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SBA Administrator McMahon to Visit Kansas City Metro

Focus on Role of Small Businesses and a Modern, Balanced Trade Framework
Release Date: 
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Release Number: 
Contact: (816) 426-4845

KANSAS CIY – On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Linda McMahon, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration and advocate for America’s 30 million small businesses, will be in the Kansas City area. Administrator McMahon will deliver the keynote address to attendees at the State Department’s Road to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) Heartland event in Overland Park, Kansas.  The GES Heartland event brings together hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, and public and private sector leaders from across the Heartland who are building innovative solutions in agriculture, health, and connectivity.

Following the event, Administrator McMahon will tour Creative Candles in Kansas City, Missouri.  In the afternoon, Administrator McMahon will host a roundtable on international trade with business owners to discuss their exporting efforts and how their businesses are growing globally. The Administrator’s visit looks to focus on current international business growth in Missouri and Kansas, discuss the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and receive feedback on how updated and modern trade agreements will strengthen small businesses’ access to global markets.

WHAT:        Road to GES Heartland – OPEN PRESS   

WHEN:       Tuesday, March 19 at 8:30 a.m. (CDT)

WHO:          SBA Administrator Linda McMahon

                      Keynote Address to GES Heartland attendees                                                     

WHERE:     Overland Park Convention Center, 6100 College Boulevard, Overland Park, Kansas 66211

RSVP:         Journalists must RSVP by no later than Saturday, March 16 to with your name, media organization, title and email


WHAT:       Small Business Visit and Tour of Creative Candles – OPEN PRESS

WHEN:       Tuesday, March 19 10:30 a.m. (CDT)

WHO:          SBA Administrator Linda McMahon

                      Shelley and Keith Espelien                                                                                         

WHERE:    Creative Candles, 3218 Roanoke Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111


WHAT:       Small Business Trade Roundtable – OPEN PRESS

WHEN:       Tuesday, March 19 at 1:00 p.m. (CDT)

WHO:         SBA Administrator Linda McMahon

                     Missouri and Kansas Small Business Owners                                                        

WHERE:   SBA Kansas City District Office, 1000 Walnut Street, Suite 530, Kansas City, Missouri 64106


INFO: Global markets are the fastest growth opportunity for many companies. 

  • According to the U.S. Dept. of Commerce’s International Trade Agency:

                  5,088 of the 6,008 Missouri companies which exported were small businesses, generating $12.7 billion of total exports.

                  2,682 of 3,263 exporting companies in Kansas generated $8.9 billion in exports.

  • According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative:

                  Missouri businesses exported $7.8 billion to Canada and Mexico.

                  Kansas businesses exported $4.4 billion to Canada and Mexico.

The two states have 775,444 small businesses, representing more than 99% of all businesses; those small businesses employ more than half of the workforce.


Administrator McMahon has met with more than 800 small business owners across the nation to listen, drive economic growth and educate Americans about the SBA and programs that help them start, grow, expand and recover.


All press must RSVP at  or 816-426-4845 in order to attend.




About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit