iWerx recent foray into early member registration spawned a series of media stories and recognition. Here’s a sampling of what the KC media is saying about the newest business incubator in the Kansas City metro.
Kansas City Star
“John Miller Jr. has one wish — for his dad to be around in 20 years to see what North Kansas City becomes.
In the last several years, the longtime hub for industrial activity has undergone a renaissance as new businesses move into old warehouses and re-purpose them.”
“In and around downtown, there’s new energy and new activity,” said Sara Copeland, North Kansas City’s community development director.
The latest example can be found at 1501 Burlington St., where crews are renovating a self-storage facility into North Kansas City’s first business incubator.”
Read the rest of the Kansas City Star article here. http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article86470132.html
Startland News, the digital platform touting startup and entrepreneurial ventures in the Kansas City area, highlighted the impending opening of iWerx in the Northland and the impact it will have on the area.
“North Kansas City will soon boast the metro’s largest coworking facility.
The first shared workspace in North Kansas City, iWerx’s massive 33,000-square-feet facility is scheduled to open in July for entrepreneurs hoping to work in a community of innovators. iWerx also will house a business incubator that hopes foster entrepreneurial vibrancy in North Kansas City.
iWerx partner Bob Martin said that the facility will benefit not only North Kansas City but the entire metro.”
Follow the link to read the rest of the Startland article and learn more about the amenities available to iWerx members. http://www.startlandnews.com/2016/06/north-kansas-city-receive-areas-largest-coworking-studio/
Thinking Bigger Business Media
Thinking Bigger Business Media blogged about the inspiration behind iWerx as well as the founders of business partner Encorps45, the management and development organization behind iWerx curriculum.
“The incubator, based at 1501 Burlington, will occupy one end of an 89,000-square-foot warehouse that Kroger once used as a regional headquarters.
The idea from iWerx came from the founders of EnCorps45, a local support organization for aspiring and established entrepreneurs over the age of 45. Launched in 2014, the group provides training and networking opportunities to “encore entrepreneurs.” It also helps them connect with younger entrepreneurs to form multigenerational companies.
The team behind Encorps45—Robert L. Curland, Bob Martin and Terri S. Turner—hit on the idea of starting an incubator for multigenerational businesses. Their advisers suggested they try North Kansas City, which offers 10-gigabit Internet connectivity through its KCFiber service.”
Follow the link to read more about iWerx and Encorps45. https://ithinkbigger.com/nkc-iwerx-incubator/#more-12755
KSHB Channel 41
The local NBC affiliate reported not just on iWerx but its role in a North Kansas City renaissance.
“We’re well located right here in the middle of the metro,” said Sara Copeland, North Kansas City’s community development director. “It’s easier to get to and there are lots of fun things going on, so all the things to do are attracting more people to start their projects here.”
The latest NKC addition will open in the coming weeks. Called iWorks, it’s a shared communal space or incubator for small businesses.
“These are for people who are either starting up a brand new business or they’ve grown and they’re moving out of their basement or their garage,” said Copeland.
City leaders say it’s hard to measure NKC’s growth because it’s happening so fast, but they’re hopeful sales tax revenue will increase in the coming years.
“I think that this will continue to snowball,” said Copeland. “I think the next big thing for us in town will be new residences.” Check out the video here. http://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/north-kansas-city-hopping-with-new-businesses