entrepreneurship http://kbia.org en YEZ adding entrepreneurship aspect to program http://kbia.org/post/yez-adding-entrepreneurship-aspect-program <p>Youth Empowerment Zone is scheduled to have its first annual fashion show on September 23. YEZ is a program that focuses on teaching life skills needed to be successful in the business world. The fashion show will help distinguish what is and what is not appropriate for young adults to wear to a job interview. YEZ Director Lorenzo Lawson says that appearance is an important aspect of the interview process.</p><p></p><p>“We teach that you can’t go to an interview when you’ve got your pants sagging and you are showing all of your tattoos,” Lawson said.</p><p></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:55:08 +0000 Spencer Wilson 40471 at http://kbia.org How one enzyme manufacturer catalyzed success http://kbia.org/post/how-one-enzyme-manufacturer-catalyzed-success <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Researchers Katie and Brian Thompson of the University of Missouri took the plunge to start a company a few years ago.&nbsp; They relocated to the Missouri Innovation Center in Columbia, which provides them office space and mentorship support. The husband and wife team developed a technology that stabilizes enzymes.&nbsp; They created a platform technology, which has applications in many industries.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 17:26:05 +0000 Meredith Turk 30114 at http://kbia.org How one enzyme manufacturer catalyzed success Healthcare overhaul could change the way farmers access insurance http://kbia.org/post/healthcare-overhaul-could-change-way-farmers-access-insurance <p></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, we'll examine the Affordable Care Act's impact on farmers, and hear how one enzyme manufacturer was able to grow its business.</span></p></div><p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 15:35:19 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 30271 at http://kbia.org Healthcare overhaul could change the way farmers access insurance UMKC’s new ‘Digital Sandbox’ joins a growing list of startup incubators in Missouri http://kbia.org/post/umkc-s-new-digital-sandbox-joins-growing-list-startup-incubators-missouri <p>The University of Missouri-Kansas City's Innovation Center is starting a new program to help entrepreneurs build sustainable high-tech startups and create jobs.</p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon and top executives from Sprint, Hallmark, Cernert Corp. and other businesses will be at the university Friday to inaugurate the Digital Sandbox KC.</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:23:36 +0000 Scott Pham & Associated Press 28112 at http://kbia.org UMKC’s new ‘Digital Sandbox’ joins a growing list of startup incubators in Missouri From sketches to pitches at Startup Weekend http://kbia.org/post/sketches-pitches-startup-weekend <p>Last Friday, more than a hundred would-be entrepreneurs got together for an annual event called Startup Weekend. &nbsp;The fast paced, company building workshop brings big ideas down to earth in just 54 hours. &nbsp;125 participants with laptop and smartphones gather to build small, lean companies that might grow into something much bigger.</p><p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 18:06:47 +0000 Scott Pham & Janet Saidi 22345 at http://kbia.org From sketches to pitches at Startup Weekend Entrepreneurship increases in economic recession, new study says http://kbia.org/post/entrepreneurship-increases-economic-recession-new-study-says <p>Microsoft, Staples, and SouthWest Airlines.</p><p>What do these companies have in common? Yes, they&#39;re big companies, they employ a lot of people and they&#39;re successful. But here&#39;s one more thing--all of these companies were created in a period of economic downturn. &nbsp;The Fortune 500 is littered with stories like this.</p><p>Business Beat spoke with Maria Figueroa-Armijos who&#39;s one of the authors of a new study which suggests that certain types of entrepreneurs are on the rise and it&rsquo;s not in spite of the recession--it&rsquo;s because of it.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 23:06:24 +0000 Scott Pham 18578 at http://kbia.org Entrepreneurship increases in economic recession, new study says