Smart Kansas City website:

Learn more about our resource partners helping to organize Money Smart Month:

AltCap
Justine Petersen
Kansas City Public Library
LISC
Women’s Employment Network

For more info on Money Smart Month, follow @MoneySmartKC on Twitter and Facebook.

What else do you need to move your business forward?

If money isn’t what you’re looking for (lucky you!), but you do need support in other areas (like hiring, networking, marketing or sales), send us some info here and we will be in touch ASAP with your customized action plan.


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