Entrepreneurship


Bloch Family Keeps Giving, $21M Donation Goes to UMKC

Henry Bloch may have died earlier this year, but the H&R Block co-founder's spirit lives on in the world of philanthropy. The Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation is giving $21 million to the University of Missouri-Kansas City Foundation, focused… more

Kelly, Parson Sign Border War Agreement

Businesses expecting special tax incentives to make a move from South Kansas City to Overland Park, or from Lee's Summit to Lenexa, are out of luck. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and Missouri Gov. Mike Parson just signed an agreement between… more

Gov. Parson Has a Democratic Challenger

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway, a Democrat, has put her hat in the ring to challenge Republic Gov. Mike Parson for the office in the August of 2020 election. Galloway, from Columbia, late last month publicly asked Parson to take… more

Topeka Chosen For Animal Health/Ag Tech Accelerator Program

Plug and Play, a Silicon Valley-based firm that provides venture capital funds to startups, and had a role in the growth of Dropbox, PayPal and other ventures, named Topeka a startup accelerator city in the areas of animal health and… more

C2FO Completes $200M Funding Round

C2FO, a Leawood-based financial-technology firm, has secured a $200-million round of funding led by Toyko-based SoftBank, which owns a significant portion of Sprint, as well as major stakes in WeWork and Uber. C2FO, through a system of algorithms, pairs companies… more

From Neurosurgeon to NASA: Enduralock Founder Flies High

A small Lenexa-based engineering-solutions firm is quickly grabbing the attention of some very big players. Enduralock, which makes industrial fasteners, was recently named a winner of NASA's iTech Cycle I forum, which recognizes innovative companies that provide solutions for both… more

Langenkamp Out at EDCKC

Robert Langenkamp is stepping down as president and chief executive officer of the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, effective July 8. His interim replacement is Greg Flisram, senior vice president of business and real estate development, who has been… more

Flooded Missouri Small Businesses Eligible for Fed Funds

The damaging floods in the region seem never ending this year, and property owners have certainly felt the pain.  For some small-business owners in the Kansas City, Mo., region, though, some of that might be abated. Non-farm and non-agricultural small… more

Building a Recession-Proof Business … Just In Case

[caption id="attachment_22223" align="alignleft" width="480"] From left: HealthJoy's Dorfman, Swell Spark's Baysinger, PayIT's Gordon and Andy Rieger.[/caption] Legitimate tariff-strife aside, by most economic measures, the economy doesn't look like it's going to face a major recession the likes of 2008 any… more

Kansas City Legend Henry Bloch Dead at 96

Henry Bloch with daughters Liz Uhlmann and Mary Jo Brown, when he was recognized as Ingram's Philanthropist of the Year in December 2017. A Champion of Business and Philanthropic Causes H&R Block announced today that co-founder Henry Bloch had died… more