Secret Weapon for Entrepreneurs: Northland Coffee Connect

For small business owners and anyone interested in local news, the best-kept secret may be the weekly Northland Coffee Connect.

Sponsored by the Clay County Economic Development Council and the North Kansas City Business Council, the free event showcases local small businesses and those who support them, offering informative success stories and insights.

The weekly sessions are also lively networking events where coffee is provided by the host while entrepreneurs share their stories. There is much to learn from each one – why they decided to start a business, the struggles, and successes they have had and lessons learned along the way.

Recent programs are good examples. On March 13, Director Ashley Muffitt outlined the large range of resources and services available for entrepreneurs through the Square One Small Business and Career Service Program at Mid-Continent Public Library. One week later, Megan Sahlfeld, Clay County Tourism and Marketing manager, talked about her own small business and the county efforts to expand tourism. And on March 27, John Miller, Jr., recalled his start in commercial property more than 40 years ago and how he now has a diverse portfolio of more than one million square feet.

Rich Groves, director of the North Kansas City Business Council, recently described the impressive list of 31 presenters over the event’s 10-year history. Businesses range from healthcare providers to vintage music and IT providers. Not surprisingly, several are from North Kansas City, including some that are part of that city’s entertainment trend like Chicken N Pickle and Cinder Block Brewing. Others come from other Clay County locations, like the newly remodeled Oak Ridge Family Social Club located near Stroud’s.

Many of these events are held at iWerx, 1520 Clay Street in North Kansas City. Others take place at the business locations and offer tours of these entrepreneurial successes. 

For information on upcoming Coffee Connects, to request mailing-list updates or to be a presenter, email Rich Groves at richard@nkcbusinesscouncil.com.

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