The Prosperity Center for Financial Opportunities and the Kansas City Public Library H&R Block Business & Career Center both offer extensive services for community members interested in finding a job, starting a business, researching Kansas City businesses, getting out of debt, and much more. You can find information regarding the services provided by each of these places below.
The H&R Block Business & Career Center is located on the 3rd floor of the Kansas City Public Library Central Branch (14 W. 10th St) and offers services for patrons interested in entrepreneurship, jobs and careers, personal finance, Kansas City area businesses, non-profit organizations and grant writing, and more. You can find examples of resources available for each topic from the Career Center website.
Call 816.701.3717 to set up an appointment for a personal consultation with a business librarian to discuss your business, career, or financial concerns. Computers are available for Center patrons, and the Library provides free high-speed wireless Internet access. In addition, the Library offers free classes, such as résumé creation, Internet and software basics, and job search strategies.
The Center is a local focal point for lifelong financial literacy and entrepreneurship, starting with future business leaders—children and teens. Ask a librarian for book recommendations to teach young adults to manage money, understand the stock market, or how to start a small business. The Center also assists youths with career development and entrepreneurship.
Whether it’s saving money for college or a home, investing your savings, or retirement, you can find help with doing the most you can with your money. Schedule one-on-one consultations to get help finding resources on financial planning. The Center also has a special collection of books on making your money work for you.
There are approximately 100,000 businesses in the Kansas City Metro area. These businesses employ more than 800,000 people and have total sales around $190 billion. These businesses range from one-person operations to local Fortune 500 companies.
Whether you are searching for local business and economic information on a prospective employer, or want to learn about the movers and shakers in a particular industry, you will find a number of Kansas City specific resources in the H&R Block Business and Career Center that will aid you in your research.
Find several databases and websites that can help you research existing non-profit organizations or find information on starting and managing your own. There is also information on writing grant proposals along with a number of resources to identify grant opportunities.
The Kansas City Public Library is designated a “Cooperating Collection” of the Foundation Center, a grants-research organization based in New York. It is one of 380 Cooperating Collections across the country, providing access to essential research databases.
Need a library card? Any resident of Kansas or Missouri can get one for free! There are two easy ways to apply:
Apply Online (see link below) - They'll mail the card to you, and you'll need to show some form of ID when you first use the card. Please allow 10-15 business days for the library card to arrive in the mail and the account to become active.
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Visit one of the Library locations and complete a library card application. Picture I.D. is required to apply for a library card. Proof of your current address is also required. Until your address is verified you will only be able to check out three items at a time. Address can be verified with a current ID, utility bill, property lease, or a postmarked letter addressed to you.