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5 things the world can learn from KC entrepreneurs

This post originally appeared in Startland News.

This week, entrepreneurship is king in Kansas City.

As we welcome the world to our burgeoning tech hub during Techweek, it’s tempting to think that Kansas City’s startup community is a new phenomenon. But in fact, the names of the city fathers (and mothers) — the Kauffmans, Kempers, Blochs and Helzbergs — that adorn almost every public space in town have entrepreneurial roots that run deep.

The UMKC Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, where the Enterprise Center will be holding our next Venture Lounge event, seeks to highlight this heritage. The Techweek schedule offered a tour of the facility, but if you haven’t yet had a chance to visit, here’s an accounting of the important values that entrepreneurs around the world can look to learn from Kansas City’s most successful entrepreneurs. Read more

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Rick Vaughn: 7 roles your early stage board should be playing

This post originally appeared on Silicon Prairie News.

I often get asked about the role of a board of directors by both entrepreneurs and angels. I believe good boards can significantly and positively impact the growth of an early stage company.

The responsibility for that growth falls not just on the CEO and management team but the board as well.  In addition, the board ensures accountability and transparency and helps establish appropriate procedures, set milestones and assess performance among other things. Read more

Guest Post: 4 Google Analytics Metrics Every Business Owner Should Monitor

This guest post is written by Kevin Pike of Rank Fuse Analytics, an ECJC workshop presenter. To get more of Kevin’s insights in-person, register to attend his workshop on September 24th

Google Analytics can provide business owners with a lot of valuable information—but sometimes, it can feel like a little too much! Have you ever wondered what reports you should be looking at to get the best picture of how your business is performing? Perhaps you’re not sure how to tell if the SEO, social media, email, or digital advertising campaigns are actually succeeding. Or, maybe you are more ROI focused, and simply want to better understand revenues from marketing. Read more

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The difference between “brand decisions” and “business decisions”

Did you miss last week’s workshop on Brand Positioning with Grant Gooding? A local blogger recapped his experience and some interesting take-aways on DownHouseSoftware. Read more about what he thought was the most thought-provoking part of Grant’s presentation: Read more

5 ways to find out if startup life is right for you (without quitting your day job)

Are you entrepreneur material? You don’t have to quit your job to find out.

Taking the leap from a more structured environment to freedom and responsibility of entrepreneurship isn’t easy. When I think back to the day that I made the decision to quit my job and start a business, one of the things I most desperately wanted was a way to test the waters.

If you’re in the same state of mind, don’t worry. Today, there are a bevy of “startup intensives” that can give you the chance to try out the startup grind for a day, a weekend or a week at a time. These events, held frequently throughout the year, can help you decide if starting up is right for you.

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Guest Post: 10 SEO Tips For Startup Companies

This guest blog post comes to us from Phil Singleton of Kansas City SEO, an ECJC workshop presenter. To hear more of Phil’s expertise, keep an eye on our upcoming classes for one of his SEO workshops! 

 

Just because you’re a startup doesn’t mean you can ignore Google or search engine optimization. The right SEO strategy can propel your business to unimaginable heights.

Yet, tf you don’t have the right strategy early on, SEO is going to be an infuriating process.

This blog post will clarify the process of creating such a strategy. We’ll go through exactly what you need to do to create a winning outcome. By the end of this article you should know what needs to be done, and in what order.

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Mid-America Angels nominated for Silicon Prairie “Investor of the Year” Award

It’s that time of year–the time when entrepreneurs and supporters from across the Silicon Prairie gather to crown our greatest innovators and brightest stars.

This year, the Mid-America Angels investment network is honored to be one of five groups nominated for the Silicon Prairie News “Investor of the Year” award. We’ve been a mainstay capital provider and leader of many Silicon Prairie seed and Series A rounds since 2006. In less than ten years, MAA members have invested over $15 million in regional startups including EyeVerify, Aratana Therapeutics, Bulu Box, Rawxies and Zave and Rhythm Engineering. Read more

In its 20th year, ECJC makes big changes–inside and out

New brand identity, website and office location will help non-profit enhance capability to serve Kansas City’s entrepreneurial community

FAIRWAY, Kan. – (April 30, 2015) – The Enterprise Center in Johnson County (ECJC) revealed its new, updated brand identity and website this morning, following the organization’s relocation to 4220 Shawnee Mission Parkway. The ECJC is a non-profit organization, supported by funds from Johnson County, the State of Kansas and private donors that helps connect entrepreneurs to the resources they need to grow and scale early-stage businesses. In addition to offering affordable, flexible co-working space, the ECJC also offers advisory services, a mentoring program, educational programs and connections to capital.

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Talking to Angels and Whales

How to win over the right kind of investors for your innovative startup.

I often hear people say that raising money is hard. Frankly, it is intended to be. However, the process is harder than necessary when entrepreneurs aren’t well-versed in the capital markets and the mindsets of those who typically invest in early-stage businesses.

In fact, seeking out investors is often easier for an early-stage venture than it is for an established company. The key is to understand the different kinds of investors and what they want to see.

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Mid-America Angels investment network sets record pace in 2015

LENEXA, Kan. – (April 1, 2015) – The Mid-America Angels investment network (MAA) deployed over $870,000 in commercialization funding in Q1 of 2015. This puts MAA on pace to exceed the $2.3 million members of the network invested in six deals last year. MAA’s Q1 activity included a $696,000 investment in Olathe, Kan.-based TVAX Animal Health and a $178,000 investment, led by the Women’s Capital Connection, in Kansas City, Mo.-based Rawxies, a raw, vegan food product company.

“We’re proud to welcome two additional companies to our MAA portfolio, and look forward to working with the management teams of TVAX Animal Health and Rawxies to ensure both their continued growth and job growth in our region,” said George Hansen, President and CEO of the Enterprise Center of Johnson County (ECJC). The ECJC manages the Mid-America Angels network.

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