Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

The founder of Walz Tetrick Advertising accepts the Mr. K Award.

Walz Tetrick Advertising Wins 2024 Mr. K Award

Kansas City-based advertising agency Walz Tetrick Advertising has been crowned the Mr. K Award winner for 2024. Named after the legendary Kansas City entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Kauffman, the Mr. K Award is bestowed upon companies that show business growth or sustainability, excel in employee relations, engage in community service...

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KCSourceLink Resource Partners meet at ESO Day 2023

What’s a KCSourceLink Resource Partner & How Can They Help Your Business?

Starting and running a business can feel like the loneliest job around. But you don’t have to go it alone. KCSourceLink’s Resource Partners are here with free or low-cost information, mentoring and/or funding for you and your venture. Learn how you can build your business with the help of these entrepreneurship...

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Patty Gentrup of KCSourceLink speaks at the Forging the Future of Entrepreneurship event

What’s in Store for the Future of Kansas City Entrepreneurship?

What will the future of entrepreneurship in Kansas City look like? What’s needed to make sure small businesses in our region have what they need to be successful?  On April 2, 2024, nearly 150 individuals – existing and aspiring entrepreneurs, organizations that help entrepreneurs, and other community leaders – came together...

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Kansas City Chiefs fans at the 2023 NFL Draft in Kansas City, Missouri

Beyond Touchdowns: How Chiefs Wins Drive Economic Prosperity in Kansas City

When the Chiefs win, so does Kansas City. To win another Super Bowl title this year — the fourth in franchise history and the third by the team in the past five years — would not only energize the city’s already passionate fan base, but the economy as well. Let's break it...

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A library worker helps a small business owner with a database.

10 Free Business-Boosting Resources You Can Access at the Library

What’s everywhere, free and filled with entrepreneurial goodness? It’s the library! And you won’t just find that help in books. Kansas City’s library systems are chock full of resources and guidance from experts to help small business owners. Whether you’re wondering if starting a business is right for you or looking...

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Global Entrepreneurship Week - Kansas City 2023 panelists and attendees pose for a picture

See How You Can Keep the GEWKC Magic Going Into 2024 and Beyond

As Global Entrepreneurship Week - KC comes to a close, here's how you can keep the inspiration, expert advice and networking going into 2021 and beyond.

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A panel at GEWKC 2022

GEWKC 2023 Insiders’ Guide: How to Make the Most of Global Entrepreneurship Week – KC

Ready to connect, learn and grow? Global Entrepreneurship Week – Kansas City is the place to be! Nov. 13-19, business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs and peeps who support KC small business will gather for classes, workshops, panels and networking events galore. It’s all things entrepreneurship, and it’s all FREE. GEWKC is open...

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Global Entrepreneurship Week - Kansas City 2023

GEWKC: Build Your Agenda from 100+ Sessions for Nov. 13-19

Global Entrepreneurship Week - Kansas City, the metro’s largest annual, multiday educational event for aspiring entrepreneurs and seasoned business owners, kicks off Nov. 13-19, and attendees can now sign up to attend no-cost virtual and in-person sessions throughout the week that will supercharge their business or business idea. To attend...

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A businessman and businesswoman high five

Starting or Growing a Business? Make Sure You Use This Key KC Resource

In Kansas City, we’re fortunate to have a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem. There are hundreds of programs that serve small business owners at different points of their entrepreneurial journeys. But the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) does it all. These centers provide specialized mentoring, classes and resources to entrepreneurs at all...

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$20,000 in Cash Prizes Up for Grabs at Kansas City’s Largest App Building Challenge

Hack Midwest, KC’s largest app building competition, will bring together more than 300 software engineers in the summer of 2023 to compete for $20,000 in cash, including a $10,000 grand prize from H&R Block.  Participants will bring their ideas to life at the fast-paced 24- hour hackathon, happening Sept. 23-24...

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