KANSAS CITY, MO. – Aspiring and newer business owners will gather on Saturday, October 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Westport Plexpod Commons, 300 E 39th Street, Kansas City, MO, 64111, to participate in the interactive “Own it! The good, the bad and the ugly every entrepreneur needs to know.” The event, sponsored by Affinity Worldwide, Cultivate Experience Leadership Club, Think Realty, Rivet, Thinking Bigger Business Media and Central Exchange, will feature four panel discussions with Kansas City entrepreneurial heavyweights, practical business advice, tips, and networking. Crosby Kemper III, executive director of the Kansas City Public Library, is the keynote speaker. Tickets are $50 and include breakfast and lunch. More information about panelists and speakers and event tickets can be purchased at www.cultivate.network. Students use promo code STUDENT.
The panel discussion topics include solutions to challenges many aspiring and newer entrepreneurs face, taking advantage of opportunities while avoiding pitfalls, owning a business as a married couple and challenges specific to female entrepreneurs. The day will also feature a presentation on brand development by Tyler Van Winkle, partner at Rivet and CMIO at Affinity Worldwide.
“Entrepreneurs who are a little farther down the road in their experiences have wisdom they can share with newer entrepreneurs, perhaps helping them mitigate challenges they could face,” said Kelly Scanlon, president and CEO of Interrobang Solutions and former owner of Thinking Bigger Business Media. Scanlon will moderate the event’s women’s panel.
Event organizers, Mike Wrenn, chairman and founder of Affinity Worldwide, and Becky Cole, CFO of Affinity Worldwide, are well-known supporters of entrepreneurialism in Kansas City. In August of 2017, they pledged $1 million to the Kansas City Startup Foundation, to be paid out over five years. Cole sits on the foundation’s board of directors. Wrenn and Cole also support multiple local charities. A portion of profits from the Own It event will go to Giving Grove, an organization that helps the achievement of food security by planting community orchards. More information about Giving Grove can be found at www.givinggrove.org.
“Becky and I have built a successful business with national and international reach. This has, of course, been rewarding, but not without its challenges along the way,” said Wrenn. “Our philosophy is to share what we have learned with up-and-comers. We want to share real talk with new entrepreneurs: the good, the bad and the ugly.”