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BIG Events at Global Entrepreneurship Week - KC to Help You Start, Grow


The KCSourceLink calendar 
is chock-full of classes and events you can attend to learn how to start, grow and scale your business. Chanté Keller, Network Navigator extraordinaire, is here with a few of the highlights. Grab your calendar, and let's get to work.

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Keynotes

Opening Keynote: What Hollywood Can Teach Any Business about Pivoting

1 - 1:30 p.m. Tues., Nov. 17

Kansas City Film Commissioner Stephane Scupham and award-winning film critic and entrepreneur Shawn Edwards discuss what your business can learn from the impact of the global pandemic on the entertainment industry, tips to keep your business relevant and the region's most successful types of pivots.

Keynote: Attention Is the New Currency

11 - 11:30 a.m. Wed., Nov. 18

Join Aaron Fulk of Lillian James Creative and discover how to effectively get your customers’ (and potential customers’) attention online to grow your business and revenue.

Closing Keynote: No More Excuses. Own Your Results!

Noon - 12:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 19

This session with author, coach, entrepreneur and professional speaker Marquita Miller will show you how to eliminate your excuses and tear down your barriers so you can take ownership of the insight you’ve gained at GEWKC and help you take immediate action for your success.

 

Marketing Breakout Sessions

3 - 3:30 p.m. Tues., Nov. 17

5 Tips You’ll Want to Steal to Build Your Customer Persona

In this workshop led by No-Where Consultants, uncover the right way to know your customer and understand your audience, and walk away with next steps.

Build Your Brand from the Heart and the Head: Brand Identity Brainstorming

Learn how to develop a brand identity for your business that reflects your values and resonates with your target customer with SCORE – Kansas City.

Marketing and Social Media in 2020 for Founders

Any founder can master social media and leverage it for your business in 2020 and beyond. Join The Market Base for this session.

Funding and Financing Breakout Sessions

10 - 10:30 a.m. Wed., Nov. 18

Cash Is More Than a Static Number

Change Collaborate will show you how cash forecasts can help you predict ebbs and flows so you can make better business decisions.

Financial Literacy

The Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City will help you uncover what capital and resources you need for successful loan approval.

How to Access Alternative Financing

AltCap will show you how alternative financing can help you start and grow your small business.

“Day in the Life” Breakout Sessions

9 - 9:45 a.m. Thurs., Nov. 19

A Day in the Life of a Food Business

Hear from food entrepreneurs, The Ennovation Center and Food Ed from Mid-Continent Public Library about what it takes to run a food business.

A Day in the Life of a KC Hispanic Business Owner

Hear from three local entrepreneurs in Spanish about their experiences starting and growing a business as entrepreneurs in the KC region.

Crafting My Own Life Narrative

Hear from entrepreneur teens as they share their experiences, discuss the barrier for opportunities in the entrepreneurship ecosystem and reflect on why entrepreneurship is needed.

Want more? Explore the entire GEWKC agenda of events here.

KCSourceLink helps aspiring startups and established small businesses find the right business resources to start, scale or accelerate. Give us a call (816-235-6500) or tell us who you are, and we’ll help you find your path to business success.

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