A City Of Givers
Entrepreneurs in Kansas City can’t
say enough about how generous the
business community is when it comes
to taking meetings, networking, and
otherwise helping each other out. “The
mindset is ‘what can we invest in our city
to make it take of?’ rather than ‘What
am I going to get out of this?’” says Bo
Fishback, a serial entrepreneur who
recently moved his company, Zaarly,
from San Francisco to Kansas City.
Fishback, who became a board
member for Blooom in 2015 through
such eclectic networking, considers this
mindset “the secret sauce” that led to
Silicon Valley’s success.
Likewise, Faruk Capan counts fnding
“When you are a start-up, you think you are unique and alone, but when you
a local mentoring group – Helzberg
Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program
(HEMP) – as one of the best things to
happen to him soon after he started
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Intouch Solutions in 1999. In keeping
with the spirit of giving back, HEMP was
founded by Bill Helzberg, a successful
businessman who was inspired by his
own experience being mentored by Ewing Kaufman.
meet with others, you realize you all have the same problems and you help each
other solve them,” says Capan, who originally came from his native Turkey to
Missouri for an education. His company has now grown to 700 employees with
average annual revenue growth of 25 to 30 percent.
Such free and easy conversation can also lead to great business opportunities:
Blooom, for one, counts large local companies such as Cerner and AMC as some
of its frst customers for the corporate version of its service.
Low Costs, Big Benefts
Along with all the business reasons, Kansas City is attractive for another very
basic reason: it’s a nice place to live.
For starters, there’s a thriving arts and sports scene, with hip new cofee shops
and breweries popping up all the time. Even better, ofce space in the Kansas
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