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A Lacking Safety Net

By: Christina Long & Ted Kriwiel | February 16th, 2016 --- Typically, entrepreneurs tend to be white, male and from upper-income families. Why is this?

Growing Our Own

By: Jonathan Long | December 14, 2015 --- In Wichita, where I live, leaders are grappling with how to reignite the area’s economy. Regionalism, entrepreneurship and the recruitment of young talent dominate – if not drive – local discussions. While a focus on these ideas is smart, another even more perceptive solution continues to be overlooked: diversity and inclusion.

Harnessing the Power of an Entrepreneurial Mindset

By: Ted Kriwiel | November 16, 2015 --- Earlier this month, Christina shared a beautiful post on the role entrepreneurship played in her childhood. This week, I’ll share a bit of my experience.

Seven Lessons for Entrepreneurs: An Evening with America’s Tax Man, Henry W. Bloch

By: Pola Firestone | December 11, 2014 --- One of Kansas City’s greatest entrepreneurs, Henry W. Bloch, co-founded H&R Block Inc. in 1955 and helped build it into the world’s largest tax preparation company. Bloch spoke about, “Seven Lessons for Entrepreneurs,” at Kansas City’s Central Library in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week. The presentation also coincided with the paperback release of Tom Bloch’s book, Many Happy Returns: The Story of Henry Bloch, America’s Tax Man.

Leisure-time and Sports Entrepreneurs: Watch Trends of Working Parents

By: Maria Brown | December 9, 2014 --- How men and women, especially those with children under age 18, spend their leisure time has changed over the last 50 years. For the entrepreneur whose product or service falls within a disposable income, leisure time category, watching these trends and addressing a niche may be crucial to success.

Entrepreneurs, Women and Tech: The New Frontier?

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By Maria Brown | October 30 --- GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving recently shared insights in his commentary in Fortune.comthat entrepreneurs in the tech space may find useful: “Women purchase, and make purchasing decisions, for more than 50% of technology items in the marketplace. Understanding how

How to Start a Farmers’ Market

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By Jamie Hofling | September 18, 2014 --- We’ve discussed how the community benefits from a local farmers’ market and showcased several Kansas markets. If you’ve been persuaded and want to consider one in your area this blog shares a brief summary of preliminary steps and resources available to help guide you through the conceptual stage.

Myth-Busting Fears About Exporting

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By Kate Hodel | Aug 18, 2014 --- Entering international markets has historically been a smart way for small business to increase their size and market share. Nearly 96 percent of the world’s population and more than 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power are found outside of the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. And yet, only about 1 percent of American companies currently export products and services abroad. Of those, 58 percent export to only one country.

Farmers’ Markets For All

By Jamie Hofling | July 18, 2014 --- The air fills with the smell of smoking sausage and scones. People stroll amidst fresh flowers, vine-ripened tomatoes, and aged cheeses, chatting with farmers and artisans.

How to Get Clients to Pay

By Lois Kirkpatrick | July 3, 2014 --- As an entrepreneur, you're excited about the product or service you've created. You're thrilled to have a growing number of customers. Money is coming in, but you haven't put a system in place to formally track who owes you how much, and by when.