Newsletter Spotlight from Chuck - September 12, 2017

September 12 newsletter_popup and dashkckGood day. We hope this issue finds you and yours are doing well. I will go straight to good news. We are thrilled to share that DTSKCK is partnering with the Kansas Small Business Development Center and local Workforce Partnership to help entrepreneurs prepare to test and hopefully then launch their ventures.

As stated previously in this space, DTSKCK is expanding our Pop-Up Business Program thanks to a grant from Local Initiatives Support Corporation, LISC, KC MO. The grant will allow us to control the space in which entrepreneurs can test a concept, product, and location. A controlled space has been the largest obstacle in expanding the program and thanks to LISC, that obstacle will be overcome.

An obvious additional consideration is recruiting entrepreneurs who are ready and prepared to test the market. Recently I met with Elisa Waldman, Regional Director, Kansas Small Business Development Center and Keely Schneider, Executive Director, Workforce Partnership. We agreed to partner to seek and equip entrepreneurs who are willing to locate in Downtown Kansas City, KS. Applicants will be sought to receive training in the areas of market research, finances, and business planning who may then qualify for space in our Pop-Up Program. Peer support, financial assistance for training, and concept viability will be provided. Watch this space for additional details.

Saturday, September 9, the 3rd annual DashKCK was held in conjunction with Library in the Park. The 2017 edition, once again at Big 11 Lake and the Beatrice Lee Community Center, saw an increase both in timed participants, 191, and total participants, 243. Many thanks to the community organizers and our financial sponsors Wyandotte Health Foundation, the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, the 202020 Movement, and McAnany, Van Cleave and Phillips, PA., for making this the most successful year yet.  View a collection of photos from this year's event on our Facebook page.  To view the results of timed runners, click here.

You may be aware a Northeast Master Plan is in the works. DTSKCK was invited to participate in initial stakeholders meetings last week. Community leaders voiced concerns and shared issues over a 3-day period. A public meeting is scheduled for October 2 for broader input. Watch this space for time and place to make your voice heard.

Help for entrepreneurs, increased participation in wellness events, and efforts to have a well thought-out plan for development and growth. Sounds like an engaged community focused on improving the quality of life for all its citizens; sounds like a Downtown and community ready to work toward that improved quality of life. More reasons to be excited about Downtown KCK where all are welcome and embraced. Come be with us; be part of the thinking, planning, and work. Come make your voice heard. Come see why we declare that Downtown KCK is everyone’s Downtown.



Chuck Schlittler, Director Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, Kansas Cell/Text: (913) 620-7480 726 Armstrong, Ste 201 Kansas City, KS 66101 Office: (913) 371-0705