Former National Football League wide receiver and motivational speaker Eddie Kennison has signed on as a guest speaker for Kansas City’s National Small Business Week event on Tuesday, May 13.
Kennison, who played for the New Orleans Saints, the Chicago Bears, the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs between stints with the Rams returned to retire jersey #87 from the Chiefs in 2010, where he says he “found his home.” Now living in Leawood, Kennison joined Kansas City’s small business community in 2008 when he and his wife, Shamika, opened Entourage Institute of Beauty and Esthetics in Lenexa. Kennison Brown Real Estate Co., Kennison’s venture with partners Shawn Brown and Damon Taurer, is the “official real estate company” for the Chiefs. Kennison opened Cellar & Loft wine shop, at 525 Walnut St., nearly three years ago with Bill and Maggie Dane. Kennison contributes to the spiritual website “Power to Change.” Eddie and Shimika Kennison established “Quick Start - The Eddie Kennison Foundation” in 2003.