The Week Ahead: Global Entrepreneurship Week, KC Chamber dinner, Fed Manufacturing Index

Global Entrepreneurship Week features a week of events across the state of Missouri and around the world. | Courtesy of Global Entrepreneurship Week/Facebook
Global Entrepreneurship Week features a variety of events across Missouri and around the world. | Courtesy of Global Entrepreneurship Week/Facebook

Here’s a look at some of the stories Missouri Business Alert is tracking this week:


Global Entrepreneurship Week kicks off across Missouri and around the world. The weeklong series of events, founded by Kansas City’s Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, celebrates innovators and entrepreneurs, aiming to inspire people to explore their entrepreneurial potential.

An event on food waste in America will help kick off Hunger and Homelessness Week at the University of Missouri. The week, put on by the Mizzou Food Recovery Network, runs through Friday and seeks to raise awareness about food waste as a cause of hunger and poverty.


TechCrunch, a San Francisco-based technology news outlet, will host a startup pitch competition in St. Louis. Competitors will have 60 seconds to explain “why their startup is awesome.” Winners walk away with cash prizes, introductions to venture capitalists and invitations to future TechCrunch events.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will celebrate the third year of Infinite Strategies, a consulting company based in Columbia. The event will take place at the offices of Columbia’s Regional Economic Development, Inc.

EPIC, a networking group in Columbia, will host EPIC: YoPro COMO, an event that aims to enhance communications and networking among all young professionals in the area.


The Federal Reserve Bank will release the minutes from the October meeting of its Federal Open Market Committee. Many are keeping a close eye on the FOMC to determine whether it will raise interest rates at its next meeting in December.

New York Federal Reserve Bank President William Dudley, Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart, and Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester will speak at the Clearing House Payments System Risk Symposium in New York.

The Kansas City Career Fair, a hiring event organized by National Career Fairs, will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Employers sponsoring the event include AT&T, Ameriprise Financial, FedEx and AAA. 


Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, will speak at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts in Kansas City as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program.

The Kansas City Chamber of Commerce will host its 2015 Annual Dinner and announce the chamber’s Kansas Citian of the Year award. The theme for this year’s dinner is “Proud to be KC.”


The Kansas City Fed is scheduled to release its Manufacturing Index. The monthly survey provides information on current manufacturing activity in the Federal Reserve Bank’s 10th District, and it identifies changes in prices of raw materials and finished products.

The Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, an annual fundraiser for Overland Park, Kan., will take place, featuring holiday music, dance troupes and an appearance by Santa.


The University of Missouri football team hosts Tennessee in the Tigers’ final home game of the season. It’s the team’s first game in Columbia since the Tigers briefly boycotted football activities amid unrest on MU’s campus, and it will be coach Gary Pinkel’s last home game at MU, with his planned resignation at season’s end.


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