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Connect @ Big Momma's - April 3, 2014 

Connect @ Big Momma's Bakery was FastTrac's first Connect@ event for 2014. Jackie Buycks and Joyce Brown, co-owners of Big Momma's are also Kauffman FastTrac graduates. They grew up in a single family home of five. The idea for Big Momma's was born in the kitchen of their sister Jill; after learning the process of the dough, she began giving dinner rolls and cinnamon rolls to family and friends. When it grew bigger then she could handle, the partnership of Big Momma's was born, July 2005.  Big Momma's originally opened in Raytown, MO. Over the years, the sisters tweeked the bread recipe and the cinnamon rolls were changed inside and out, resulting in today's tasty products. After to moving their business to Crown Center, Big Momma's is going strong and the store gives back to the community donating monthly to various community organizations. "We love what we do and we do what we love, helping others," the sisters said.

Connect @ The Roasterie - November 19, 2013
Celebrating Kauffman FastTrac's First 20 Years

Our popular Connect @ series of "cash mob-style" networking events in Kansas City continued during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013. The morning event officially served as the kickoff for Kauffman FastTrac's 20th anniversary celebration! FastTrac leaders, graduates and participants came to support the business efforts of Roasterie founder and one of the first-ever FastTrac grads, Danny O'Neill, and raised a coffee cup to the innovative and inspiring entrepreneurs at work around the globe.


Connect @ Café Trio - June 26, 2013

Kauffman FastTrac leaders, current participants, and alumni enjoyed cocktails and a stunning view of the Country Club Plaza at the independently owned Café Trio.  Café Trio is highly regarded for its award-winning food, service and ambiance.

Connect @ Kookiedoodle - April 11, 2013

We enjoyed our first Kauffman FastTrac "Connect @" networking event so much last November that we've decided to host a series of these "cash-mob style" meet-ups in 2013! Katie and Sheila Weiford, FastTrac NewVenture graduates, are the proud owners of Kookiedoodle Crafts. Family owned and operated, this arts and crafts studio offers interactive, hands-on creative experiences for kids and kids at heart. Jane Monroe, a FastTrac GrowthVenture alumna and owner of Lee's Summit-based Embrace the Grape Beverage Catering, served some favorite wines. Embrace the Grape is a premier service for people who want a licensed, insured company to cater their alcohol needs. El Salvadoreno restaurant generously provided tasty happy hour treats of pupsitas, chips, and salsa.

Connect @ Coffee Girls - November 14, 2012 

Kauffman FastTrac’s first Connect @ networking event was held at Coffee Girl’s Café in Kansas City, MO during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012. Lindsey Patterson, FastTrac GrowthVenture graduate, and owner of Coffee Girl’s Café, opened her doors to the local FastTrac network and greater Kansas City entrepreneurial community for a heaping helping of networking, door prizes and also offered a Coffee Girl’s “Special of the Day”.