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New Center for Urban Enterprise scheduled to open on KCMO's Westside in May 2020


By: Charlie Keegan, September 26, 2019

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Excitement is starting to outweigh anxiety in a Kansas City, Missouri, neighborhood. People living in the city’s predominantly Hispanic Westside have seen businesses move in, leading to fears of change pushing longtime residents out. To make sure everyone in the neighborhood has a chance to succeed, a group is building a business incubator.

The Center for Urban Enterprise should open in May 2020. Right now, construction is underway to transform an old tire storage facility at 2720 Jarboe Street into the incubator.

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$3.5M HEDC project bringing coworking, kitchens, culture to Westside

Startland News

By: Tommy Felts, Nov. 2, 2017

2720 Jarboe Street, future Center for Urban Enterprise

A new Center for Urban Enterprise project is expected to help limit risk for Kansas City’s low- to moderate-income entrepreneurs, Michael Carmona said.

“We’re looking at ways they can start and grow sustainable businesses with the little income they have as far as startup capital,” said Carmona, director of community and business development for the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation.

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Kansas City's West Side Entrepreneurs Get $1.6 Million Boost For Business Incubator


Entrepreneur Luis Hernandez opened his Latin American bakery, Panaderia des Americas, in 2013 with a microloan from HEDC.

By Maria Carter & Laura Spencer, October 6, 2017

The U.S. Department of Commerce is awarding $1.6 million to the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation of Greater Kansas City, or HEDC.

The grant, announced on Thursday, will be used to renovate an industrial building near 27th and Southwest Boulevard, at 2720 Jarboe, and turn it into a small business incubator. 

Pedro Zamora, the non-profit’s executive director, says minorities are sometimes left out of Kansas City’s entrepreneurship community. 

“It’s a big piece that’s missing,” says Zamora. “We know Kansas City has been identified as the fastest growing entrepreneurial epicenter for the nation, but are we growing equitably?”

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HEDC set to establish physical presence in Historic Northeast


Northeast News

A rendering of the planned façade improvements along the 3200 block of Independence Avenue

By: Paul Thompson, November 18, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – For 23 years, Victoria Rodriguez Tamayo has owned and operated Victoria’s Barber Shop on Independence Avenue.

Tamayo is a master barber, and proud of it. Proof of that pride can be found on her calf, where she has a tattoo featuring a red, white, and blue barber’s pole laid over an open pair of scissors.

Still, after more than two decades in the industry, Tamayo has decided to hang up her shears. She’s closing up her shop for good on Sunday, November 20, and will be moving to Sarasota, Florida shortly thereafter to live closer to family. Tamayo’s departure opens up an opportunity for the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation…

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HEDC’s 2014 Business of the Year Recipient, Panaderias de Las Americas

HEDC’s 2014 Business of the Year Recipient, GMY Commercial Cleaning

HEDC’s 2014 Partner of the Year Recipient, KC BizCare

White House Honors MPI’s 2011 Winners as Champions of Change.

Bernardo Ramirez accepts E Pluribus Unum Prize.

Hispanic Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) Wins MPI’s 2011 E Pluribus Unum Prize