What: 6th Annual U.S.SourceLink Conference
When: April 23–April 24, 2014
Where: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
1 Memorial Dr
Kansas City, MO 64198
Who: U.S.SourceLink affiliates, champions and resource partners
Bring your best champions of small business development to Kansas City to learn how to bring renewed vigor and vitality to your entrepreneurial community. From startup villages to citywide initiatives to turbo-charged tips for your U.S.SourceLink applications, we are designing an agenda that will foster and fortify your success.
Registration for the 2014 Conference is now open. You can register here.
A special room rate of $119 per night has been set up at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center.
We're still working on the agenda, but we've lined up some great speakers for this year. Tameka Montgomery, associate administrator at U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development
Tameka Montgomery manages the agency’s counseling and training programs, which serve more than 1.5 million entrepreneurs and small businesses nationwide. Montgomery brings a unique perspective to her role, having served as executive director of the nationally recognized Denver Metro Small Business Development Center.
Tammy Edwards¸ vice president and community affairs officer for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Edwards is the lead on promoting community development and fair access to financial products throughout the seven states of the Tenth Federal Reserve District: Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Colorado, northern New Mexico and western Missouri. Dino Signore, manager of entrepreneurial education for the Edward Lowe Foundation in Cassopolis, Mich.
An expert on second-stage entrepreneurs, Signore has been providing insights to CEOs and peer groups for more than 12 years. Kevin McGinnis, vice president for development and operations at Pinsight Media+ at Sprint
McGinnis has been leading the charge to engage the corporate community with entrepreneurs in Kansas City. In addition to overseeing TechStars and the Sprint Accelerator, McGinnis leads all aspects of product management, product and platform development, operations and technical strategy for Sprint's division focusing on emerging business lines - advertising, analytics, and commerce.
Alana Muller, president of Kauffman FastTrac, expert on networking, and author of Coffee Lunch Coffee: A Practical Field Guide for Master Networking
FastTrac® is a global provider of training to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs, giving them the tools, resources and networks to start and grow successful businesses.
Maria Meyers, founder of U.S.SourceLink
Meyers is one of the leading experts in building entrepreneurial ecosystems. Her breakthrough research in defining the four quadrants of entrepreneurship has been recognized by the Kauffman Foundation with a Sketchbook video, Connect the Dots.
Chris Vukas, senior lending program officer at Greater Kansas City LISC
Vukas has been instrumental in the planning and development of a new loan fund for the Kansas City market, based on new market tax credits. Vukas oversees all of LISC’s investment activity, including origination, documentation, risk analysis, portfolio and pipeline monitoring, and loan restructuring.
Ruben Alonso, executive director of the Kansas City Missouri CDE
Alonso is responsible for the overall administration, management and ongoing development of the organization and its economic development programs which are focused on financing investments in Kansas City's most economically distressed communities. He has been working to bring CDFI-backed programs to the market.
Steve Radley, president and CEO of the Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship, also known as NetWork Kansas
Radley’s work experience centers on business development and taking products and businesses from startup to maturity. He brings a creative approach to state economic development efforts and has opened up new opportunities for rural communities and entrepreneurs.
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