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Build a Network, Connect with Fellow Entrepreneurs at 50+ Reoccurring KC Events


As more gatherings are starting to happen in person, entrepreneurs have an exciting array of opportunities to take advantage of. Many organizations that support founders and small businesses have regular gatherings to help you connect and learn.

Whether you’re looking to meet others in your industry, network with your neighbors or find social support, there’s a regularly scheduled coffee, luncheon or gathering for you. Let this list of events inform your schedule and empower you and your venture.

1 Million Cups Kansas City

When and where: Every Wednesday, 9 a.m., online and Plexpod Westport Commons, Kansas City, Missouri

Cost: Free

Details: Local entrepreneurs give short presentations about their startups to potential partners, mentors and investors. Then, there’s a discussion with feedback and questions.

Belton Chamber of Commerce

General Membership Luncheon Meeting

Where and when: Second Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., location varies

Cost: $15 per person

Morning networking

When and where: First Friday, 7 - 9:30 a.m., location varies

Cost: Free

BioKansas

Coffee Hour

When and where: Second Tuesday, 8 - 9 a.m., online

The Black MasterMind Group

Ask an Expert

When and where: Third Thursday, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m., online

Details: Members only

Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce

Monthly Luncheon

When and where: Third Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Adams Pointe Conference Center, Blue Springs, Missouri

Cost: $28 for nonmembers

Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Area Chamber of Commerce

Monthly Chamber Luncheon

When and where: First Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., location varies

Cost: $25 for future members, $15 for members

Excelsior Springs Area Chamber of Commerce

Meet&Eat

When and where: First Friday, lunch, location varies. A casual, no format lunch encourages member to gather at a different restaurant each month.

Monthly Luncheon

When and where: Third Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Montgomery Event Venue, Excelsior Springs, Missouri

Cost: Free for members

Gardner Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Coffees

When and where: First and third Wednesday, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., location varies

Grandview Chamber of Commerce

Monthly Luncheon

When and where: Fourth Tuesday, noon - 1:30 p.m., location varies

Cost: $22 unless otherwise noted

Morning Connections

When and where: Second Wednesday, 8 - 9 a.m., location varies

Details: This no-cost gathering includes networking, a short program and a continental breakfast provided by the host business.

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

Neighborhood Networking

When and where: Every other Friday, 8:30 -10 a.m., location varies

Cost: Free for members, $15 for nonmembers

Harrisonville Area Chamber of Commerce

First Friday Coffee

When and where: First Friday, 7:30 - 9 a.m., location varies

Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce

Breakfast with Benefits

When: Second Wednesday, 8 - 9:30 a.m.

Details: HBCC teams up with the SBA to provide training and funding for businesses interested in government contracting.

Coffee with the CEO

When: Third Monday, 9 - 10 a.m.

Details: Gather with HBCC CEO Kim Randolph.

Collide

When: Third Thursday,  9 - 10 a.m.

Details: Two industry professionals from different generations have a conversation to spark ideas and cross-generational growth.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City

Business After Hours

When and where: Fourth Thursday, 5 - 7 p.m., location varies

Walk Wednesday

When and where: First Wednesday, 3 - 5 p.m., location varies

Details: Join Lisa Peña of Urban Hikes KC and explore a different area of Kansas City each month.

Independence Chamber of Commerce

Business After Hours

When and where: Fourth Thursday, 4:30 - 6 p.m., location varies

Fearless Girls Coffee & Conversation

When and where: First Thursday, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., location varies

Monthly Membership Luncheon

When and where: Third Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, Independence, Missouri

Cost: $23 for members, $35 for nonmembers

Young Independence Professionals Coffee & Networking

When and where: Fourth Tuesday, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m., location varies

Inventors Center of Kansas City

Monthly Meeting

When and where: Third Tuesday, 6:30 - 8 p.m., online

Kearney Chamber of Commerce

Membership Luncheon

When and where: First Friday, 12 p.m., First Christian Church, Kearney, Missouri

Off the Clock – After Hours

When and where: Third Thursday, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., location varies

Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Coffee

When and where: Second Wednesday, 8 - 9 a.m., location varies

Leawood Chamber

After Hours Networking

When and where: Third Thursday, 4:30 - 6 p.m., location varies

Lee’s Summit Chamber

Chamber After Hours

When and where: Second Thursday, 4:30 - 6 p.m., location varies

Chamber Before Hours

When and where: Fourth Tuesday 7:30 - 8:30 a.m., location varies

Monthly Membership Luncheon

When and where: Fourth Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Cost: $25 for members or $30 for nonmembers

Lenexa Chamber of Commerce

AM Live

When and where: First Thursday, 8 - 9 a.m., location varies

Lunch & Learn

When and where: Second Wednesday, 12 - 1 p.m., location varies

Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce

Biz over Breakfast

When and where: First Friday, 7:30 - 9 a.m., location varies

Connect at Four

When and where: Second Tuesday, 4 p.m., location varies

Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Coffee Connections

When and where: Third Thursday, 7:30 - 9 a.m., location varies

Cost: Free to members, $25 for nonmembers

National Association of Women Business Owners

Monthly Breakfast Meeting

When and where: Second Tuesday, 7:30 - 9 a.m., Kansas City Women’s Business Center, Overland Park, Kansas

Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce

We’re Talkin’ Tuesday

When and where: First and Third Tuesday, 8 - 9 a.m., Sylvester Powell Community Center, Mission, Kansas

Details: This free event includes networking and a short presentation.

Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce

After Hours

When and where: First Wednesday, 5 - 7 p.m., location varies

Olathe Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Coffee

When and where: Every Thursday, 9 - 10:30 a.m., location varies

Parkville Area Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Lunch

When and where: Second Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., location varies

Platte City Area Chamber of Commerce

Monthly Luncheon

When and where: Third Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Northland Career Center, Platte City, Missouri

Cost: $20 in advance or $25 at the door

Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism

Monthly Luncheon

When and where: Fourth Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., location varies

Cost: $16

Riverside Area Chamber of Commerce

In-the-Know Luncheon

When and where: Fourth Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., location varies

KickStart Coffee

When and where: Second Tuesday, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., location varies

Shawnee Chamber of Commerce

A.M. Connect

When and where: Third Wednesday, 8 - 9 a.m., location varies

Membership Luncheon

When and where: Fourth Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., location varies

Cost: $28 for members, $38 for nonmembers

Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Luncheon

When and where: Second Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Smithville American Legion Post #58, Smithville, Missouri

South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

Morning Mingle

When and where: First Monday, 8 - 9 a.m., location varies

Monthly Membership Lunch

When and where: TBD Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., RC’s Restaurant & Lounge, Kansas City, Missouri

Cost: $23 for members, $33 for nonmembers

Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Coffee

When and where: First Friday, 8 - 9 a.m., location varies

St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce

Business After Hours

When and where: Fourth Thursday, 5 - 7 p.m., location varies

Women’s Leadership Group

When and where: Fourth Monday, 12 - 1 p.m., online and St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce, St. Joseph, Missouri

Small Business Owner Roundtable

When and where: First Thursday, 9 - 10 a.m., online and St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce, St. Joseph, Missouri

Keep up with all entrepreneur events in Kansas City

KCSourceLink’s calendar is your one-stop shop for all classes and events in the Kansas City area. Whether you’re looking for a networking event or how-to educational program, we’ve got you covered.

And if you’re not even sure what you should be doing to meet your business goals, we can help with that, too. Our Network Navigators can create a free Personal Action Plan just for you. They’ll individualize this detailed list of next steps just for your situation. And did we mention it’s free? KCSourceLink is here to help.

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