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The Multicultural Business Coalition (MBC) is honored to host the MBC Tour Week April 8-13, a week of curated programming hosted by the Coalition’s members. This week-long tour is designed to provide practical business education, connections and contracting opportunities, and strategic resources for Kansas City’s diverse business, professional, and entrepreneurial communities. From policy conversations, procurement events, and networking opportunities, there are resources for everyone. Please feel free to click the hyperlinks to register for the event of your choice.

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Bit by Bit: Understanding the Impact of Data Analytics on Fundraising Success with The Association of Fundraising Professionals
Location:  Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110)
Data Analytics is all around us – in our finances, the cars we drive, and even influences the shows we watch and music we listen to. For years, major corporations and mom & pop businesses alike have used analytics to track customer behaviors and maximize profits – and it’s no different in the world of fundraising. Data analytics techniques, including advanced statistics and machine learning, can be used to monitor and optimize a wide variety of processes within prospect development. During this presentation, Andy Schultz, Director of Analytics at Bentz Whaley Flessner will cover a number of important emerging trends in fundraising analytics and provide actionable tips on how your organization can raise more money and create efficiencies by leveraging the power of data. This informative & interactive session will include topics on forecasting, predictive modeling, unlocking social media data, advanced machine learning algorithms, and optimizing prospect research.
Contact: Reid Samuel
              reidsamuelgt@gmail.com

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Co-working with Eastside Collaborative
Location: Plexpod Westport  (300 E 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111)
Feel free to join us at a designated location each weekday of the MBC Tour Week for a comfortable working space with snacks, coffee, and internet connection. This is a great place to work in between events.
Contact: Mimi Robinson
              mimirobinsononline@gmail.com
              (713) 299-2902

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
1 Million Cups Kansas City - Hosted by MBC Tour Week
Location: 300 E. 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111
As a program of the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups works with entrepreneurs, empowering them with the tools and resources to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses. Mr. Kauffman believed it was a fundamental right for anyone who had a big idea to be able to bring it to life—and we're here to fulfill that mission.
Contact: Kyle Smith
              kylejsmith.37@gmail.com

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Exploring Opportunity Zones with The Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Location: Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (2657 Independence Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64124)
Participants will learn about the benefits of utilizing Opportunity Zone incentives applied to residential and commercial development projects with Northeast Kansas City and other urban Kansas City locations. Economic development staff from Representative Cleaver's Office and other KC professionals will lead this interactive discussion.
Contact: Michael Spady
              mike.indieavecid@gmail.com
              (816) 231-3312

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Embezzlement and Financial Fraud: It Could Happen to You with The Metropolitan Community College
Location: MCC Supplier Diversity ( 3200 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111)
Join the Metropolitan Community College at "Embezzlement and Financial Fraud: It Can Happen to You" featuring Cheryl Obermiller of Obermiller Construction!
In Cheryl's presentation, you will learn:
• The 3 most important things every business owner should do daily
• The tell-tale signs of existing financial fraud
• How to protect the FraudPoints - areas vulnerable to fraud and embezzlement – in your business
Contact: Chris Kelly

               chris.kelly@mcckc.edu
               816-604-1106

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Slanguage with Project United Knowledge
Location:Plexpod Westport Commons (300 E 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111)
Slanguage is a workshop for startup and small business owners to better understand the financial language for their business. Project United Knowledge & Business Credit Works will discuss how founders can be more savvy to speak with angel investors, creditors, or alternative lenders.
Contact: Quest Moffat
quest@puklabs.com
816-209-9256

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Leveraging Your License: A Conversation on Medical Marijuana with SEED Law, LLC.
Location: Diastole Scholar's Center 
The opening of the medical marijuana industry in Missouri has already increased the number of entrepreneurs in our state. Join the attorneys of SEED Law, a representative from the State of Missouri, members of the medical community for a conversation on the amendment’s impact on the business and medical community, and how to navigate the regulations to build a strong company in the industry.
Contact: Christian Sardis
              events@seed.legal
              (816) 838-4323


Thursday, April 11th, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Co-working with Eastside Collaborative
Location: CHES, Inc. (3125 Gillham Plaza, Kansas City, MO 64109)
Feel free to join us at a designated location each weekday of the MBC Tour Week for a comfortable working space with snacks, coffee, and internet connection. This is a great place to work in between events.
Contact: Mimi Robinson
              mimirobinsononline@gmail.com
              (713) 299-2902

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Construction & Real Estate Development Incentives Review with MBC and the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, MO
Location Union Station Kansas City (30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108)
The Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri (EDCKC) is a recognized economic development leader. With a mission to attract and retain businesses domestically and internationally, the EDCKC serves as a resource and advocate to cultivate the competitiveness of business locating or expanding to the City of Kansas City, Missouri.
The EDCKC serves as a liaison between City departments, businesses, and the development community and works with state and local partners to provide resources for public investment programs, credits, loans and grants to new businesses, small businesses and expanding companies. Join us for breakfast to meet the EDCKC team and a review on how to navigate the programs and incentives available to your business.
Contact: Kimberlyn Jones
              kjones@edckc.com
              (816) 691-2140


10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Sales & Marketing In Your Business with KCBizCare
Location: Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Center (3700 Blue Parkway Kansas City, MO 64130)
KCBizCare is the Business Customer Service Center for the City of Kansas City, Mo. This workshop takes a deep dive into how sales and marketing work together in your business, including the major differences between the two disciplines. At the end of this workshop, you will have actionable items for your Marketing Teams and your Sales Team, including ideas and strategies as to how they two teams can work together to maximize results and ultimately, revenue.

This workshop will be taught by Ryann Dowdy, Founder of Uncensored Consulting, who is a Sales Coach for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses. Having grown four sales organizations inside marketing companies, Ryann has a unique perspective on both sales and marketing. With 15 years of experience in sales, leading and training sales teams, and building entire sales processes and systems, Ryann is passionate about helping business owners drive revenue in their business.
Contact: Angelene Grady
              kcbizcare@kcmo.org
              (816) 691-2140

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The Year of Inspiration with The Porter House KC
Location: CHES, Inc. (3125 Gillham Plaza Kansas City, MO 64109)
The Porter House KC is proud to host an event for the Multicultural Business Coalition Tour Week, discussing our "Why." This is a chance to get to know more about us and what we have in store for the future.
Contact: Dan Smith
              danielc.smith@outlook.com

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Construction Update & Happy Hour with Builders’ Association
Location: JE Dunn Headquarters (1001 Locust Street Kansas City, MO 64106)
A healthy and diverse construction and real estate industry is key to Kansas City’s long term growth. Join The Builders’ Association, The Construction Business Institute, and JE Dunn for a construction industry update, business resources, and networking.
Contact: Don Greenwell
              dgreenwell@buildersassociation.com
              (816) 531-4741


5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
April B2B Networking Event with The Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

Location: 2001 NE Parvin Rd, Kansas City, MO 64116, USA

Join the Mid-America GLCC for the April B2B Network! The April B2B Network will be held on Thursday, April 11th, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. This month's B2B Network will be held at Synergy Services' Youth Resiliency Center, located 10 minutes north of downtown at 2001 NE Parvin Road, Kansas City, MO 64116. The April B2B Network is being co-hosted by First Missouri Bank.
Free for Mid-America GLCC Members and MBC Tour Week Participants with code "MBC" at registration
Contact: Lolly Cerda
              LCERDA@shb.com
              (816) 474-3558


Friday, April 12th, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Co-working with Eastside Collaborative
Location: Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (30 W Pershing Rd #301, Kansas City, MO 64108)
Feel free to join us at a designated location each weekday of the MBC Tour Week for a comfortable working space with snacks, coffee, and internet connection. This is a great place to work in between events.
Contact: Mimi Robinson
              mimirobinsononline@gmail.com
              (713) 299-2902

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Global Ties MBC Tour Week Networking Breakfast
Location: North East Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (2657 Independence Ave, Kansas City, MO 64124)
Join Global Ties KC for the opportunity to learn about Egypt and these leaders, as well as exchange knowledge. The event will begin with breakfast and networking, then will switch gears at 8:30am to allow each delegate to speak about themselves, their work, and to answer questions from the audience.
WHO THEY ARE
These leaders will be in Kansas City to learn about successful approaches to urban planning and to examine ways Kansas City is implementing community-driven solutions in the design and maintenance of infrastructure systems in urban areas. The delegation includes an Architectural Heritage Consultant from the Alexandra Library, Economics Reporter, Al Ahram Almassaei Newspaper, Editors from Progrss.com and Akher Saa Magazine, and the Director of the National Organization of Urban Harmony.
Contact: Courtney Brooks
               cbrooks@globaltieskc.org
               (816) 421-4242

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
BBB At-A-Glance with The Better Business Bureau of Kansas City
Location: The Better Business Bureau of Greater Kansas City (8080 Ward Parkway Suite 401 Kansas City, MO 64114)\
Meet BBB staff, learn about benefits and value of accreditation, from how to maximize profiles for great customer impressions, to training and networking events, and other resources available to help businesses succeed.
Contact: Jennifer McGlothen    
               jennifer@kansascity.bbb.org
              (816) 421-7800

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Workshop on Implicit Bias with The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Location: KC Chamber Board Room (Union Station 30 W. Pershing Rd.Kansas City, MO 64118)
During working lunch sessions, experts will lead you through topics such as implicit bias, hiring and promoting minorities, and understanding a supplier diversity program.
Implicit Bias:
We all come from different backgrounds, and that creates unique strengths that we can bring to the workplace. We can also bring our own limited view, known as implicit bias. This session is designed to help recognize implicit bias, understand how it impacts the workplace, and how to implement strategies to reduce implicit bias. Led by George Williams of Renaissance Solutions.  
Contact: Greg Valdovino
              valdovino@kcchamber.com
              (816) 221-2424

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Get to Know Your Chambers with AltCap
Location: Plexpod Westport Commons (300 E 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111)

Join AltCap and our partners at KC Chamber, KCK Chamber and the Hispanic Chamber to learn more about the amazing services they provide and how they can help grow your business network.
Contact: Davin Gordon
              davin@altcap.org
              (816) 216-1851

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Networking Happy Hour with Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council
Location: CHES, Inc. (3125 Gillham Rd. Kansas City, MO)
Join the Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council for an enriching networking event!
Contact: Marvin Lyman
               marvin@mpmsdc.org
               (816) 221-4200

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Bosses Who Brunch The Grid (12022 Blue Valley Pkwy, Overland Park, KS 66213)
The impact of women-lead businesses, organizations, and causes in Kansas City and on our country continues to rise. In order to continue this trend, it’s more important than ever to have a strong network and community of female founders in our region. Join the Multicultural Business Coalition and other women-focused organizations for a relaxing and pampering brunch to celebrate our accomplishments and each other.
Contact: Christian Sardis
              events@seed.legal
              (816) 838-4323



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Monday, April 8th, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Co-working with Eastside Collaborative at The Black Archives of Mid-America
Location:1722 E 17th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64106
Feel free to join us at a designated location each weekday of the MBC Tour Week for a comfortable working space with snacks, coffee, and internet connection. This is a great place to work in between events.
Contact: Mimi Robinson
    mimirobinsononline@gmail.com
   (713) 299-2902
       
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
MBC Presents Policy & Power Lunch: Leveraging Your Political Power 
Location: The Black Archives of Mid-America (1722 E 17th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64106)
Business owners have a significant hand in the economic growth of a community, and this conversation will highlight how and where to use this experience to impact local, state, and even national policies. From Policy 101 to existing initiatives to get involved with, we’ll show you how to best engage policymakers and elected officials, and leave with tactics to help ensure your voice is heard.
This conversation will be followed by the opportunity to do a one on one consultation with representatives from the Women’s Business Development Center, Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council, and others.
Contact: Christian Sardis
              events@seed.legal
             (816) 838-4323

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Certification Session Q&A with MBC & The Women’s Business Development Center
Location: The Black Archives of Mid-America (1722 E 17th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64106)
The process to obtain a business certification to be recognized as an MBE, WBE, SLBE, DBE, or VBE can leave an owner with several questions. Join us for an overview of how to obtain and leverage a business certification, and to talk with certified business owners and representatives of local, state, and national certifying agencies.
Contact: Christian Sardis
              events@seed.legal
              (816) 838-4323

5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The 7th Semi-Annual Multicultural Business Coalition Social Hour
Location: The Black Archives of Mid-America (1722 E 17th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64106)
Come celebrate MBC Tour Week at the 7th Multicultural Business Coalition Social Hour on Monday, April 8th from 5:30-8:30 pm. We’ll be honoring three outstanding businesses with awards, introducing our new Community Council, and reviewing the week’s schedule of events. Join us to network with Kansas City’s most innovative thought leaders, 200+ diverse business owners and professionals, and the entrepreneurial resources partners that help grow our city.
Includes:
2 drink vouchers
1 professional headshot
Priceless Networking Opportunities
Contact: Christian Sardis
              events@seed.legal
              (816) 838-4323

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
 
8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
The Adaptive Leader with Central Exchange and SkillPath
Location: Central Exchange (1020 Central St, Kansas City, MO 64105)
In The Adaptive Leader, you’ll explore the concepts of adaptive leadership and teambuilding and find out how to make them an integral part of your management toolkit. You’ll learn:
How to recognize different leadership styles, which one you tend to favor and why
How the adaptive model works and why it helps increase team performance and engagement
Why adapting your leadership style to the needs of your team drives achievement
Contact: Kaylah Perry
              kaylah@centralexchange.org
              (816) 471-7560

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Co-working with Eastside Collaborative
Location: Central Exchange (1020 Central St, Kansas City, MO 64105)
Feel free to join us at a designated location each weekday of the MBC Tour Week for a comfortable working space with snacks, coffee, and internet connection. This is a great place to work in between events.
Contact: Mimi Robinson
              mimirobinsononline@gmail.com
             (713) 299-2902
 
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Tech, Toys, & Talk with Kansas City Kansas Community College
Location: Entrepreneurship & Workforce Center (6565 State Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas 66102)
This inner city resource partner will surprise you with the technology they have! Their access to toys, (large and small) can help small manufacturers get a good start as well as assist entrepreneurs in general. Additionally, subject matter experts on manufacturing and other start-up topics will be available for you to talk with regarding your own specific needs. Feel free to take a tour of our facility and see our equipment, virtual goggles/software, CNC machines, lathes, robotic welder,3-D printers, faro scanners and so much more! Make sure to get advice from the subject matter experts, then dream…just make sure you wake up and make something happen!
Contact: Alicia Hooks
              ahooks@kckcc.edu
              (913) 288-7284

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Doing Business with Major Organizations in KC with The Asian American Chamber of Commerce
Location: The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (1 Memorial Dr. Kansas City, MO 64198)
Join us to learn about the procurement/supplier diversity programs at various major organizations in the Kansas City area.
Participating organizations include Cerner, Epiq Global, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Hallmark, Metropolitan Community College, and UMB.
Contact: Arieyani Hartono
              aacckc@asianchamberkc.com
              (913) 338-0774

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Courageous Leadership: Chasing Your Passion with The National Black MBA Association and Project United Knowledge
Location: Plexpod Westport Commons (300 E. 39th Street Kansas City, MO 64111)
There are times when a leader must make a decision on if they are to leap into a new venture or continue to grow where they are planted. During this event, The National Black MBA Association alongside Project United Knowledge will address the concepts necessary for an individual to become an entrepreneur and what resources are available. Panelists include  Quest Moffat and Rebecca Dove at Project UK, Kim Randolph, CEO Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce, Shelley Coulter, Author and Founder of One Touch Leader, and I don’t have a confirmation from Elena Gann from the Kansas City, Kansas Entrepreneurship and Workforce Center.
Contact: Dr. Mozella Dyer
              kcmbapres@gmail.com

 


Thank you to our sponsors and member organizations for making this amazing week possible!