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Quarterly Workshop Excelsior Springs
Quarterly Workshop

February 22, 2019

February 22, 2019 
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Elms Hotel & Spa
401 Regent Street
Excelsior Springs, MO

In today’s dialogue, the entrepreneurial ecosystem often gets the most visibility, as it combines the organic passion of a community and its entrepreneurs with the ideas that spring from that passion. According to the Kauffman Foundation. “Entrepreneurial ecosystems drive local economic vibrancy and national economic growth by building fertile environments for new and growing companies to thrive.”

Entrepreneurial ecosystems comprise many players: innovators, investors, policy makers, and more. They grow out of organic passion, often led by entrepreneurs themselves. No one organization or person “creates” an ecosystem. In fact, you can’t actually create an entrepreneurial ecosystem. So that is the bad news.

Don’t despair. Because there is really good news: you can create conditions in which entrepreneurs choose to innovate and this workshop will help your community do that.

Register below using the Sign Up button or download a printable flyer with registration form: Quarterly Workshop Flyer 

Maria E. Meyers is the executive director of the UMKC Innovation Center and founder of SourceLink. SourceLink has consulted with more than 100 different organizations on building entrepreneurial infrastructure, providing research, goal-setting support and evidence-based best practices. MOSourceLink links together more than 500 nonprofit business–building organizations to increase their visibility, value and impact for Missouri’s startups and small businesses. Maria has more than 20 years of experience in creating successful companies in the high technology, biotechnology, manufacturing and museum industries. She's lived through the struggles of launching a startup, turning it into a small business, and sustaining its growth. 

Kate Pope Hodel is project director at KCSourcelink and has successfully launched the SourceLink model in many cities across the country. She has an extensive knowledge of entrepreneurship programs, dating from 25 years in the field. Hodel was the first director of marketing for the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (part of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation) and also served as director of Kansas City entrepreneurship initiatives for the Kauffman Foundation. 

Erik Pedersen is the vice president of entrepreneurship for NetWork Kansas and is responsible for all aspects of the acclaimed rural Entrepreneurship (E-) Community Partnership.  E-Communities use local leadership teams to direct activities designed to cultivate an entrepreneurial environment through: a) overseeing a locally controlled loan fund to assist entrepreneurs with capital, b) identifying and engaging with resources to help entrepreneurs start or grow, and c) implementing programs and initiatives to accelerate startups, facilitate transitions and assist or accelerate existing businesses.   

The Elms Hotel & Spa, 401 Regent Street, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024, $109-$129. Mention Main Street room block for rate. Reservations 816-630-5500 or elmshotelandspa.com 

For additional hotel/B&B accommodations, go to visitexcelsior.com

Registration Fees through February 8, 2019:
    $100 per person for Missouri Main Street Members
    $200 per person for non-members

Beginning February 9th, add $25 per person.

All cancellations/refund request must be submitted in writing or via email. Cancellations after February 18th are not refundable.

AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this activity. 





This quarterly workshop is AIA CES Approved for the AIA Continuing Education System ( CESs) for American Institute of Architects (AIA) in the amount of five credits. 

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