Adrienne B. Haynes is an attorney and business woman who specializes in helping entrepreneurs develop sustainable infrastructure and business practices. She is the managing partner of SEED Law, a boutique business law firm, and owner of SEED Collective, a consultancy. Adrienne uses over ten years of business and leadership experience to create legal and strategic planning solutions for her clients and to speak and write on topics relating to law and economic development.
Adrienne prioritizes community service through nonprofit representation and leadership, and she has participated in the founding of several nonprofits , including the Construction Business Institute, Multicultural Business Coalition and Black Female Attorneys network. She is a proud member of the Buena Vista University National Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Kansas City Startup Foundation Board of Directors, Linwood YMCA Community Mission Board, advisor to Front Porch Alliance and other nonprofit organizations, and a member of local bar associations.
Adrienne is a graduate of Buena Vista University, where she studied Entrepreneurship and Spanish, and of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law where she graduated with an emphasis in Entrepreneurial Law..
MBC Member Organizations are nonprofit or community based businesses formed to support a healthy, diverse business community. Membership in the Multicultural Business Coalition is a reaffirmation and a commitment to collaboration, professional development, and efforts to convene the business community. Visit the Member Features page for interviews of our Member Organizations or the Member Directory page for detailed contact information.
Angelene Grady’s 21-year career with the City of Kansas City, Missouri includes work in the Revenue Division enforcing the City’s tax laws, the Procurement Division working with City contracts and the Regulated Industries Division responsible for the City’s liquor & taxi laws among others. She currently works with the City Manager’s Office as a Business Advocate in the KCBizCare office which is a free business resource, advocacy and information center for new and existing businesses in Kansas City, MO. As a Business Advocate, Angelene meets with clients interested in starting, operating and expanding businesses in Kansas City, Missouri to determine the specific course of action necessary to their business’s success. Angelene’s work as Business Advocate also involves acting as a concierge between business owners and City departments as well as making presentations to non-profit organizations to share information about City programs and nonprofit resource partners’ seminars, classes and other offerings to those interested in business.
Angelene studied Computer Science at Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma where she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and later received a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Park University in Parkville, Missouri. Recently, Angelene attended and graduated from The University of Kansas Public Management Center’s Emerging Leaders Academy.
Angelene is honored to be a part of the Multicultural Business Coalition’s efforts to encourage and support a healthy multicultural business community.
The Community Council is MBC’s advisory board, comprised of business and community leaders who provide our membership with a deeper understanding of the community, economic development, and government issues and solutions impacting the business communities we serve. Community Council members receive first offers for innovative board and service opportunities, regular updates on the regional economies and have an opportunity to provide feedback on the current landscape’s research, programs and resources.
The Community Council is comprised of six subcommittees:
1. Street Team: Assist with welcoming businesses into the Kansas City community and sharing opportunities for community engagement.
2. Events and Education: Assist with planning and execution of events, volunteer and networking opportunities, and continuing education opportunities.
3. Membership: Assist with listserv and community building measures such as engagement in the quarterly meetings, networking events, and development of relationship building opportunities.
4. Wealth Development: For exploration of community wealth and creative commitments by applying frameworks such as the 8 Capitals of Wealth and helping to develop the Coalition's resources, including fundraising and strategy.
5. Regional Landscape: For exploration of regional partnerships, business trends, policy, research opportunities, etc.
6. Communications: Assist with marketing and outreach efforts to highlight the work of the Coalition, it's members, advisors, and sponsors.