Funding and Finances

Wes Smith (left) and Roy Scott (right), cofounders of Healthy Hip Hop

Empowering Kids through Healthy Hip Hop: A Journey from Music to Tech Entrepreneurship

The journey of Kansas City startup Healthy Hip Hop began with a personal revelation for its founder, Roy Scott, who, after reflecting on the impact of mainstream hip-hop, envisioned a platform that could offer a healthier alternative for young listeners. Roy grew up in Kansas City immersed in hip-hop culture....

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Kansas City women entrepreneurs

10 Inspiring KC Female Entrepreneur Stories for Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. And women entrepreneurs make history every day in Kansas City. Kansas City’s entrepreneurial community is chock full of women starting businesses, leading ventures and guiding other business owners. And they’re not alone. According to the Small Business Administration, women own more than 12 million businesses nationwide....

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Grow Your Business with These Kansas City Classes and Workshops

Spring is a time of growth — and if it’s time for your small business to expand, you’re in luck. Kansas City’s entrepreneurial ecosystem offers lots of opportunities to learn the skills you need to scale your business. Need to step up your marketing? Or are you ready to jump into...

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Kansas City entrepreneurs

The Top 15 KCSourceLink Blogs of 2023 Will Help Your Business, Side Hustle

Did you know that we here at KCSourceLink reach out to experts and entrepreneurs to uncover the best tips, tricks and content to help you as you start or grow that side hustle or small business? In fact, that’s our M.O. It’s our jam. It’s what we do. And if you...

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Top KCSourceLink entrepreneur stories of 2023

Your Top KCSourceLink KC Entrepreneur, Small Business Stories of 2023

Is that a bird? A plane? NO! These are the top Kansas City entrepreneur stories you couldn’t stop reading in 2023. These side-hustlers and small business owners performed amazing feats of entrepreneurship, like growing from a home garage to a Main Street store, winning awards, growing a business in the face...

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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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Having Small Business Finance Trouble? These 5 Tips Will Keep You on Track

Most new year’s resolutions are long forgotten by now. But there’s still time to make sure you’re starting 2024 off on the right financial foot. What you do now can have a real impact on your business’s financial outlook — and taxes. Fortunately, there are easy ways to protect your business...

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KC Area Startup Ronawk Has an Innovation That Could Change Biotech

The story of Overland Park, Kansas-based biotechnology startup Ronawk began almost a decade ago when A.J. Mellott and Heather Decker found themselves held back by the tedious process of culturing cells manually.    “I got really frustrated with the process, and in that frustration, I had this sort of eureka moment of, ‘If...

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Digital Sandbox Q4 2023 awardees

Digital Sandbox KC Funds 9 Startups, Accelerating Technology, Health Care Innovations

Digital Sandbox KC has announced it has accepted nine new startups into its program. These diverse startups will receive crucial support, mentorship and up to $20,000 in project funding to accelerate their innovative projects.   The chosen companies span various industries, from revolutionary aerospace-grade 3D printing technology to AI-driven solutions for...

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7 Steps to Prep Your Small Business or Side Hustle for the New Year

Out with the old, in with the new? Not so fast. Before you ring in the new year, make sure your business is ready for 2024. The end of the year is an ideal time to take stock of your business. Taking a hard look at what’s working, what could improve...

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