Who Are We?

We are a not for profit organization focused on strengthening the local economy of the greater Kansas City and surrounding areas.

Our mission is to strengthen the local economy by creating an environment where Kansas City products are at the fore front of people’s minds and they are displayed with pride in our establishments. We believe that in doing so we will create a stronger and smarter local economy where companies who manufacture products locally, thrive.

We seek to strengthen the local economy by creating an environment where Kansas City products are the first choice, and where you can find those products quickly and easily.

We know that by providing people with the tools to choose local products, we empower them to build a smarter and stronger Kansas City.

What is the Made In Kansas City Initiative?

The Made In Kansas City Initiative or #MadeInKC is an Initiative to identify and locate the products that are being produced in the greater Kansas City area. Made In KC Locals are companies who manufacture their products in the greater KC area and are also headquartered here. Made In KC Icons (or Icons) are the storefronts that offer those products. Icons not only offer Local products but they display them with pride in their establishments. If they are serving local products it will say so on the menu. If they are selling them, they are displayed with in the store in a manner that allows the patrons of the store to know that there is a local option.

What is the Made in Kansas City TM?

The Made in Kansas City TM is a trademark that was designed for use by the Made in KC Locals. The TM’s purpose is to identify to customers those products that are being produced in the greater KC area. Those who look for local products in the marketplace know best that by choosing to buy a local product over other products they are choosing to support their local economy. Those that are producing products here are the next job creators. Its with them that we will build smarter and stronger local economy. The TM provides a single mark for folks to look for to know that they are choosing a product made in KC.

 

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Our Holistic Approach to a Smarter and Stronger KC.

The Made in Kansas City trademark was developed for use by companies that are producing their products in the Greater Kansas City and surrounding area. This allows people as consumers to only have one seal to seek out in the marketplace to know that we are choosing to support local businesses by purchasing a product. The mark is flexible in color and scale so it can change as needed for each product that it may be displayed on. This allows each company to participate without compromising on their branding and empowers the public to choose where their money goes after its spent.

Establishments that offer local products are also eligible to use a designated trademark to set themselves apart from others and become icons in the community. By choosing to offer local products and identifying themselves as doing so, independent establishments (such as fashion boutiques and restaurants) can offer a deeper connection to improving the local economy. Patrons can then seek out these establishments to find their favorite local brands and in doing so continue to build a smarter and stronger local economy.

Part 1 and Part 2 will then be built into an app so that folks can find their favorite local products in their daily lives and choose to support local businesses in the establishments that offer them. By doing this, we therefore are empowering the public to vote with their dollars in their daily lives.

One of the challenges that startups face is choosing a manufacturer when they’re ready to scale. We are working to help Kansas City Startups by building relationships with the local manufacturers and understanding their capabilities. We are taking this information and building it into a platform that startups can use to identify what their options are for manufacturing here in Kansas City. Its no secret that there are an abundance of manufacturing opportunities abroad, but we believe that by identifying what the opportunities are in Kansas City we can help make the connections that may not been foreseen and help identify entrepreneurial opportunities for growth where they may be.

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