Inventors and entrepreneurs, startups and scalers: When you have an idea that you want to grow, it helps to have a little help along the way.
That's why we mapped the organizations in Kansas City that can take you from inception to exit. Hop aboard and download your KCSourceLink℠ Resource Rail™ Entrepreneur Ecosystem Map.
DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE RAIL
KCSourceLink’s Resource Rail™ is your map to entrepreneurial experts across our region who are ready to help your business start and grow, whether you’re just launching a company or ready to scale it, whether you’re disrupting an industry with an innovation-led business or running a Main Street retail mainstay.
Just tell us a bit about yourself in the form at the right and get a map for your entrepreneurial journey.
YOUR FIRST STOP: KCSOURCELINK
KCSourceLink connects a network of hundreds of business-building organizations in the 18-county Kansas City region to the aspiring and existing business owners who need their services. Our mission is to help small businesses grow and prosper by providing easy, one-stop access to needed resources. That is why KCSourceLink should be your ﬁrst stop when you’re ready to start or grow a business in the Kansas City region—and why you should stop back often.
PLAN YOUR TRIP
Just choose your line below and follow it on the Rail to ﬁnd the resources ready to help you start and grow your business through all four stages: inception, proof of concept, rollout and expansion.
YELLOW: INNOVATION LINE
Follow this line if you’re a tech or high-growth company. These companies form around a new technology or breakthrough process that sometimes needs assistance with proof of concept, pitching for equity investments and building leadership teams.
BLUE: MAIN STREET LINE
Follow this line if you have a brick-and-mortar store: restaurants, coffee shops, dry cleaners, retailers, etc. These companies have employees, need operations support and are typically focused on sales, cash ﬂow and funding.
LIME: MICROENTERPRISE LINE
Follow this line if you’re starting small but have big dreams. Companies in this category require little capital to launch. Most are focused around the owner’s personal expertise—consulting, design, lawn care—and they may not require a physical location.
PURPLE: SECOND STAGE LINE
Follow this line if you’ve survived the startup phase and you want to scale. Second-stage ﬁrms can be in any industry and have enough employees to beneﬁt from adding professional managers. Businesses usually enter second stage when they approach $1 million in receipts.
GREEN: MONEY LINE
Follow this line if funding is your goal. From inception to expansion, explore the Kansas City resources that help fund businesses, from equity to debt and every stop in between.