Multicultural Entrepreneurs

ScaleUP! Kansas City Cohort 12

ScaleUP! Kansas City Seeks Top-Tier Small Business Owners Primed to Scale for 13th Cohort

ScaleUP! Kansas City — a selective, game-changing program, offered at no cost to selected participants — is now accepting applications. Its 13th cohort runs from Aug. 24, 2023, to Dec., 14 2023. Applications are accepted through Aug. 14, 2023, at scaleupkc.com. “For nearly a decade, ScaleUP! Kansas City has helped...

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Fahteema Parrish of Parish and Sons Construction

See Which Kansas City Small Business Owner Won the 2023 Mr. K Award

Kansas City-based Parrish & Sons Construction has been crowned the Mr. K Award winner for 2023. As part of its annual small business awards program, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce honored the company with the award during a luncheon June 14. Founded in 2015 by Fahteema Parrish, Parrish &...

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Kansas City, Missouri, at night

How KCSourceLink and Its Resource Partners Are Moving the Needle on Economic Development

Economic development is a vital ingredient to move every community and region forward, and often the catalyst to spark economic growth comes from institutions within the community, like universities. The Economic Development Administration’s University Center program enables organizations within universities, like the University of Missouri - Kansas City Innovation Center,...

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Meet the Winners of the 2023 Regnier Venture Creation Challenge Pitch Competition

The 2023 Regnier Venture Creation Challenge, an annual business plan and pitch competition hosted by University of Missouri - Kansas City, will award up to $90,000 in funding to student entrepreneurs and Kansas City small business owners later this month. This year’s competition is broken down into three tracks — two...

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Keeyoung Kim of Chingu and Sura Eats

How Crowdfunding Bolstered This KC Entrepreneur’s New Restaurant amid Unexpected Challenges

In the recipe for small business success, patience and determination are two key ingredients. But there’s also the business side to consider and the looming stat that 1 in 5 businesses fail in their first year. Keeyoung Kim, chef-owner of Chingu, a new restaurant and bar in the Westport neighborhood of...

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Digital Sandbox KC 2023 Q1 awardees

Meet the Latest 4 Early-Stage Kansas City Startups to Land $20K in Sandbox Project Funding

Digital Sandbox KC completed its first-quarter 2023 application cycle, adding four new companies to its early-stage project funding roster. Digital Sandbox KC connects early-stage founders to investors, resources and other founders in Kansas City’s startup network to help them scale their innovations to market. Since Digital Sandbox KC’s inception in 2013,...

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A collage of Kansas City entrepreneurs

Top 10 KCSourceLink Entrepreneur Stories You Couldn’t Stop Reading in 2022

There’s nothing like learning from someone who’s been there, done that. The KC entrepreneurs who share their stories help us all dream bigger, anticipate roadblocks and dare to succeed. In 2022, these tales of business creation and growth were more popular than ever. But behind every entrepreneur’s story is a flock...

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Kansas City entrepreneurs with hiring expertise

How to Hire Good Employees and Boost Your Recruitment Strategy, According to 6 Kansas City Entrepreneurs

Are you wondering how to hire good employees for your small business, or do you want to create the best recruitment strategy for this tough hiring environment? (We know it’s not easy out there right now.) Fear not! We asked six Kansas City entrepreneurs about their best tips, tricks and advice...

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2 KC Entrepreneurs Show You How to Run a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

KC entrepreneurs Jeff Wigh of Bryght Labs and Jonaie Johnson of Interplay reveal their tips and tricks for creating a successful crowdfunding campaign.

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How to Hire Your First (or Next) Employee: Follow These 7 Steps, Even in a Tough Market

When your small business needs new workers, make sure you have the legal and logistical bases covered.

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