entrepreneurship http://kcur.org en Entrepreneurs Overcome Obstacles, Boost Local Economy http://kcur.org/post/entrepreneurs-overcome-obstacles-boost-local-economy <p>Since the 1970s, small businesses have provided a net of two-thirds of all new jobs. Today, they create 55 percent of all jobs in this country. Three local entrepreneurs, who make up part of this trend, appeared on&nbsp;<em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank">Up to Date</a>&nbsp;</em>to talk about&nbsp;about starting and sustaining a small business in the Kansas City area.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:19:01 +0000 Steve Kraske & Hannah Copeland 59322 at http://kcur.org Entrepreneurs Overcome Obstacles, Boost Local Economy Building Up KC With Local Entrepreneurs http://kcur.org/post/building-kc-local-entrepreneurs <p></p><p>Whether it’s a bakery or a tech firm, running your own business is no cakewalk. Developing one from the ground up takes a lot of hard work and planning.</p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with some local entrepreneurs about how they got started, the difficulties they encounter and what the future might hold for them. We also talk about why their relationship with the community matters so much and how they stay profitable.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 59224 at http://kcur.org Building Up KC With Local Entrepreneurs Fellowship Projects Seek To Reinvigorate Kansas City Schools http://kcur.org/post/fellowship-projects-seek-reinvigorate-kansas-city-schools <p>A new program is taking an entrepreneurial approach to tackling the longstanding problem of education in Kansas City, Mo.&nbsp;</p><p>The Lean Lab at the Sprint Accelerator will announce six projects to help area schools Friday afternoon.&nbsp;</p><p>For the past four weeks, fellows at the Lean Lab have been cooking up practical, simple ideas to reinvigorate education in Kansas City.</p><p>For example, one fellow is working on a grading system that will use smartphones and tablets to help track students' progress assignment by assignment.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:32:51 +0000 Cody Newill 58724 at http://kcur.org Fellowship Projects Seek To Reinvigorate Kansas City Schools Boys Grow Teaches Kids Business Skills Through Farming http://kcur.org/post/boys-grow-teaches-kids-business-skills-through-farming <p>At a farm in Kansas City,&nbsp;Kan., a group of young men from are developing their entrepreneurship skills through farming. Boys Grow, a non-profit agency, works with these kids to develop business skills as they sell their agricultural commodities.</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we talked to two of these boys about their experience with Boys Grows and their hopes for the future.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:08:22 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 58626 at http://kcur.org Boys Grow Teaches Kids Business Skills Through Farming Kansas City Opens 'Dead Letter Office' http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-opens-dead-letter-office <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last month, the city of Kansas City, Mo., opened what they’re calling a 'Dead Letter Office,' which is actually a website where the residents and business owners can petition to repeal out-of-date city regulations.</span></p><p>Assistant City Manager Rick Usher focuses on small businesses and entrepreneurship. He says due to Kansas City’s long history, some of the old rules are still in the books.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Christina Lieffring 57916 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Opens 'Dead Letter Office' Fellowship Encourages Startup Thinking Around Kansas City Education http://kcur.org/post/fellowship-encourages-startup-thinking-around-kansas-city-education <p>If figuring out how to fix education in Kansas City is a puzzle, then the founders of The Lean Lab say their fellowships should provide the pieces.</p><p>"Each fellow has to commit to impacting 500 students over the course of five years," says Carrie Markel, the group's chief operating officer. "If we incubate 20 fellows a year, in less than 20 years we would impact all 70,000 students in the Kansas City city limits."</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:39:16 +0000 Elle Moxley 57300 at http://kcur.org What Are The Biggest Challenges Facing Kansas City's Entrepreneurship Scene? http://kcur.org/post/what-are-biggest-challenges-facing-kansas-citys-entrepreneurship-scene <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Entrepreneurship group <a href="http://1weekkc.com/">1Week KC</a> wants to make Kansas City a top destination for innovative businesses and start-ups, a goal they're promoting with a week-long celebration that began Monday.</span></p><p>The obstacles and challenges that entrepreneurs face are wide and varied, but here is what<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;some of the people who attended this week's events had to say about the climate in Kansas City:</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:06:37 +0000 Cara McClain 57277 at http://kcur.org What Are The Biggest Challenges Facing Kansas City's Entrepreneurship Scene? Artificial Intelligence In The Palm Of Your Hand http://kcur.org/post/artificial-intelligence-palm-your-hand <p>This week, innovators in mobile technology descend upon Kansas City for the <a href="http://www.mobilemidwest.com/">Mobile Midwest</a> conference hosted by Kansas City IT Professionals (KCITP.) Among them is Raj Singh, the developer of a mobile calendar application that goes beyond storing and retrieving scheduling information. This application is actually designed to help you make your appointments, arrive at meeting places and in some cases, communicate with your colleagues to let them know you're running late.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:22:44 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 54515 at http://kcur.org Artificial Intelligence In The Palm Of Your Hand Where Women Entrepreneurs Can Find Support in Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/where-women-entrepreneurs-can-find-support-kansas-city <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A recent </span><a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/geristengel/2014/01/08/11-reasons-2014-will-be-a-break-out-year-for-women-entrepreneurs/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Forbes.com</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> article headline touted “11 Reasons 2014 Will Be A Breakout Year For Women Entrepreneurs.”&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And, indeed, the statistics are looking good.</span></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Christie Garton 53591 at http://kcur.org Where Women Entrepreneurs Can Find Support in Kansas City One Company's 'Quirky' Spin On Getting Inventions Produced http://kcur.org/post/one-companys-quirky-spin-getting-inventions-produced <p></p><p>People have ideas for inventions all the time, but getting those ideas made into consumer products can be a difficult journey.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with a representative of <a href="http://Quirky.com" target="_blank">Quirky.com</a>, a website that connects the entrepreneurs with the means to produce their ideas.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Nathaniel Padgett,</strong> Quirky.com</li></ul> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:44:50 +0000 Maria Carter & Beth Lipoff 53348 at http://kcur.org One Company's 'Quirky' Spin On Getting Inventions Produced StartupBus: An Innovative Entrepreneur Competition http://kcur.org/post/startupbus-innovative-entrepreneur-competition <p></p><p>Picture this: a group of "buspreneurs" convene on a bus equipped with laptops and just three days to create a startup company. That is what happened when the area's best hackers, hustlers and hipsters got on the Midwest StartupBus. They also made stops in Nashville, Tenn., and Fort Smith, Ark., along the way.</p><p>KCPT's Caitlin Cress went along for the ride, which began right here in Kansas City on March 2.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Caitlin Cress</strong>, reporter at the Hale Center for Journalism at KCPT</li></ul> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Laura Spencer, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 52772 at http://kcur.org StartupBus: An Innovative Entrepreneur Competition Your Guide And Glossary For This Week's Global Entrepreneurship Events http://kcur.org/post/your-guide-and-glossary-weeks-global-entrepreneurship-events <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What is Global Entrepreneurship Week?</span></p><p>It’s a mash-up of dozens of classes, speakers, workshops and competitions that extend through Saturday in Kansas City. Other cities across the U.S. and 139 different countries also are sponsoring a Global Entrepreneurship Week to celebrate innovators and startups.</p><p>Some of the highlights from the week in Kansas City:</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:56:14 +0000 Laura Ziegler 47081 at http://kcur.org Global Entrepreneurship Week Highlights Innovation In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/global-entrepreneurship-week-highlights-innovation-kansas-city <p>A kind of entrepreneurial love fest is happening across the world this week.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Global entrepreneurship is being celebrated in Kansas City, across the United States and in 139 countries around the world.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The event, called 'Global Entrepreneurship Week,' is a mash up of events, workshops and competitions celebrating i</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">nnovative startups.</span></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:39:34 +0000 Laura Ziegler 47078 at http://kcur.org Social Entrepreneurship: Making Changes By Making Money http://kcur.org/post/social-entrepreneurship-making-changes-making-money <p>Imagine starting a business for any other reason but to make a profit. There is a subset of business owners who do just that ... social entrepreneurs.</p><p></p><p>These executives look to organize, create and manage a venture to make social change. On Friday's Up to Date we examine social enterprise: from what drives someone to start a business aimed at bettering the lives of others, to the process of taking an idea all the way to market, to how the funds find their way to worthwhile causes.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 22:05:01 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 43176 at http://kcur.org Social Entrepreneurship: Making Changes By Making Money Barnett Helzberg On Mentoring Entrepreneurs http://kcur.org/post/barnett-helzberg-mentoring-entrepreneurs <p><strong>Barnett Helzberg, Jr. </strong>had a mentor. His name was <a href="http://www.kauffman.org/about-foundation/our-founder-ewing-kauffman.aspx" target="_blank">Ewing Kauffman</a>, the one-time owner of the <a href="http://kcroyals.com" target="_blank">Kansas City Royals</a>. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 02:46:42 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 20061 at http://kcur.org Barnett Helzberg On Mentoring Entrepreneurs Presidential Policies and Black Entrepreneurship http://kcur.org/post/presidential-policies-and-black-entrepreneurship <p>An American president once said that black power is the power that people should have over their own destinies, the power that comes from participation in the political and economic process of society. That president? Richard Nixon.</p><p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 19:06:57 +0000 Charlie Upchurch, Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 16838 at http://kcur.org Presidential Policies and Black Entrepreneurship Computer Guys: Tech Tools For Entrepreneurs http://kcur.org/post/computer-guys-tech-tools-entrepreneurs <p>On this Monday&#39;s <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/centralstandard"><strong><em>Central Standard</em></strong></a>, a look at the technology tools available to help you launch your new business. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 18:13:03 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 14755 at http://kcur.org Computer Guys: Tech Tools For Entrepreneurs