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Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Inductee and 2009 Regional Entrepreneur of the Year received 2016 Award of Distinction from UMKC Foundation

September 2016

The UMKC Foundation presented its 2016 Award of Distinction to Marny and John Sherman September 22. In 2009, the Bloch School of Management and the Council for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, now the Regnier Institute Advisory Council, named John its Entrepreneur of the Year in recognition of his leadership in the growth of Inergy, an industry leader in natural gas storage and transportation.


Tom and Henry Bloch Kick Off Fall First Wednesdays

September 2016

Father and son duo Henry and Tom Bloch were welcomed to Bloch Executive Hall Sept. 7 with a standing ovation from a packed house. The Bloch’s presentation, “The Making of a Legend: A Conversation with Henry and Tom Bloch,” focused on Henry’s journey from student to struggling businessman to world-renowned entrepreneur.


Faculty Spotlight – Sharon Simmons, Ph.D.

April 2016

Simmons, who joined the Henry W. Bloch School of Management as an assistant professor of Global Entrepreneurship in August 2015, was born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Her parents owned and operated a restaurant for 35 years, and Simmons played a key role in the business.


Entrepreneurs Inspire Students with Stories of Success

March 2016

Two influential entrepreneurs spoke as part of the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation’s First Wednesday series. Mike Wilson, CEO and co-founder of Niall, an American watch manufacturer and Bob Regnier, Chairman, President and CEO of Bank of Blue Valley.


Dedicated Allergen Free Food Manufacturers Get Support, One Box at a Time

March 2016

gr8box, Inc. today announced the launch of its monthly subscription box service introducing its subscribers to foods free of the Top 8 Allergens (milk, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish) which account for 90% of all food allergic reactions.


The father of invention: KC designers hope to help make amputees more mobile with Kickstarter plan

November 2015

When some people see a problem, they complain. When Max and Liliana Younger see a problem, they invent.


KC startup brings local art to your TV

June 2015

Forget the standby fireplace animation. Kansas City startup ArtsFuse is ready to stream a vast collection of public and local artwork to your TV.


Workshop Encourages Inovation for An Aging Population

October 2014

Faculty involved in instruction were Greg King (School of Computing and Engineering), Kelli Wright (Co-director, Consortium for Aging in Community), Jeff Hornsby, Brent Never, Hessam Sarooghi (Ent doctoral student), and John Norton.


BIG Starts: Enduralock

August 2014

Neurosurgeon Harold Hess is the inventor of Enduralock.


Formzapper hopes to replace paper for small businesses

July 30, 2012

A UMKC Entrepreneurship Scholar started Formzapper, a Kansas City, Mo.-based company that launched its free trial system last month. The service allows individuals and businesses to sign up for a monthly subscription, create forms and securely send them to anyone online to fill out. Creating one form with five submissions is free, while two forms with 500 submissions is $15 per month. The monthly fee increases with the number of forms, users and submissions. 


‘I want to do for ketchup what Grey Poupon did for mustard’

June 18, 2012

A UMKC Entrepreneurship Scholar's passion for consumer ketchup choice helped him cut the mustard at a Monday morning demonstration event dominated by Kansas City-area technology startups.


New grad, no job? Become an entrepreneur

April 17, 2012

Graduating from college soon and no job in sight? Maybe you can create your own. Opportunities are springing up nationwide for budding entrepreneurs.


Flyover Country? Not This Kansas City

April 10, 2012

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.