If you are trying to figure out how to most efficiently furnish your office space with the equipment your business needs, here is some information about leasing equipment that might be helpful:
Leasing helps your business’s cash flow. The main benefit of leasing is that it frees up cash for your business. Leases for equipment typically do not require down payments, though some might need a refundable security deposit. On the other hand, loans for buying equipment usually need down payments that could be 25% or more.
It is easier to fund leases than purchases. Banks usually will not give capital equipment loans without seeing 2-3 years worth of financial records—something that most new companies do not have. However, leasing companies typically only want to see 6 months – 1 year of credit history in order to approve an office equipment or furniture lease.
Leasing makes it easier to keep up with technology. Leasing is an especially good option if your business needs to stay on top of cutting-edge technology such as the newest communication devices, computers, or other office equipment. Short-term leases are more cost-efficient than purchasing new equipment every few years. Sometimes office equipment leases have annual computer upgrades built into the lease, which saves you from the difficult decision of whether or not you can afford to upgrade.
Check back for more information about how leasing might be a good option for your business!
Do you have a wee bit of Scottish in your blood, or are you just curious about Scottish culture? Either way, visit the Kansas City Scottish Highland Games to experience Scottish culture and traditions right here in Kansas City!
Schedule: June 8th from 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm June 9th from 9:00 am – 11:00 pm June 10th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Ticket Prices: Friday – $5.00 Saturday – $15.00 Sunday – $10.00 Three day pass – $25.00 *Children under 12 are free
Location: E. H. Young Park on N.W. Argosy Pkwy in Riverside, MO 64150. Parking – the Red X at 2401 NW Platte Road just East of Riverway Blvd, follow the signs.
Sample of Events: • Athletic Games. Watch or participate in Scottish favorites harking back to ancient kings and chieftains of the 2nd and 3rd centuries. Games include Putting the Stone, Hammer Throw, Sheaf Toss, and more! • Entertainment. Enjoy music from both national and local Celtic performers including The Tosspints, The Waxies, Needfire, and more! • Genealogy Booth. Meet representatives from different Scottish clans, and use the resources available at the booth to discover if you have any Scottish blood in you! • For the Kids. Kids can learn about and participate in some traditional Scottish games. There will also be face painting of traditional Scottish symbols!
What better way to start off the week of St. Patrick’s Day than with an “Irishpalooza”? Join Martin City on Sunday, March 11th, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (parade begins at 2:00) for the 25th anniversary of its St. Patrick’s Day parade—the theme this year is “25 Years of Goin’ Green.” The very first parade in 1987 consisted of three Martin City leaders who grabbed a few friends, hopped in two cars and a horse & buggy, and held an impromptu St. Patrick’s Day “parade” down 135th Street. The parade still takes place on 135th street, but the event has grown to consist of several other activities as well. Pre-parade activities include:
• The Prince and Princess Contest (Ages 2–7 yrs.) • The Best Dressed Pet Contest • Faulkner Ranch Kiddie Korral (Ages 10 & under) • Face Painting (All ages!) • Food & Beverage Vendors • The Kansas City Police Department Information Tent • DJ Jeff Holmes – “rockin’ all day”
After the parade from 3:30 to 7:00 pm, the Kelihans, one of KC’s most notable Irish Bands, plays in Martin City on March 11th in the Post-Parade Party Tent at Jess & Jim’s Steakhouse north parking lot on 135th St.
Kansas City’s first historian was Father Bernard Donnelly. He was a pastor in the Town of Kanza, later to become Kansas City. His first parish encompassed the area from Independence, Missouri to the Indian Territory, now the state of Kansas.
After the Civil War, the Town of Kanza expanded south. Father Donnelly, also a civil engineer, opened a brickyard and stone quarry on land owned by the Catholic Church in Quality Hill. He advertised for laborers in newspapers and magazines popular among Irish immigrants, bringing hundreds of Irish laborers to help pave streets and build many of the area’s earliest buildings.
Father Donnelly was also instrumental in establishing some of Kansas City’s earliest schools and orphanages. To learn more about Father Bernard Donnelly, please visit The Kansas City Public Library.
Here’s another fascinating article from The New York Times that discusses what states and cities are doing to encourage small business. We are very lucky to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation right here in Kansas City, especially because of the work they do with helping entrepreneurs introduce new business ventures in a down economy. Read more about what other cities and states are doing to help small businesses.
Do you have a small business success story? Do you believe Kansas and Missouri are doing enough to assist small businesses thrive?
Some of you may already use Foursquare for social reasons but did you know that the company has recently introduced tools for business users? The company plans to distribute a free analytics tool and dashboard that will give business owners access to a range of information and statistics about visitors to their establishments. Read more about this new tool in The New York Times.
The New York Times recently ran a blog post in its Small Business section that discusses the difficulties of keeping employees happy. Here is the entire post, which is part the series The Art of Running a Small Business. Please let us know your thoughts.
St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and Kansas City is well-known for its parades and events. Here is a list of St. Patrick’s Day events in the Kansas City metro area:
3/13 26th Snake Saturday Parade—www.northlandfestivals.com 3/13 32nd Annual Westport St. Patrick’s Day Run—www.sportkc.com 3/14 “Irishpalooza” – Martin City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade—www.irishpalooza.com 3/14 Shawnee St. Patrick’s Parade—www.irishamericanclubofshawnee.com 3/17 36th Annual Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade—www.kcirishparade.com