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The White House Business Council and the U.S. Small Business Administration hosted an Urban Economic Forum at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City today. The morning session included an introduction by White House Business Council Executive Director Ari Matusiak and three panel sessions which included an opportunity for participants to ask questions. The focus of discussion on all three panels was entrepreneurship and its impact on the economy in the Kansas City area.

The forum was designed to provide information on business development resources and allow for networking for urban entrepreneurs and small business owners in Kansas City.

Ari Matusiak – Executive Director, White House Business Council.

The first panel of the morning included Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James; Kansas City, Kansas Mayor Joe Reardon; Marie Johns, deputy Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration; and Bob Litan, Vice President for Research and Policy, Kauffman Foundation.  

Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James.

The second panel included Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States; Sean Greene, Associate Administrator for Investment, U.S. Small Business Administration; Jeff Krum, CFO, Boulevard Brewing Company; Kelly Pruneau, Network manager, Women’s Capital Connection; and Daryl Williams, CEO, Urban Entrepreneurship Partnership, Kauffman Foundation.

Rosie Rios – Treasurer of the United States.

The forum included a resource expo for attendees.

(left to right) Daryl Williams – CEO of the Urban Entepenuership Partnership Kauffman Foundation, Rosie Rios – Treasurer of the United States,

Sean Greene – Associate Administrator for Investment – U.S. Small Business Administration.