here's this month's news wrap-up from the Clay County EDC:

Help Recognize Top Developments for 2016 Keystone Awards

Nominations are still open for the 2016 Keystone Recognition Awards. If you know a great building or development project, take a moment to nominate them for deserved recognition. Read More.

Angel Network Offers Profitable Opportunities for Investors

As it begins to hit full stride, the Northland Angel Investor Network offers great opportunities for investors as well as small businesses and entrepreneurs. Read More.

Sub-Committee Promoting Opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing

Everyone knows U.S. manufacturing has declined in recent decades, but advanced manufacturing is developing rapidly. An EDC sub-committee is working to ensure students and parents know about this growing field. Read More.

New EDC Staff Helps Local Businesses Thrive

The EDC's new Business Retention Specialist Julie Lewis understands that existing businesses are a priority in any successful economic development effort. Read More.

Look North Breakfast Honors Leaders, Views New Development Strategies

Economic development author, planner and leader Joy Wilkins cited 2016 award recipients Deb Hermann and Kirk Davis as examples of effective leadership needed for growth in today's environment. Read More.

Northland Coffee Connect Moves to New Location

The weekly small business and entrepreneurial event is now centered at iWerx in North Kansas City. Read More.

Clay County Opportunities Cited in Forbes Online

Clay County was noted as a top example of investment opportunities in the nation's heartland. Read More.

Dr. and Mrs. Sizemore Honored in West Virginia

Former EDC Director of Business Development Dr. Christian Sizemore and his wife, Anne Mills Sizemore, were recently honored by Alderson Broaddus University. Read More.

Hunt Growth Spurred by Autos and IT

One of Clay County's largest "spec" developments is ready for expansion thanks to increasing demand for auto and information technology businesses. Read More.

Clay County Boasts Positive Employment Picture

Recent information from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics showed a positive picture for Clay County. Read More.

Residential Growth Looks Good

Clay County was among the leaders in Greater Kansas City for residential growth according to recently released information from the Kansas City Homebuilders Association. Read More.

Lunch Connection Set for Nov. 22

The EDC co-hosts a monthly networking Lunch Connection the fourth Tuesday of each month at Trezo Mare, 4105 N. Mulberry Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64116.

Co-hosted with the Riverside Area Chamber of Commerce and Briarcliff Business Park Association, the next meeting will be Nov. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Participants pay for their own lunch. RSVPs are requested to

Moderate Increases for SBA 504 Rates

The October SBA 504 Loan interest rates were 4.26 percent for the 20-year loan and 4.29 percent for the 10-year. Both were up slightly from September.

For further information, contact Midwest Small Business Finance at (816) 468-4989 or visit

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1251 NW Briarcliff Parkway, Suite 25, Kansas City, MO 64116
Phone: (816) 468-4989 • Fax: (816) 587-1996