Entrepreneurs, Start-Ups Encouraged to Apply for Pop-Up! Downtown KCK

pop-up! downtown kckExciting news! With the financial support of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Downtown Shareholders is pleased to announce the launch the second round of Pop-Up! Downtown KCK, a retail development initiative to enliven Downtown Kansas City, Kansas. Pop-Up! Downtown KCK matches select entrepreneurs with high-visibility, well-sited spaces at free or reduced rent, and provides an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to test a retail concept or determine whether Downtown KCK is a viable long-term location for their business. The goal of Pop-Up! Downtown KCK is to create a vibrant downtown that serves as a destination for Wyandotte County and greater Kansas City. Downtown Shareholders will achieve this goal by facilitating the short-term lease of vacant storefronts in Downtown KCK. Downtown Shareholders matches entrepreneurs looking to launch their business or test the downtown market on a short-term basis with property owners who have street-level storefront and office space available for occupancy.

All Pop-Up! Downtown KCK leases will be negotiated between the business owner and the respective landlord. Downtown Shareholders will encourage business and property owners to enter into long-term leases at the conclusion of the program. The second round of Pop-Up! Downtown KCK is expected to run through the holiday season, from approximately November 1 into the New Year, and possibly beyond. Businesses and properties will be vetted through a competitive RFP process, and may qualify for supporting funds from Downtown Shareholders and other sources.

Interested business owners and entrepreneurs are encouraged to submit a business proposal for consideration in Pop-Up! Downtown KCK. Please consult the request for proposals for full details and requirements. All proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, October 30, 2015.