Business Resources

WORKFORCE & TRAINING

Full Employment Council - FREE
Connects employers with a skilled workforce and job seekers with successful training and placement assistance.   Provides guidance with the WorkReadyMissouri program (http://workready.mo.gov) , which helps businesses train potential employees at no cost.

Steve Dempsey, Missouri State Workforce Coordinator, 816-521-5700
www.jobs.mo.gov
Workforce Partnership - FREE
Partners with employers to design a customized program to assist in the areas of recruiting, training, retention and expansion.

Danica Rome, Industry Outreach Specialist, 913-279-2655
http://www.workforcepartnership.com
Veterans Economic Communities Initiative - FREE
VECI supports the economic success of Veterans and their families by bringing together community partners to coordinate and integrate services at the local level. Programs aim to provide training and professional skills to transitioning service members while providing quality candidates to employers.

KC Economic Liaison - Chris Shove, (816)-398-3059
www.ebenefits.va.gov/jobs
LDS Employment Resource Center - FREE
Free resource for both job seekers and employers. Employers can register as a guest, which will provide access to job seekers. LDS does an initial screening of job seekers.

KC Center - (816)461-5481
www.ldsjobs.org
Metropolitan Community College (MCC), Institute for Workforce Innovation
MCC’s Institute for Workforce Innovation focuses on helping businesses run better and individuals become better employees by offering an array of consulting services from assessment, recruitment, quality management, database solutions, and customized training.  MCC boasts the area’s only OSHA Training Institute Education Center.  MCC can also assist with obtaining and complying with State training grant programs.

Workforce Innovation, 816-604-1000
http://www.mcckc.edu/iwi
Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC)
The Technical Education Center (TEC) offers hands-on technical skill training programs which lead to certificates and employment in trade and industrial fields aligned with business and industry standards.  KCKCC works with businesses to provide customized training programs and recruitment of new graduates.

Rich Piper, Director of Technical Programs, 913-627-4126
http://www.kckcc.edu

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT / INNOVATION

Missouri Enterprise
Missouri Enterprise is the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) for the state of Missouri and is comprised of a group of manufacturing and business experts (Engineers, Total Quality Management, Six Sigma/Lean, Innovation Technology, Hr & Marketing specialists).  Missouri Enterprise partners with manufacturers to increase their business productivity and profitability by providing access to new technologies, training and hands-on assistance with process improvements and innovative growth strategies.  As the MEP, Missouri Enterprise can offer their consulting services at a discounted rate.

Mike Shew, Area Business Manager, 816-719-0929
http://www.missouribusiness.net
Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center - FREE
The Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers (MO SBTDC) help businesses in every stage of development - from concept to start-up, growth to renewal, mature to succession. MO SBTDC provides expert business counseling, training and online resources that help existing businesses grow and prosper and new businesses get started successfully.

UMKC SBTDC, 816-235-6063
http://www.missouribusiness.net
KC SourceLink - FREE
Helps small businesses in the 18-county KC region grow and succeed. They provide small businesses with free, easy access to the help they need. KC SourceLink connects a network of 200+ nonprofit resource organizations that provide business-building services for small businesses.

www.kcsourcelink.com

ENVIRONMENTAL / WASTE REDUCTION

Bridging the Gap – By-Product Synergy (BPS) - FREE
By-Product Synergy helps companies reduce their solid waste by marketing the unwanted by-products, which can hopefully be used as a resource for another company.  The innovation of repurposing one company’s waste and redeploying it as a raw material can reduce material costs and improve internal processes.  The free online marketplace allows for easy resource match-making.  The program also offers free one-on-one consultations, quarterly work sessions and the opportunity to make matches with nearly 6,000 buyers.  

Noelle Morris, Programs Director, 816-561-1061 x 115
https://www.bridgingthegap.org