Ready for Liftoff? Grow and Scale Your Kansas City Business With These Classes, Events

Starting a small business can feel like a never-ending climb. But instead of trudging along, smart entrepreneurs get help along the way.

When it’s time to expand your business, a good road map can make all the difference. Whether you need a view of the vast financing frontier or want to explore government contracts, there’s a free or low-cost class that can help.

Not every aspect of business calls for blazing new trails. Learn skills and best practices that will help you and your business get where you want to go. KCSourceLink’s Resource Partners are here to show you the way.

Who’s it for? Entrepreneurs who are ready to reach new audiences.

What is it? This three-week class will help you create videos that solidify you as a thought leader in your industry. Each day, make just one video for use on social media. You’ll walk away from this course with confidence, the ability to find trending topics and content to kick your social media up a notch.

When: Wednesdays, May 10, 17 and 24, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Mid-Continent Library, Grain Valley, Missouri

Cost: Free

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Who’s it for? Business owners who want to be true leaders.

What is it? In this workshop, you’ll explore what your values are and how they show up in behavior. Leaning into vulnerability and discomfort can create new connections and opportunities. Learn how values operate in our professional lives and the role they play in daring leadership.

When: Thursday, May 18, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

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Who’s it for? Business owners who want to work more efficiently.

What is it? A variety of tools can help you make the most of your limited time. In this session, you’ll learn how to identify time waste in your daily schedule. The class will explore tools to help with business efficiency and daily operations.

When: Thursday, May 18, 6 – 7 p.m.

Where: Mid-Continent Public Library Green Hills Branch, Kansas City, Missouri

Cost: Free

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Who’s it for? Founders who want to know the best ways to raise funds.

What is it? Learn from lawyers specializing in venture capital and emerging growth. This session will highlight the differences between convertible notes, SAFEs, preferred equity and crowdfunding. You’ll also learn what the term sheet means to investors and founders.

When: Tuesday, May 23, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Where: Polsinelli, Kansas City, Missouri

Cost: $29

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Who’s it for? Business owners who want new relationships and clients.

What is it? Meet with purchasing representatives from government institutions and regional corporations. Bring copies of capabilities statements, brochures, business cards and more so you can share your business’s capabilities with potential new customers.

When: Thursday, May 25, 1 – 4 p.m.

Where: MCC-Penn Valley Education Center, Kansas City, Missouri

Cost: Free

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Who’s it for? Business owners who need help with content creation and scheduling.

What is it? Learn how to brainstorm, create and schedule social media for your business. This class will explore the difference between content that provides value and content that has a call to action. You’ll brainstorm content ideas and organize and plan a content calendar.

When: Thursday, May 25, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Mid-Continent Public Library, Riverside, Missouri

Cost: Free

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Who’s it for? Leaders who need to hire employees the right way.

What is it? This session will explore workable strategies to help you manage human resources. You’ll learn how to navigate everything from recruitment to employee paperwork to wrongful termination. This class will cover job descriptions, 1099 vs. W-2, payroll, benefits and more.

When: Friday, May 26, 9 – 11 a.m.

Where: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, Kansas City, Missouri

Cost: Free

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Who’s it for? Business owners who want to connect all their online channels.

What is it? Bring a laptop and get step-by-step instruction on how to create a free Linktr.ee page. You’ll learn the value of having all of your links — socials, website, store, videos, events and more — in one place and create a connected QR code for use in printed materials.

When: Wednesday, May 31, 6 – 7 p.m.

Where: Mid-Continent Public Library, Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Cost: Free

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Who’s it for? Entrepreneurs interested in working with the government.

What is it? This session will cover the first steps to winning government contracts. Learn how to get started with federal, state and local government registrations and certifications. After attending this seminar, a business is eligible for services from APEX (formerly Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers).

When: Wednesday, June 7, 9 – 11 a.m.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

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Who’s it for? Leaders who want to turn prospects into customers.

What is it? This session will explore the most cost-effective marketing tool: email marketing. Learn how email and CRM work together and how your business can use them to build relationships and increase sales.

When: Thursday, June 8, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, Kansas City, Missouri

Cost: Free

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Who’s it for? Entrepreneurs who need to prepare for meeting investors.

What is it? Delivering the information investors are looking for can be a game changer for your business. In this workshop, you’ll learn what investors need to know and want to see before providing capital to a business.

When: Thursday, June 8, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Missouri SBDC at UMKC, Kansas City, Missouri

Cost: $49

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Who’s it for? People who want to learn more about KC’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

What is it? This tour has three stops featuring more than 50 startups and community organizations. You’ll meet people at various stages of their small business journeys and connect with the groups supporting their efforts.

When: Friday, June 9, 5 – 8 p.m.

Where: Spark Coworking Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri

Cost: Free

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Who’s it for? Leaders who want to explore funding via grants.

What is it? Learn how to research, prepare, write and apply for grants. At the end of this session, you’ll be able to find the right opportunities for your business and you’ll develop a system for completing grant applications.

When: Monday, June 12, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: Online or Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, Kansas City, Missouri

Cost: Free

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Who’s it for? Business owners who are considering funding through equity.

What is it? How do market forces impact your valuation? And what methods can help you achieve the right number? In this session, you’ll learn from lawyers specializing in venture capital and emerging growth.

When: Tuesday, June 13, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Where: Polsinelli, Kansas City, Missouri

Cost: $29

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Who’s it for? Entrepreneurs who need capital.

What is it? Whether you’re paying business expenses out of your own pocket or just flat out need more funding, this webinar is for you. Learn how to set up and build your business credit. This session will discuss using business credit as leverage with investors and how to prepare for credit limits.

When: Wednesday, June 14, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

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Who’s it for? Entrepreneurs who want more customers.

What is it? This is the decade of the video! More traffic is coming from video, but creating an effective video can be tricky. Learn what programs to use, how to use with social, ADA compliance, storage and more. You’ll leave this class with an understanding of this important marketing tool.

When: Tuesday, June 20, 1 – 4 p.m.

Where: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

Cost: Free

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Who’s it for? Small business owners who want to expand their customer base to include the government.

What is it? Certifications can open a new market for goods and services. Learn about the purpose, eligibility and benefits of certification. This session will cover the application process for certifications for women-, minority- and veteran-owned businesses, as well as disadvantaged business enterprises.

When: Wednesday, June 21, 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

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Who’s it for? Entrepreneurs who need to know their funding options.

What is it? Explore how entrepreneurs in KC get their money — and how you can, too. This session will discuss how much money a venture might need as well as the type of capital that’s most appropriate. You’ll learn how to prepare to raise debt or equity capital.

When: Thursday, June 22, 9 – 11 a.m.

Where: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

Cost: Free

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Who’s it for? Founders with innovative technology that has commercial potential.

What is it? This two-day bootcamp will explore the lucrative SBIR and STTR research grants offered by the federal government. This session will walk you through the process of developing a grant proposal. Group and one-on-one coaching will help you develop an outline for your proposal.

When: Thursday, July 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Friday, July 14, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Missouri SBDC at UMKC, Kansas City, Missouri

Cost: Free

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KCSourceLink has your entrepreneurial road map

Kansas City has so many people and classes to help your venture reach new heights. Check out KCSourceLink’s complete guidebook to the area’s entrepreneurial landscape:

·  Classes & Events Calendar: This ever-expanding list includes all the area happenings for KC entrepreneurs.

·  Personal Action Plan: Get a customized to-do list to help you grow your venture. Our Network Navigators will create this priceless resource for you — for free.

·  Resource Navigator: This tool lists hundreds of organizations that can help you meet the people, gain the skills and get the funding your business needs.

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