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Craft Distillery Proves Startups Can Be a Family Affair

The smell is potent. It's apparent as soon as you walk in. The tinge of distilled mash is unavoidable, and a pleasant reminder that this building is more than just a beautiful space that people now host weddings and events in. It's also a startup. A startup craft distillery, that is.

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Amanda Schnieders
on May 22, 2014
Title Boxing: How Following Your Passion Can Lead To Success

Last August, I had the chance to spend time with Tony Carbajo, co-founder of Title Boxing. From admiring the sport as a child to becoming a Golden Gloves champion in his younger years, Tony's head has always been in the ring. His story is a fascinating one, and is a testament to the importance of passion when it comes to building a business.

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Amanda Schnieders
on April 17, 2014
From Concept to 34 Cities in 24 Months

Recently, we celebrated the two-year anniversary of the launch of 1 Million Cups. We never try to hide the fact that 1 Million Cups was/is still a large experiment in how to build grassroots entrepreneurial communities. When we look back in two years, there are a few things that we are very proud of and want to highlight.

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Nate Olson
on April 17, 2014
MINDDRIVE Teaches Kids To Build Electric Cars - From Scratch

The whir and high-pitched screech draw my ear, but the flashing specks of bright light shooting up from a work station across the garage force me to look away. The mentor and student working around the station do not flinch. They're both used to all the excitement by now. MINDDRIVE has become their second home on Saturdays, as it has to all the other mentors and students participating in the program that teaches kids how to build cars--from scratch.

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Amanda Schnieders
on April 08, 2014
Chamber of Commerce Experiments with Entrepreneurs

Not long ago, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce decided that it wanted to position the community as the most entrepreneurial city in America. And after almost three years, Kansas City is making strides to achieve this goal. This episode of "Top of Mind" highlights the "Access for Entrepreneurs"program, which is the initiative the Greater Kansas City Chamber is using to stake its claim.

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Thom Ruhe
on April 07, 2014
Reverse Pitch Connects Corporations With Entrepreneurs

Something extraordinary happened in Kansas City last Thursday. For the second year in a row, some of Kansas City's largest organizations participated in a reverse pitch. KCNext, the host and organizer, brought in a capacity crowd of over 200 entrepreneurs and other Global Entrepreneurship Week event participants. There were 65 events in Kansas City spread across a week and a half. But this event was different. This one was special.

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Nathan Kurtz
on November 25, 2013
New Team Member Tackles Kansas City Portfolio

Hi, I'm Nathan Kurtz, and I'm really excited to join the Entrepreneurship team this month at the Kauffman Foundation. There are a few questions I love asking new people I meet. It allows me to understand a little bit about who she/he is as a person. By way of introduction, here are a couple of those questions, with my answers.

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Nathan Kurtz
on September 23, 2013
Ewing Kauffman: A Founder's Legacy

In the month of September, we remember the birthday of our founder Ewing Marion Kauffman. From humble beginnings, Mr. Kauffman knew the fruits of hard work could change a person's journey through life. He believed the combination of an entrepreneurial ambition and an unconquerable determination could affect the economic welfare of a country - one entrepreneur at a time.

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Amanda Schnieders
on September 17, 2013
My Entrepreneurial Utopia
I was in my element last weekend at the Kansas City Maker Faire. This "Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth” celebrates the things people create and the people who create them. [More]
Thom Ruhe
on July 3, 2013
A Stroll through Startup Village
A lone startup that had set up shop in a house on a nondescript Kansas City block has some new neighbors. In less than one year—with the recent installation of Google Fiber serving as a potential catalyst—that same block is now home to a dense pocket of startup activity and has been duly dubbed the Kansas City Startup Village. [More]
Thom Ruhe
on May 20, 2013

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