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KCMO program dedicated to helping minority-owned businesses grow will soon expand to KCK

Posted at 5:31 PM, May 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-11 18:31:18-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- At the Southeast Public Library, you’ll see its new media lab. It was done by Infinity Services.

Infinity Services President Mary Robinson has been in business for 10 years and getting to where she is now hasn’t been easy. 

“You'll have some banks that'll say, ‘You don't have the history. You don't have the funds. If you're a big company, then we will finance you,’” Robinson said. 

Although dealing with several roadblocks, Robinson said she continued to step out on faith and learned more about the For Change initiative, a partnership between Lead Bank and the City of Kansas City. 

“There's so much need to serve these small, ambitious business people,” Lead Bank President Joshua Rowland said. 

The initiative focuses on helping small businesses grow financially, providing business loans to minorities and women business owners in Kansas City, Missouri.

“We're using the dollars that were already going to pay to fund infrastructure and improve our city,” Rowland said. “Those monies are already going back into building the next generation of great businesses.”

Robinson said through For Change, she’s been able to work on multiple projects throughout the city. 

The initiative will soon expand to Kansas City, Kansas, hoping to help small businesses grow there, too. Rowland said they hope to expand to that area within the next year or so. 

With Edgemoor naming Lead Bank as its financing source for minority and women-owned businesses to work on the new KCI terminal, Robinson said she’s hoping to be a part of it.

“Yeah, we're going to be out there as well. Hopefully, we'll win it,” Robinson said. 

To learn more about the initiative, click here.