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Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers helps local businesses obtain government contracts.

KCInvestED helps investors learn more about investing in KC startups.

SourceLink® helps communities nationwide build vibrant and vital entrepreneurial ecosystems.
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10 Reasons You Should Attend Global Entrepreneurship Week - Kansas City 2021

Wondering what you can get out of Global Entrepreneurship Week - Kansas City? Glad you asked: We’ve got 10 reasons that'll show you all the awesomeness you can squeeze out of a single week to help your business with exactly what you need, right now. Start something new, pivot for success and equip your business with what it needs for the future.

(Wondering what GEWKC is, what’s in store this year and why the week’s events from Nov. 8-14 are more important than ever for helping your business? We'll explain over at this link about how you can attend some amazing sessions to help you with every facet of your business for the low, low price of $0.)

1. Start, recover and build resiliency

It's been a tough year, but for GEWKC 2021, we’ve sourced events from the community to help you start, recover and build resiliency for the future. Local entrepreneurs, small businesses and organizations crafted this year’s events specifically for you and your needs as an entrepreneur.

2. Learn new skills to succeed

No matter if you’re pitching, preparing or strengthening your business plan, there’s a GEWKC session that can help your business when you need it most. The dozens of in-person and virtual events will teach you useful stuff, like marketing and sales; hiring; the legal and accounting aspects of starting a business; selling a food product in stores; developing a business model canvas; intellectual property basics; and A LOT more great tips and insights from business experts. Check out the entire GEWKC agenda here.

3. Network with like-minded entrepreneurs and business pros

The awesome people you’ll meet at GEWKC can help you start and scale your venture. GEWKC draws people from around the metro and beyond. It’s a great opportunity to connect with other entrepreneurs and business experts whom you otherwise might not meet. And with this year's virtual and in-person events, there are plenty of great opportunities to expand your network. Start the week off with networking at a GEWKC Coffee Kickoff near you at Kinship Coffee, Anchor Island Coffee, Café Corazón or Headrush Roasters Coffee and Tea.

4. Make connections that last

People you meet at GEWKC might be key connections who can help you with your entrepreneurial journey—they might impart a key piece of advice, become a vital business mentor or customer, or be the spark for that vital connection that’ll help you start or grow your venture. Connecting with them starts with building your agenda at

5. Help your fellow entrepreneurs

Friends don’t let friends attend GEWKC alone. Build your network and build your community by inviting your friends, neighbors, business mentors, colleagues … whomever those key supporters are in your entrepreneurial journey—because everyone knows at least one person someone else should meet, and right now, we all need to elevate one another. Entrepreneurship isn’t a solitary journey; let’s help as many entrepreneurs and small businesses as we can.

6. Learn about Kansas City’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

Did you know that Kansas City has more than 240 resources that can help you start or grow your business? GEWKC can be a great introduction to that network and to all the amazing entrepreneurs who are the backbone and lifeblood of our communities. Want to meet them? Build that agenda now.

7. Encourage economic development and stability

Kansas City startups create an average of 15,193 jobs each year. Learn how you can be part of or support that movement that’s now even more vital to fueling our local economy and creating jobs.

8. Bolster KC’s thriving entrepreneur community

Get involved with #GEWKC: Support #startupkc culture and help solidify that strong network of entrepreneurs and resources in the city.

9. Join something bigger than yourself

When you attend Global Entrepreneurship Week - Kansas City, you’re joining in a movement that’s not only local but also statewide as well as a global network of millions of people in 180 different countries around the world.

10. Raise awareness about Kansas City entrepreneurship.

Help those you know in Kansas City realize the huge role startups and small businesses play in strengthening the local economy.

BONUS: Oh, and it’s gonna be fun!

So build your schedule, and put #GEWKC 2021 (Nov. 8-14) on your calendar!

Need business help now? Call KCSourceLink today at 816-235-6500, or tell us a bit about yourself here, and we’ll craft your Personal Action Plan (it’s always free) that will map the helpful resources and experts in KC that can help you take that next (or first) step on your entrepreneurial journey.

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