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Whiteboard2Boardroom connects entrepreneurs and businesses to technologies available for licensing.

Digital Sandbox KC provides early-stage proof-of-concept support for digital products.

Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center provides technical assistance to startup and existing businesses.

ScaleUP! Kansas City helps businesses with revenues around $200K scale toward their first $1 million.

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

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10 Kansas City Small Businesses Compete for 2022 Top Award from KC Chamber


How many of these top 10 Kansas City area businesses have you heard of? They’re vying to be named the 2022 Small Business of the Year and take home the prestigious Mr. K Award from the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

And just so you know, these small businesses haven’t gotten to this point all by their lonesome—they’ve leveraged some of the hundreds of resources in the Kansas City area to help their business start, grow and compete for small business awards. A few of those resources that’ve helped them include the AltCap, Missouri Small Business Development Center at UMKC, the Kansas Small Business Development Center at Johnson County Community College, KC BizCare, Digital Sandbox KC, Square One Small Business Services at Mid-Continent Public Library, ScaleUP! Kansas City, Growth360 and many, many more. You can explore all the resources KC has to offer small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in the KCSourceLink Resource Navigator.

(By the way, if you’re looking for other KC-area awards and competitions to boost your own business, check out this page we constantly update with new opportunities.)

Who will be named the 2022 Small Business of the Year? The winner will be announced 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. June 15 at the Small Business Awards Luncheon at the Marriott Muehlebach Tower - Imperial Colonial Ballroom on 1213 Wyandotte St. in Kansas City, Missouri.

Meet this year’s top 10 businesses:

  • Chicken N Pickle: an indoor and outdoor entertainment complex featuring pickleball and a variety of other games

  • Crux KC: full service marketing agency that serves clients with executive-level marketing and business strategy

  • DEMDACO: a shop that offers artist-driven gifts, fashions and home décor products

  • KD Academy: 24/7 child care, before- and after-school programs and nutritious meals for infants through 5-year-olds

  • Midwest Recovery Centers: an extended care treatment facility that aims to provide quality addiction treatment

  • Parrish & Sons Construction: a minority- and woman-owned construction company in Kansas City

  • Resolve Counseling: a counseling and wellness center based in Prairie Village, Kansas

  • RK Contractors: a contractor and roofing company that uses skilled workers who are Middle Eastern immigrants and refugees

  • SnapIT Solutions: a small business that provides IT services, solutions and placements for companies

  • Walz Tetrick Advertising: a full-service marketing, creative and media agency


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