Monday, October 4, 2010

Top 5 Publications for the Kansas City Entrepreneur

There is a wide variety of Kansas City publications to aid those who want to start up a business; from local daily newspapers to annual business journals, it seems like Kansas City has it all.  But what publications are actually worth subscribing to?  Is it necessary to subscribe to local mags in order to gain knowledge about Kansas City small business?  I have produced a list of the Top 5 Publications for the Kansas City Entrepreneur in order to help answer those questions.  Read up on these newspapers, journals, books and magazines, and you will be able to zero in on Kansas City entrepreneurship and gain knowledge on how to start a new business. 

1.   Kansas City Business Journal

As part of the American City Business Journals, the Kansas City Business Journal gives Kansas City entrepreneurs information about local news, small business updates, sales and marketing strategies, as well as real estate guides.  In addition, this Kansas City publication tells readers about local business events and information about employment.  Kansas City entrepreneurs will find an abundance of pertinent entrepreneurial information, including advice on how to start up a business, in the small business section of the Kansas City Business Journal. 

  Ingram's Magazine

For over 30 years, Ingram’s Magazine has brought information, ingenuity and inspiration to Kansas City entrepreneurs and small business owners.  Ingram’s Magazine covers key economic developments, supports locally-owned companies, hosts exclusive forums for the movers and shakers of each KC industry, and is known as one of the most respected business publications in the Kansas City area.  With articles like "Rainmakers 2010", Ingram’s is a local monthly magazine that will benefit the Kansas City entrepreneur. 

        Kansas City Small Business Monthly

For more information about small business news, events, and entrepreneurial advice, the Kansas City Small Business Monthly magazine can serve the Kansas City entrepreneur.  With an attitude all about “thinking bigger”, the Kansas City Small Business Monthly provides KC entrepreneurs and readers with information about local success stories, expansion and growth, finance, green news, leadership, technology updates, sales and marketing advice, and much more. 

4.   The Kansas City Star

Kansas City’s widespread newspaper, the Kansas City Star, produces articles pertaining news, sports, and entertainment.  One of the Star’s strongest sections, however, is the business section, in which it breaks down information for big business and, of course, Kansas City small business.  Flip to the business section of the Kansas City Star and you will find an abundance of information about consumer news, emerging businesses, technology, workplace, and guides to starting up a business. 

5.   Kansas City Public Library books

With such impactful local magazines, many Kansas City entrepreneurs skip the trip to the library.  The Kansas City Public Library, however, may be a resourceful spot for entrepreneurial information.  The Kansas City Public Library has a whole section dedicated to Kansas City small business owners and entrepreneurs called the H&R Business and Career Center, located on the 3rd floor.  The Business and Career Center provides entrepreneurial resources including videos on specific careers, information on education, training and certifications.  In addition, the Kansas City Public Library is the home of many business publications and allows for a monthly heads-up on books that will help you get ahead in the Kansas City business world. 

And if these Kansas City publications do not answer your entrepreneurial questions, feel free to check out Kansas City’s Journal of Society, The Independent, which has pages full of pictures of people who participate in the community through support of the arts, area cultural institutions, local and national nonprofit organizations and fundraising events.  For national publications, Kansas City entrepreneurs are encouraged to subscribe to Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, and Newsweek.  Additionally, Think Big Partners would like to encourage Kansas City entrepreneurs to read-up on local blogs and website articles in order to gain knowledge about Kansas City small business.  With Kansas City publications and resources like these, you will be Thinking Big in no time!

Written by Allison Way.  Allison Way is a writer and videographer for Think Big Partners and bizperc, two of Kansas City's newest entrepreneurial resources.  To read more of Allison's articles, check out the Kansas City Entrepreneurship Examiner.

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