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Two upcoming programs offer excellent opportunities for growth.

KC FED: FREE CONFERENCE FOR TAKING BIZ TO NEXT LEVEL

Biz Smart Day, a full, free-admission day of networking, workshops and information on leveraging professional certifications and doing business with large corporations, will be held Wed., Nov. 20 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Conference Center.

The event is open to anyone in the region. Plan to attend if you’re in these areas: buyers & corporate procurement teams; purchasing & supplier diversity executives; minority suppliers; B2B industry suppliers; or emerging entrepreneurs.

The event runs 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is free, but registration is required. Visit www.kansascityfed.org/events/2019/bizsmartday2019.

Workshops include info on landing corporate contracts, scaling up your company, getting lines of credit, planning for pitch meetings, adopting technology, and more with guest executives.

APPLY NOW: SCALEUP! KC TO COACH BIZ OWNERS

Many business owners have difficulty transitioning from running their businesses to focusing on growing their businesses. For four months, ScaleUP! Kansas City immerses entrepreneurs in courses and collisions that will connect them with a high caliber network of peers, resources and mentors and change the trajectory of their businesses.

ScaleUP!’s next session runs Jan. 30 - May 21. Applications for the upcoming session are being accepted through Dec. 15; decisions will be sent out by 5 p.m. Dec. 20. Apply at https://sbtdc.umkc.edu/scaleup-application. Up to 15 Kansas City-based companies will be chosen. The program is free.

To be eligible, applicants must be leaders of a firm that has been in business for at least two years and has at least two employees. The company must have annual sales of more than $200,000 and a strong market that can generate more than $1 million.

ScaleUP! KC offers one-on-one coaching, expert speakers and peer roundtables to help business owners: forecast revenue and expenses, create value, carve a niche market, hire the right employees for growth, formulate an exit strategy, and evolve from manager to leader.

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