Veterans in Johnson County said there’s a disconnect between military service and civilian life, especially in terms of securing loans to start businesses or take the next step for career or education. Several local organizations are working to close that gap and connect veterans to necessary resources. Representative Sharice Davids led a roundtable panel Friday afternoon at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7397 in Lenexa to discuss the challenges for veterans starting businesses.
Rarely has the federal government dabbled in social engineering without triggering a political backlash or predictions of Armageddon. Yet, somehow, Congress stymied even its most vocal critics last year with new rules encouraging investment in thousands of America’s most-underdeveloped neighborhoods, known forevermore as Opportunity Zones.
(Kansas City) July 12, 2019 - AltCap is pleased to announce the hiring of Justin Ikerionwu to the role of Business Development Officer. Ikerionwu will help drive AltCap's business development efforts in the greater Kansas City metropolitan region, connecting entrepreneurs to capital and other business development resources. In this role, Ikerionwu will specifically focus on marketing AltCap’s micro and small business loan products throughout the Kansas City metro. He joins a dynamic team at AltCap who are committed to bringing economic growth and empowerment to Kansas City's capital-starved communities.
(Kansas City) June 26, 2019 - AltCap announced today the formation of Equity2 LLC, a new Opportunity Zone investment affiliate, as well as the hiring of its Managing Director, Emily Lecuyer. Equity2 will provide equity capital to accelerate the development of small businesses positioned for second stage growth as well as invest in catalytic, community-focused real estate development projects in designated Opportunity Zones.
(Kansas City) June 19, 2019 - Thanks in part to the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program, Kansas City will see the development of a 44,000 square foot manufacturing and research facility for the all-natural probiotic and biochemical producer, Probiotic Holdings. Last week, the Kansas City-based company announced the closing of a $6 million investment made possible with the support of AltCap, UMB Bank, and U.S. Bank.
If you’ve been having a hard time getting cold, hard cash to support your business, we’ve got some exciting news for you. AltCap has partnered with Access Ventures to bring the first character-based microloan to the KC Metro area: The Kansas City Growth Loan.
AltCap is pleased to release the Kansas City Growth Loan, the first character-based microloan available in the Kansas City metro. Made possible through a partnership between AltCap and Access Ventures, a Louisville-based private operating foundation, the Kansas City Growth Loan provides an alternative to standard lending for startups and other small business owners, who have had difficulty accessing affordable capital with reasonable terms.
As a Kansas City-based Community Development Financial Institution, AltCap has deployed over $200 million in NMTC financing to catalytic real estate development projects and to job-creating small businesses in underestimated communities throughout Kansas City.
Yesterday was an exciting day for participants of the AltCap Your Biz: Pitch Competition. The popular annual competition, which offers small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs an opportunity to win a cash award and access to technical assistance resources, concluded with a happy hour event and awards announcement during Global Entrepreneurship Week.
A highlight of the Kansas City GEW action will be the AltCap Your Biz: Closing the Deal Happy Hour. RSVP to join us for appetizers, beverages, and the special awards announcement on Wednesday, November 14, 4:00-5:30 pm in the Medallion Theater at Plexpod Westport Commons (300 E. 39th Street, Kansas City, MO).