Resources and Partners

Southwest Johnson County’s thriving business environment is a top priority for the Southwest Johnson County EDC. The EDC’s work with entrepreneurs and small businesses and our community’s vast entrepreneurial support system helps to ensure economic growth throughout the community.

Below is our list of resources and partners. For additional information and assistance, please contact Southwest Johnson County EDC President, Greg Marinette, at (913) 489-3990.

Kansas Small Business Development Center at Johnson County Community College

The Kansas SBDC at Johnson County Community College is one of eight regional centers in the state. The SBDC team at Johnson County Community College have the experience and knowledge to work with small businesses and entrepreneurs at every life stage of a business and provides services including comprehensive, in-depth, long-term assistance through advising and training.

For more information about the Kansas SBDC at Johnson County Community College, click here, or visit the Kansas Small Business Development Center Network to learn more about Kansas’ SBDC Network.

The Johnson County Economic Research Institute’s mission is to support the economic development of Johnson County, the Kansas City metropolitan area, and the state of Kansas through the provision of data and technical assistance.

CERI’s services are intended to help local firms plan for new locations or expansions, compare their compensation and benefit packages for competitiveness, and operate more efficiently in general. Click here for more information about CERI’s services.

The Enterprise Center in Johnson County is a non-profit organization that helps Kansas City entrepreneurs grow by providing entrepreneur education, mentoring, and connections to capital. The Enterprise Center is a hub of entrepreneurial activity and is home the Women’s Business Center, the Mid-America Angels, the Women’s Capital Connection angel investment networks, the Growth Mentoring Service, and the LaunchU entrepreneurial programs.

To learn more about the Enterprise Center of Johnson County, click here.  

Kansas City Startup Village, also known as Startland, is a non-profit that supports innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs. The Kansas City Startup Village provides education services to support entrepreneurs, while also providing journalism resources and hosting events in the Kansas City and Johnson County area.

Kansas Commerce supports economic development and entrepreneurship throughout Kansas. Visit Kansas Department of Commerce’s Entrepreneurial Culture page to learn about statewide resources for small business and start up support.