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KCKCC Business Innovation Center Receives $40,000 Grant


Kelly Rogge
Thursday, January 30, 2014
College Advancement

Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Business Innovation Center was recently awarded a grant to develop its current space.

The center received a $40,000 grant from the Sunderland Foundation in December. The foundation was started in 1945 by Lester T. Sunderland, focusing on supporting bricks and mortar projects. Over the years, it has awarded numerous grants to nonprofits in the Kansas City region including the Kansas City Zoo, the University of Kansas Hospital Cancer Center, Kansas City Public Television, the Nelson Gallery Foundation and Cristo Rey Kansas City High School.

“The grant will allow us to attract more community members to our space,” said Malinda Kimmel, grant writer at KCKCC. “We will also be able to create more of a welcoming space.”

Opened just last year, the Business Innovation Center helps to support entrepreneurs by providing conference spaces, networking opportunities, events, work areas, computer access, business planning courses and consulting sessions. Located in 3619B in the Division of Business and Continuing Education on the main KCKCC campus, the center not only serves students at KCKCC but community members in greater Wyandotte County.

Kimmel said the grant money will be used to renovate the entryway of the Business Innovation Center, creating a more corporate and updated look and the ability to provide a variety of other resources.

“We are going to create an enclosed glass entryway to make the center more inviting to entrepreneurs,” she said. “Construction should begin this spring.”
This is the first grant KCKCC has received from the Overland Park-based Sunderland Foundation. Marisa Gray, Workforce Development Coordinator at KCKCC, said receiving it means positive things for the KCKCC community.

“Those starting their own businesses will have greater access to services, speakers and the equipment they need to be successful,” she said. “Our campus will continue to be a pinpoint for workforce development and entrepreneurs alike.”

For more information about the Business Innovation Center, contact Marisa Gray at 913-288-7284.