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Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference iKC Announces Master Your Card Missouri as Presenting Sponsor

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Kansas City-based startup accelerator and business incubator Think Big Partners and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce have announced Master Your Card Missouri as the presenting sponsor for the June 20th innovation and entrepreneurship conference known as iKC.

Master Your Card Missouri is a public education campaign from MasterCard which helps consumers, small businesses and governments get more from their money by using prepaid, debit and credit cards to their advantage. Master Your Card Missouri uses its innovative technology to run an electronic payment network that delivers instantaneous, affordable and safe transactions through cards.

The Master Your Card Missouri program is an entrepreneurial approach to the world of payment that aligns with the message that iKC will send this spring. The program allows for consumers, small businesses and governments to improve awareness of financial inclusion, awareness of financial literacy, negotiation tactics, knowledge of electronic payment processes and technical assistance.

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Flyover Country? Not This Kansas City

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Farms, cows and Dorothy? Try entrepreneurship, high tech and the arts.

The Kansas City Metropolitan area is becoming the envy of individuals on the East and West coasts who have long since considered it merely flyover country. The City of Fountains has been praised as a great place to live, work and visit for many years, but recently it is becoming a hot bed for entrepreneurial investment, high culture and the innovations of the future.

Kansas City, Missouri, is home to the world renowned Kauffman Foundation. The foundation's mission is to help individuals attain economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. The Kauffman Foundation's focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, education, and research has helped fuel Kansas City's global presence as an attractive place for creativity and business. Nearly 300,000 individuals from throughout the world have been part of the Kauffman FastTrac program, which has helped entrepreneurs start and grow their business. In addition to the Kauffman Foundation, the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Graduate Entrepreneurship Program was recently named the 2012 National Model Graduate Entrepreneurship Program by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). Entrepreneurship is booming and alive in Kansas City.

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Kansas City Serial Entrepreneur Launches Startup Your Fitness Blog in Preparation for Ruckus St. Louis

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The cofounder and managing partner of Think Big Partners, Herb Sih, earlier launched a new healthy-living blog called Startup Your Fitness, which encourages entrepreneurs to live a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise.

Startup Your Fitness, which launched on April Fool’s Day, will provide entrepreneurs with exercise tips, diet tricks and pieces of health advice that can fit into a busy lifestyle. The blog is written by Herb Sih, a serial entrepreneur who found himself caught up in the startup world and drifting further and further away from staying in shape.

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Entrepreneurial Attitudes In Kansas City

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The founders of Think Big Partners toured the startup scene in Silicon Valley before they launched their Midwest business incubator and startup accelerator.  And although the Think Big team uncovered helpful tips during a tour of the Valley (like the impact of coworking spaces, the need for local funders and the importance of a tech culture), they seemed to learn one lesson that was much more impactful after returning back to their home of Kansas City:  You don’t need to be like Silicon Valley in order to get Silicon Valley-esque results.

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A 10 second Lunch for STartups

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If bootstrapping, iterating or pivoting were physical, calorie-burning activities, entrepreneurs would be trim creatures indeed. But since startup founders are more likely to spend long hours at the office and eat chips over their keyboards, one serial entrepreneur has come up with an idea to help.

Herb Sih, a cofounder of Think Big Partners, noticed that the entrepreneurial lifestyle was taking its toll on his own waistline, so he decided to take action using social media. On April 1, he launched a healthy-living blog just for entrepreneurs called Startup Your Fitness that was designed to encourage his colleagues and peers at other startups to live a healthier lifestyle with diet and exercise.

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