Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Co-Founder of Think Big Partners Sits in on Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program Panel

Helzberg is one of those names that you hear quite often in Kansas City.  After all, the company was founded here in 1915...and it has clearly stuck around.  And because of Helzberg Diamond's stellar Midwest reputation, community involvement, and entrepreneurial spirit, Think Big Partners loves connecting with the Helzberg business.

The founding of the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP) was inspired by Barnett Helzberg, Jr.'s mentoring relationship with Ewing Kauffman.  The program matches seasoned, successful entrepreneur mentors with less-experienced entrepreneur mentees. This week, with the help of other Kansas City entrepreneurial organizations, HEMP is featuring an educational series for those entrepreneurs looking to enhance their startup knowledge.

On Thursday, October 27, 2011, HEMP is featuring How to Present Your Business to Investors Workshop from 3:00-5:00 PM.  At the event, mentees are invited to network with other entrepreneurs and sit in on a presentation and panel with some of Kansas City's brightest and most experienced serial entrepreneurs. 

Panelists include Bill Love (BioStar Systems), Christine Walsh (InvestMidwest), Joel Wiggins (Enterprise Center of Johnson County) and our own Herb Sih of Think Big Partners. 

Giving the "perfect pitch" is one of the most important parts of an entrepreneurial venture.  Just getting in front of investors is a huge step, for that matter.  So when an entrepreneur presents to an investor, it's important that they get it right...the first time.  Which is the exact reason why HEMP has established this series--to help entrepreneurs succeed in Kansas City and beyond.  After all, the strength of our city could come from the development of new small businesses.  Let's start by mentoring some of the up-and-comers in the Kansas City area.

The Financing Growth Series Part 3 workshop (How to Present Your Business to Investors) starts at 3:00 on October 27 and will run until 5:00 PM.  Want to become a HEMP mentee or mentor and start getting involved in events just like this one?  Check out the HEMP website and apply for the mentoring program!

Written by Allison Way

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