March 7, 2019

Bryan Shannon and TicketRX make a big leap

In June 2018, we shared the success story of Bryan and his company, TicketRX. Since then…big things have been happening! Jill Meyer and our SBTDC team have been with him the whole way. Bryan has recently sold his startup to a fintech company with global reach. It was
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January 8, 2019

SBTDC clients chosen for 25 Under 25 award in 2019

Thinking Bigger has chosen the 25 Under 25 class for 2019 and we are proud to announce that four SBTDC clients are among those being honored. The award is given to Kansas City companies that have 25 or less employees and demonstrate growth and contribution to the KC
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August 20, 2018

4 Hacks to Help Your Business Hire and Retain the Right Talent

Hiring great employees isn’t easy. Every step brings its challenges and heartaches: recruiting stellar candidates, navigating the hiring process, onboarding new employees, inviting them into your company culture and encouraging high performance and professional development. And when you do find that great hire, what’s the secret to getting
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July 12, 2018


By Carmen DeHart Are you dreaming of a new business idea or ready to position your existing business for growth? ELEVATIONLAB launched in the fall of 2017 to help businesses at all stages with classes and workshops designed for entrepreneurial success. ELEVATIONLAB is THE training programs of the
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January 17, 2018

When is the right time to start a business?

Your business is your baby, and much like parenthood, business ownership isn’t for the squeamish. Some entrepreneurs fall into it by surprise. Others plan and strategize, waiting for just the right… moment, opportunity, cash flow, partner, etc. The thing about starting a business is that waiting for the
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August 10, 2017

Kansas City’s own Michelle Cunningham receives lauded certification

The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Center has awarded Michelle Cunningham (Missouri PTAC at UMKC) certification as a Certified Procurement Professional. With this certification, Michelle joins the ranks of APTAC’s subject matter experts, embodying a commitment to professional excellence in the field of government procurement assistance. This is
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June 21, 2017

UMKC’s own Rebecca Gubbels named Missouri State Star!

Here’s another win for our office and we’re excited to share the news! Rebecca Gubbels, Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at UMKC’s business development specialist, has been named the 2017 Missouri State Star, or the state’s outstanding business counselor, for her contributions to local business growth.
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October 28, 2016

Welcome to our new Business Development Consultant!

Jill Hathaway joins the UMKC Small Business and Technology Development Center team officially on October 24, 2016. Jill has worked for over 20 years in the footwear, clothing and accessory industry as a manufacturer’s sales representative, product design consultant, retail sales trainer, new brand developer, territory manager, international
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July 8, 2016

Join us on Facebook!

Join us on Facebook! Our team works hard for entrepreneurs in the Kansas City metro. We love to help build businesses along with our clients! We also like to have some fun and learn new things everyday. Join us on our facebook page to learn along with us.
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July 8, 2016

UMKC SBTDC announces new Training Coordinator

Kansas City, MO – July 8, 2016 Michelle joined the SBTDC in late February. A resident of Missouri from birth, she attended the University of Missouri – Columbia and received a BA in Communications. She has now lived in many places, but is very excited to be home
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February 25, 2015

Urban Business Growth Initiative Offers Scholarships This Spring

URBAN BUSINESS GROWTH INITIATIVE OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS THIS SPRING KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (February 12, 2015) —– The Urban Business Growth Initiative has already created economic impact with 18 business owners in Kansas City, Mo., and will help even more with scholarships to selected programs this spring. To date, more
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February 9, 2015

JUNK Architects, PC, Kansas City, receives 2015 Excellence in Business Award

JUNK Architects, PC, Kansas City, receives 2015 Excellence in Business Award JUNK Architects, PC, of Kansas City, was honored Tuesday, Feb. 3, as a winner of the 2015 University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program’s (BDP) Excellence in Missouri Business Award. The awards highlight outstanding achievements by firms
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January 29, 2015

Fifteen Kansas City businesses chosen to be a part of national ScaleUp! program

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A national initiative targeting successful small businesses is launching here in Kansas City. More than 60 cities applied for the opportunity, but only eight cities made the cut. One Northland business called Weave Gotcha Covered is one of Kansas City’s selected businesses. It’s a
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June 3, 2014

Lessons Learned with Mark Franzke from Entrepreneurial Mindset Training

Next up on our Entrepreneurial Mindset Training: Lessons Learned series is participant Mark Franzke of Franzke Stringed Instruments. “It taught me that you start small,” Franzke explains, “and you test your assumptions.” By testing your assumptions regarding your business’s feasibility, you will be able to “find out what
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May 5, 2014

Lessons Learned with Nathan Kincaid from Entrepreneurial Mindset Training

Next up on our Entrepreneurial Mindset Training: Lessons Learned series is participant Nathan Kincaid of Idea Machine. Kincaid explains that the most important thing he learned in regards to starting a business is to think about solving other people’s problems first and foremost. “Rather than force or put
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April 11, 2014

Urban Business Growth Initiative Clients Report $7 Million in Increased Sales and over 32 Jobs Added

In less than a year, the Urban Business Growth Initiative has graduated its first Ice House class, held 125 counseling sessions with more than 40 clients, and helped clients add 32 jobs. Counseled clients have also reported $7 million in increased sales. The Urban Business Growth Initiative features training
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February 20, 2013

Listen to Mark Allen’s Radio Interview on KMBZ’s Power Lunch

Mark Allen was recently interviewed by KMBZ Business Channel’s Krista Klaus during her Power Lunch segment, where they discussed the UMKC SBTDC and Digital Sandbox KC. Listen by clicking below.
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January 16, 2013

Digital Sandbox Announcement

Join Kansas City’s leaders in business, technology and higher education. Be among the first to hear a major announcement about the Digital Sandbox – a hub that will help techies develop and test new technologies for commercialization. It’s efforts like these that will drive growth in the local
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