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KCSourceLink 15th Anniversary All-Star Celebration

KCSourceLink 15th Anniversary All-Star Celebration

On June 18, 2018, right before E Day at the K, KCSourceLink is holding an all-out hootenanny (aka tailgate party) to celebrate our 15th Anniversary and recognize our Resource Partner Network. These 240+ organizations and hundreds of hardworking folks have worked in the trenches and out of the spotlight to help you test your ideas, find new markets, sort out your challenges, secure new funding and improve your odds for success.

Who has helped you grow your Kansas City business?

Nominate your go-to mentor, coach, connector and expert from the KCSourceLink Network and lets give them the spotlight, standing O, high-fives, and kudos those so deserve. Deadline to submit your nominations is May 30. 

Here's how it works:

  1. Nominate your favorite KCSourceLink Resource Partner (past or present) for one of the All-Star Awards listed below. (Jump here to get the full scoop on the award categories.) Nominations are due May 30. Need a nudge on who in the KCSourceLink Network may have helped you? Head over to our Resource Navigator.

  2. Rally your friends and colleagues to vote for your nominee June 4-8. Voting happens right here. 

  3. Join us for an amazing tailgate June 18, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium, sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation. We'll announce the winners of the All-Star voting and enjoy food and libations. (Note: We hope you will attend the tailgate even if you're not headed to the game.)

  4. Keep the party going and watch the Royals take on the Texas Rangers for E-Day at the K. Buy tickets HERE.

Nominate your KCSourceLink All Star

Quick note on the criteria: Nominees can be a past or current resource provider, but must be affiliated with a nonprofit/educational/governmental entrepreneurial support organization in the Kansas City metro area.Self-nominations are welcome. Deadline for nominations: May 30, 2018

And be sure to choose one award from the drop down list. (Need more info on the categories? See below.)

Are you joining us for E-Day at the K? (June 18, 4:30-6:30 p.m. - That's when we'll hand out the awards)

If you'd like to purchase tickets for the Royals game June 18, go to Entrepreneur Day at the K.

I am nominating the person name above for the following All-Star Award *

See you June 18 at the K!

Swing by our tailgate tent before the game from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. We'll announce our winners and celebrate all those who've helped make KC entrepreneurship. If you'd like to purchase tickets for the Royals game June 18, go to Entrepreneur Day at the K.

KCSourceLink All-Star Award Categories

On June 18, we'll recognize your 15 All-Stars, in these 15 categories to celebrate our 15th anniversary. (Themes!). Review your rolodex and nominate your go-to KCSourceLink Resource Partner in any of the following categories. 

World Series Trophy recognizes Kansas City’s most successful supporter of entrepreneurs. When you think KC entrepreneurship, you can’t help but think of this person first because of how much he or she has done to transform eship here in Kansas City.

Golden Glove recognizes the Resource Partner who has the ability to field requests from entrepreneurs and other Resource Partners with ease and agility. He or she knows the ecosystem and can get you to the help you need, in one throw.

Iron Man Award goes to the longest-tenured Resource Partner in the KCSourceLink network. They know the game of entrepreneurship, inside, out, updside down, blindfolded, one-hand tied behind his or her back, while mashing up “Eye of the Tiger” and “Started from the Bottom.” Mic drop.

Outstanding Coaching Award recognizes excellence in executing for entrepreneurs. This is your first call when you want to test that swing on a new idea or check your gait to see if you’ll make it around third this time.

Hank Aaron Award for Hitting recognizes the Resource Partner that does the best job of referring clients throughout the KCSourceLink network. They’re not in for the personal grandeur, they’re in it to make sure your team scores big.

Utility Infielder should go to the Resource Partner who exhibits a great degree of flexibility and wears a lot of hats. Has there ever been an event you didn’t see him or her at? Omnipresent and omnitalented, this Resource Partner covers the infield of entrepreneurship like a boss.

Most Assists recognizes the Resource Partner who has been selfless in supporting others in the network. When things need to get done in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, this person is there, before you even put in the call.

Homerun Derby Winner recognizes the Resource Partner who routinely hits it out of the park for both Resource Partners and entrepreneurs. Call them responsive, call them powerful, but they deliver the mileage and impact. 

Silver Slugger recognizes someone who is willing to go above, beyond and out-of-the park in service. He or she is a great advocate, storyteller, proponent and supporter of KC entrepreneurship, inside and beyond our borders.

Cy Young Award for Pitching recognizes a Resource Partner who is on target in solving problems.

Fanatical Fan recognizes the most enthusiastic KCSourceLink Resource Partner. You can’t help but feel motivated to grab the big W after just minutes with him or her.

Slugger Award recognizes the Resource Partner who has done the most to promote KCSourceLink, KC’s first stop for entrepreneurial connections.

Manager of the Year recognizes a Resource Partner who is incredibly motivational. He or she know the big picture and doesn’t take his or her eye off the big prize, helping KC become America’s most entrepreneurial city.

Most Valuable Player recognizes the Resource Partner who has been the most active in the KCSourceLink network. You see them at Resource Partner meetings, ribbon cuttings, boot camps, policy discussions. He or she is all in for Team Eship.

Roberto Clemente Award for Sportsmanship recognizes the Resource Partner who’s been a real team player. If a collaboration needs to happen to move Kansas City entrepreneurship forward, this person is first on your list.


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