Entrepreneurs come to KC looking for fresh ideas, motivation

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- People kicked off Global Entrepreneurship Week at Union Station on Monday night. The week-long celebration started with a performance from the F.L. Schlagle High School Marching Band.

"All different kinds of entrepreneurs who are all different kind of stages can find opportunities to network, classes, events, different things that will help them take them business to the next level," said Kate Hodel, event coordinator.

People in more than 150 countries celebrated Monday night, but organizers say Kansas City's event is one of the largest. The event is a way for entrepreneurs to get fresh ideas, make connections within the industry and motivate each other to move forward in projects.

Ashley Backhus, who started her own website, networked at Monday night's kickoff. She created planmytournament.com after she had a bad experience planning a charity golf tournament.

"That night I went to Google and was trying to find a place where I could warn other tournament planners about the experience that I had, and there really wasn't anything out there," Backhus said.

The entrepreneurs will attend workshops and seminars throughout the week.

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