Investors

The World Trade Center - Kansas City (WTC-KC) is part of a globally-recognized brand, representing a network of active and planned locations in over 100 countries that work to create competitive advantage for businesses conducting international trade in their region. By investing in WTC-KC, you are not only gaining access to that vast system, but also helping to continue the stimulation of international activity and the continued education and connectedness of international business practitioners in Greater Kansas City.

Fostering a solid foundation of international business in the region means a strong, more stable, and more diverse regional economy.

Investor Benefits

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Benefactor:

 
Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch strikes a balance that is rare for any industry. Our Mission sets the bar high – Building a World of Difference ®. We live up to that ideal by delivering reliable and innovative infrastructure solutions to our clients’ most complex challenges. The result is that Black & Veatch helps to improve and sustain the quality of life around the world


Ambassador Club:

 
Alpha Energy & Electric
Alpha Energy and Electric, Inc., is a certified SBA 8(a), HUBZONE, SDB, MBE and DBE Energy and Electrical Engineering Construction Company with over a half century of experience. Helping in powering the economy. Providing clients with an uncompromising level of excellence and integrity from planning to implementation. Alpha Energy & Electric’s corporate office is located in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, wiith other locations in Lagos - Nigeria, Knob Noster, Missouri USA and Fort Riley, Kansas USA. We strive to provide value for our customers through innovative design build approaches. 

Bayer CropScience
Bayer CropScience has products in crop protection and nonagricultural pest control. It also has activities in seeds and plant traits.  The company is now one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection (i.e. pesticides), nonagricultural pest control, seeds and plant biotechnology.
 
Commerce Bank
As one of the first banks in the Midwest to offer International banking services, Commerce Bank continues its leadership role today. Our technology, experience and international contacts provide the full service found only in the most sophisticated global banks, but offered by a bank that understands your needs. Our staff of banking professionals is experienced in international finance products and can provide the counsel, technology and services needed to conduct business around the world.

Dentons
Dentons is a global firm driven to provide a competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. Clients benefit from approximately 2,600 lawyers and professionals in more than 75 locations spanning 50-plus countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and the CIS, the UK and the US who are committed to challenge the status quo and offer creative, dynamic business and legal solutions.

 

Investor Club:


First National Bank
First National Bank has a history of doing what's right for our customers and the communities we serve. Founded in 1857, in the spirit of innovation and commitment to customer service, this sixth generation family-owned business has become the largest privately-owned bank holding company in the United States. Integrity, Respect, Passion - these are the cornerstones of Operating Philosophy and represent First National Bank’s commitment. First National Bank strives to better serve customers’ banking needs - and First National Bank are as hopeful and excited about the future of their bank as their founders were. The Global Banking team at First National Bank combines their deep knowledge of the field, intuitive technology and a consultative approach to bring you simple, cost-effective solutions for navigating the global finance scene with confidence. First National Bank offers a wide range of international transaction and trade services including foreign exchange assistance and letters of credit.

UPS
Across more than 220 countries and territories the expertise, resources, and technologies of UPS help you get your products to market more quickly, with less risk of customs penalties and delays. And in a business landscape where time is money and customer satisfaction depends on speedy delivery, a faster smoother customs process makes a world of difference. The global marketplace is open and ready for your business. And UPS is here to help you conquer it all.


Business Club:


Alterra Bank
We founded Alterra under a simple motto. "Become the world’s greatest bank." It’s an endeavor that we know won’t happen overnight. We’re working towards it one day at a time and one partnership at a time. We’re doing this by rooting ourselves in a commitment to our customers. We believe that by taking care of them, we in turn, take care of ourselves.
 
We want you to build your business through the experience of ours. That's why we backed our bank with seasoned, talented management. We started this bank to do it better than everyone else. Now, let us prove it to you. Welcome to the higher ground.

Bestway International/Hellman Worldwide Logistics
Founded in Kansas City in 1988, Bestway International is known for applying years of expertise on supply chain programs individually designed for our clients, including import, export, ground, air, ocean, and intermodal transportation. Bestway is a US customs broker and exclusive agent of Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, a Top 20 global freight forwarder with nearly 500 offices in 157 nations.
 
Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri
The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Kansas City, Missouri, is a 501c4 non-profit agency created to manage the efforts of six statutory redevelopment agencies, and to serve as Kansas City, Missouri’s link to business and the economic development community. The EDC and its agencies work cooperatively to project a local identity and ensure a competitive, vibrant and self-sustaining economy. EDC-KC also collaborates with the City of KCMO and other organizations and relies on a talented, technologically advanced, diverse workforce to achieve these goals.

Hallmark
Hallmark makes the world a more caring place by helping people express what’s in their hearts and connect with one another in meaningful, emotional ways.

In the United States, innovative Hallmark greeting cards, ornaments, gift wrap and gifts are sold in more than 40,000 retail stores, including the network of indepen­dently owned Hallmark Gold Crown specialty stores. Worldwide, Hallmark offers products in more than 30 languages available in 100 countries. 

Hancock International
Hancock International provides all your international shipping needs from point A to point B. Hancock specializes in international ocean transport, full containers (FCL), less than container loads (LCL/LTL), air freight, freight forwarding services, letters of credit, direct collections, certificates of origin, marine insurance, AES filing, and tracking and tracing. Currently we have contracts with 10 different steamship lines to ensure coverage on all shipping lanes. Whether you need to move a single pallet or 100 containers, or need to relocate a factory to another continent, Hancock can design a solution that addresses your priorities and fits your needs. From being one small link in your logistics chain to negotiating and managing the entire process, Hancock delivers the best international freight forwarding solution for your company. Every time.

Husch Blackwell
With 16 offices across the U.S. and in London, Husch Blackwell has a heritage of nearly a century of exceptional legal service.  Our clients demand the highest level of legal services, customized to fit their specific needs. To deliver these services efficiently and effectively, Husch Blackwell is structured by industry rather than by practice. After all, our clients aren’t organized by practice; they’re organized around markets and industries. At Husch Blackwell, teams of lawyers with a depth of experience within a particular industry work together, across practice specialties, to deliver comprehensive solutions to help our clients achieve their business goals. 

Milbank
Milbank Manufacturing enable the amazing in countless everyday ways through our thoughtfully designed products and collaborative ingenuity. More than a manufacturing company, we are an active and engaged contributor in the movement and utility of energy. We are energy at work.
 
MIQ Logistics
MIQ Logistics is a global logistics company headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., with over 20 offices in North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Along with our global network partners, we operate in and between all major international trade lanes. MIQ Logistics enables companies to improve their transportation network and overall supply chain efficiency by offering flexible logistics solutions supported by web-native technology and global logistics management capabilities. Our Overland Park operation provides logistics solutions for our customers that include: air and ocean international freight forwarding, customs brokerage, global trade management, transportation management, truckload services and project logistics.

Scarbrough
Roger and Jeannie Scarbrough founded the Scarbrough group of companies with a vision to be full service logistics providers to international and domestic supply chains. Scarbrough has expanded across the midwestern United States with offices in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa. Scarbrough’s Shanghai office opened in 2012, giving the company its first office overseas.  In addition, Scarbrough’s membership in two global networks complements its local presence worldwide. The company has continued to provide proactive, personalized service, allowing the organization to continually grow since its founding in 1984.


Strategic Partners:

 
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help solve critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets, catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. 
 
U.S. Commercial Service
The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Through our global network of trade professionals located in nearly 80 countries and across the United States, we are working to strengthen the U.S. economy through trade, connecting U.S. companies with international buyers.

The World Bank Group
The World Bank Private Sector Liaison Officer (PLSO) Network comprises regional contact persons who facilitate SME access to the World Bank Group (WBG) projects and services, and interaction between the WBG and the private sector. World Trade Center Kansas City has recently been designated the tenth, and final, PSLO in the United States.