The Enterprise Center in Johnson County is a non-profit organization that connects entrepreneurs with the resources they need to grow and scale.
We select local entrepreneurs in their early stages of development and provide them with support, financial education, mentoring, consulting and affordable work space to position them for venture development and commercialization.
Our mission is to stimulate business creation and employment in the region by providing resources and services to early stage, high-return, high-growth companies.
Meet Our Team
George Hansen joined the ECJC team in June 2013. Most recently, George was CEO of Zave Network, an online commerce company where he led the company through an acquisition by Google. He has also worked as a director of TGP Investments, CEO-level leadership roles at Midwest-based Corporate Lodging and CARSTAR. George has also held senior positions at Thorn EMI, PLC, Denny's Inc. and Wendy's International
Mr. Hansen has more than 30 years experience managing businesses in multiple industries in both North America and Europe. In addition to managing for exceptional growth, he has also been principally involved in a variety of transaction types, including acquisitions, de-mergers and exits in both the public and private markets.
A graduate of the University of Maine, George also holds a certificate in Management from Columbia University.
Melissa Roberts is the Marketing Director at the Enterprise Center of Johnson County and the President of Free State Strategy Group LLC. She has worked at the nexus of politics, marketing and community organizing for a decade.
20 Years of Entrepreneurial Success
For the past 20 years, the Enterprise Center in Johnson County has been a mainstay in Kansas City for entrepreneur resources. By providing affordable office space, consultation, mentoring, education and connections to capital, the ECJC has had a $1.4 billion impact on the regional economy. ECJC-assisted companies have created over 2,000 jobs, leveraged $261 million in debt and equity and generated over $200 million in sales revenues.
conducts study on startup economic development
Renamed Enterprise Center of Johnson County,
begins management of early-stage, equity risk
capital in Kansas City
Bi-State Investment Group and
Kansas Women's Business Center formed
Mid-America Angels investment network
First successful MAA exit:
Rush Tracking Systems acquired
listed in Inc. 500 | 5000
Second successful MAA exit:
Zave Networks acquired by Google
Another successful MAA exit:
Aratana Therapeutics IPOs
Enterprise Center in Johnson County rebrands,
relocates, begins mentoring program