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The Cornerstone Companies joins Lead Bank and KCMO to help small businesses

The City of Kansas City, Missouri, Lead Bank and The Cornerstone Companies are making it easier for small businesses to bid on city jobs and obtain financing, bonding and insurance by creating the “For Change Initiative,’’ a program designed to streamline the application process for small contractors. Cornerstone, a full-service …

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Northland Network Offers Opportunity for Investors

The Northland Angel Investor Network (NAIN) may be one of the area’s best-kept secrets for potential investors. Launched in 2013 by the Clay County Economic Development Council, the network is designed to provide funds for startup businesses that often cannot access bank loans or other traditional financing. Equally important, the …

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How to Request an Intern from the Northland CAPS Program

This is a brief note from North Kansas City Business Council Executive Director Rich Groves. We share his enthusiasm about the Northland CAPS program. We had an intern ourselves last year. It’s an outstanding program that gives real world experience to teenagers as they begin to make the choices about …

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TREKK Design Group doubles Kansas City footprint

KANSAS CITY, Mo — Last Thursday the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) announced that civil engineering firm TREKK Design Group is more than doubling the size of its facilities in Kansas City with a move to its newly renovated, 16,300-square-foot headquarters. The expansion represents a $500,000 investment by TREKK Design …

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Library Hosts Leaders From Shatto Milk Company, Local Distilleries

MCPL’s Square One Small Business Services Offers Programs for Aspiring Entrepreneurs Independence, MO – Mid-Continent Public Library is quenching the thirst of aspiring entrepreneurs for industry insight and guidance through two free programs hosted by Square One Small Business Services, a division of the Library that is funded in part …

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Smithville BBQ Owners Turn to Community After Fire at New Restaurant

Smokehouse at Chop’s BBQ & Catering Catches Fire, Owners Turn to Community to Rebuild Starting a new business can be a significant drain on a family both emotionally and financially. Tuesday night brought even more challenges to Sarah and Dan Ulledahl after a latch failed on the smoker at their …

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Small Business Bootcamp Draws Full House

Insight into Greater Kansas City’s growing entrepreneurial environment and tips for small business owners drew nearly 150 people to the Sept. 23 Small Business Bootcamp at the Woodneath branch of Mid-Continent Public Library. Sponsored by the Clay County Economic Development Council and the library, the event featured keynote speaker Rachel …

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Mazuma Credit Union Launches “Cash Car” YouTube Show

Kansas City based Mazuma Credit Union’s marketing tends to tilt toward entertainment. True to form they have launched a new YouTube show called Cash Car. In it, participants are asked a series of questions about the financial industry and rewarded with cash for correct answers. The first episode features participants …

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Small Business Bootcamp to Feature Google Fiber

The Clay County Economic Development Council and Mid-Continent Public Library will host a Small Business Bootcamp on Friday, Sept. 23 at 8:30 a.m. at the Woodneath Library Center, 8900 Flintlock Road, Kansas City. Keynote speaker for the event will be Rachel Hack Merlo, Google Fiber, Community Impact Manager – Kansas …

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Missouri businesses should expect to see workers’ compensation rates continue to decline

Decrease in workers’ compensation claims cost leads to lower rates Jefferson City, Mo – Employers should see a reduction in workers’ compensation rates for the third straight year in a row according to preliminary figures collected by the Missouri Department of Insurance from the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). …

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