Department of Commerce
Major Service Providers Include:
UMB Bank, Douglass Bank are SBA participating lenders who can provide SBA 7 (a) guaranty loans to finance a variety of business needs
Center for Business Innovations, an SBA microlender, provides loans up to $25,000 along with pre- and post- loan technical assistance
Citywide Development Corporation is an SBA Certified Development Company that will provide SBA 504 loans for fixed asset financing. Section 504 loans are specifically tied to projects which will generate jobs or other economic benefits
The Small Business Development Center at Rockhurst College will provide in-depth Business counseling and technical assistance, such as business plan preparation, marketing studies, and inventory control. SBDCs are a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community, and federal, state and local governments
The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) will provide retired business person volunteers to share their management and technical expertise and experience with prospective and present business owners and managers
Financing and Loans (Business financing at one location; Micro Loan Programs, Economic Development Loan Programs, Private Sector Bank Loans and U. S. Small Business Administration Loan guarantee programs);
Training (Prebusiness workshops are held, tax and other seminars);
Research (An extensive library has over 500 business references as well as videos and other materials)
Computers/Software (Computer technology is available, as well as an Electronic Bulletin Board, Data-bases and on-line information exchange)
Counseling (Counselors from SCORE, the Center for business innovation, small business development centers and private sector business, including banks are available)
The SBA Public Relations office and the Federal Executive Board (FEB) Public Relations Director sent out press releases, and arranged public service announcements for t.v. and radio. They also arranged appearances for the SBA Director on t.v. talk shows and the SBA Administrator in press conferences and on talk shows (2).
It was important for the FEB to serve as the catalyst to bring the agencies together to make this concept operational.
PHONE: (913) - 371 - 6007
FAX: (913) - 371 - 6580