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

Angel Network Hitting Full Stride

EDC affiliate the Northland Angel Investor Network is starting to make a big difference for both investors and entrepreneurs. Read More.

Networking Opportunities Expand

Two EDC-related gatherings each month are among the growing collection of networking opportunities in the area. Read More.

Northland Healthcare Changes Draw Attention

A recent article focused on changes to the area's healthcare environment that may just be starting. Read More.

Kearney Leader Bill Dane Dies

Passing of the longtime Kearney mayor and community leader represents a great loss for the region. Read More.

Smithville Names New City Administrator

Cynthia Wagner has been named city administrator to one of Clay County's fastest growing community. Read More.

Clay County Banks Listed Among Region's Top Institutions

Two Clay County banks were recently named in recognition of area's strongest institutions. Read More.

Cerner Adds New Contract to Its List of Defense-Related Efforts

Clay County-based Cerner Corporation recently signed a contract with the Coast Guard as it continues to pursue a multi-billion-dollar effort with the Department of Defense. Read More.

Saint Luke's North Gains New Designation

Saint Luke's North Hospital has been certified as a Primary Stroke Center. Read More.

EDC Moves to New Location

Don't forget, the Clay County Economic Development Council has moved to new offices.

Located in the new iWerx North in Gladstone, the space is part of growing Downtown Gladstone that features Linden Square and the Northland Innovation Campus. The move will allow several EDC-related initiatives to be located under one roof: the EDC, Midwest Small Business Finance and the Northland Angel Investor Network.

Be sure to update your records for the new EDC address: 7001 N Locust St., Gladstone, MO 64118.

SBA Rates Offer Long-Term, Low Interest

The SBA 504 Loan rates for April are 5.1 percent for the 10-year loans and 5.0 for the 20-year loans. Both are bargains for long-term, fixed-rate business capital.

If you're starting or expanding a business, SBA 504 loans are hard to beat for both borrowers and traditional lenders – especially when you work with the customer-friendly staff at Midwest Small Business Finance.

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

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7001 N Locust ST STE, Gladstone MO 64118

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