Our Investors

We believe in fostering international activity in the Kansas City metro area – and so do our investors.

They understand the economic benefits that come with connecting area business with global opportunities. Find out how your company can help us put Kansas City on the global map!

Email World Trade Center-Kansas City to learn more about becoming an investor.


WTC-KC Benefactors

Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management.

Ambassador Club

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 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.


Whether you're new to international trade, or expanding market reach, UPS is here to support your international success. UPS offers expertise, infrastructure, and resources spanning over 220 countries worldwide with small package operations in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Canada and Latin America, the Indian sub-continent, the Middle East and Africa and a selection of guaranteed day and time-definite international shipping services. UPS is one of the world's largest customs brokerage and logistics consultants, with an immense scope of transportation services, warehousing facilities, and international trade technology. All of which enables you to better succeed in today's global marketplace. From integrating global management software that empowers your existing supply chain, to providing ground-up consulting and implementation services, UPS is here to help you translate your international aspirations into achievements. UPS is now offering up to 40% off international shipments on UPS.com! Head over to UPS.com and use promo code EXPORT to take advantage of the following savings: 40% off International Air, 20% off US to Canada Ground, and 10% off domestic shipments.

Business Club

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.

BMO Harris Bank

At BMO Harris, banking is our personal commitment to helping people at every stage of their financial lives.

The truth is, people’s needs change: so we change too. But we never change who we are. Which means we’ll never waiver from providing our customers the best possible banking experience in the industry. 

Our incredible team of over 10,000 people, 600 plus branches and 1300 ATMs, are just the tip of the iceberg. You should get to know us. We’re here to help.


With over 100 offices and over 4,000 associates in major metropolitan areas and suburban cities throughout the U.S. CBIZ (NYSE: CBZ) delivers top-level financial and employee business services to organizations of all sizes, as well as individual clients, by providing national-caliber expertise combined with highly personalized service delivered at the local level. We are one of the nation's leading: Accounting Providers, Employee Benefits Specialists, Property & Casualty Brokerage and Risk Consulting Firms, Talent and Compensation Solutions, and Retirement Plan Service Providers.

Children's Mercy

Children's Mercy provides the highest level of care for children from birth through the age of 21. It’s an independent, nonprofit, 367-bed pediatric health system with 8,000 employees serving half a million patients each year from across the country and around the world. Children’s Mercy Kansas City is ranked as one of “America's Best Children's Hospitals” in all 10 specialties rated by U.S. News & World Report and has received Magnet recognition for excellence in nursing services four consecutive times.

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 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.

Husch Blackwell

Husch Blackwell is an industry-focused, full-service litigation and business law firm with 18 offices across the U.S. We represent national and global leaders in major industries including energy and natural resources; financial services; food and agribusiness; healthcare, life sciences and education; real estate, development and construction; and technology, manufacturing and transportation. Our robust international trade group includes experienced attorneys based right here in Kansas City.

Kansas City Southern

Kansas City Southern (KCS) is a transportation holding company with railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama.  KCS' North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a railway network, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.


Companies are finding it is easier than ever to do business abroad. Along with the opportunity for increased revenue, profit, and jobs, doing business overseas brings more complexities to your tax planning and compliance. MarksNelson’s trusted business advisors can help you understand tax implications before you make a decision, not after. We strategically develop a plan that integrates your business and tax strategies to mitigate your tax liabilities when it comes to Domestic International Sales Corporations (IC-DISC), foreign business expansion, international tax structuring, inbound and outbound compliance and consulting, expatriate compliance and consulting, FATCA compliance and transfer pricing. At MarksNelson, we don’t just work for you. We work with you, to help safeguard and grow your business no matter the location.


Scarbrough, headquartered in Kansas City with local presence in every major port in the world, is a complete international and domestic supply chain service provider, offering U.S., Mexico, and Canada Customs brokerage, Import & Export Transportation Solutions, Warehouse Fulfillment services, Trade Compliance Consulting, Large Equipment and Project Cargo moves, as well as Parcel Audit Savings. Scarbrough is widely known for its trade experts, free training, personalized customer service, customized solutions, and data analytics tools to make reporting easy. Since 1984, Scarbrough has continued to satisfy its clients by following its motto on a daily basis: “It is our job to make your job easier.” www.scarbrough-intl.com

Shook Hardy & Bacon

Founded in 1889, Shook, Hardy & Bacon is one of the nation’s premier law firms with practices ranging from product liability to intellectual property, focusing on health, science, technology and consumer goods industries. Shook employs more than 480 attorneys in 13 offices worldwide, including 300 at Shook’s Kansas City headquarters.