Enterprise Center in Fairway offices helps businesses get off the ground

The Enterprise Center in Johnson County is located in the Fairway office park.
The Enterprise Center in Johnson County is located in the Fairway office park.

Entrepreneurs often need a helping hand getting their businesses off the ground and sometimes capital to make the business plan a reality.

A resource that connects entrepreneurs with the resources they need is now located in Fairway. The Enterprise Center in Johnson County is a non-profit, funded primarily by Johnson County, that is designed to help businesses in the early stages of development. Though in existence for the last 20 years, it is now in the Fairway office park off Shawnee Mission Parkway.

“Our job is to help people create businesses,” marketing director Melissa Roberts recently told a NEJC Chamber group. The Enterprise Center has a number of partners that can help entrepreneurs getting started and also has a core mission of connecting the entrepreneurs to capital.

Besides capital, the center can provide office space with services, a series of workshops and training events as well as consulting and mentoring programs. Roberts said the new businesses are often looking for $50,00 to $250,000 to grow their businesses.

The center has an angel investor program that can put high net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs in need of capital together.

The Women’s Business Center, which provides a variety of support for women starting a business, also is located in the ECJC