Determination, incorporated

Determination, Incorporated is a Kansas City-based nonprofit creating a pathway to opportunity for formerly incarcerated people through entrepreneurship. We are working together to help people behind bars grow businesses.

Check out our 2018 Year in Review (link) to see what we do.

Rise Up, Get Started entrepreneurship competitions will help formerly incarcerated people kickstart their entrepreneurial endeavors across three project categories: Do Good, This is a Test, & Fuel. You can learn more and help us grow the competitions here.

Be the Boss is a business support group for formerly incarcerated people. At each session, experts from the entrepreneurial community present followed by group discussion.

2nd and 4th Thursdays at UMKC Innovation Center, 6:30 PM: 4747 Troost, KCMO 64110

3rd Mondays at Bluford Library, 5 PM: 3050 Prospect Ave, KCMO 64128

Check out the Be the Boss workbook (link) for resources to start and grow your business.

Note: Group does not meet if there is a winter weather or ice storm WARNING.

Determination, Incorporated Advisory Council Application: Have you spent time in incarceration? Do you live in Kansas City? We want to hear from you. Help us build this early-stage nonprofit. Fill out this form to join the advisory council.

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Kyle J Smith is the founder of Determination, Incorporated. He is an entrepreneurial ecosystem builder in Kansas City, Missouri. After two years with KCSourceLink, an internationally-replicated central hub for all things entrepreneurship, Kyle started Determination, Incorporated.

Kyle volunteers as a community organizer with 1 Million Cups Kansas City, the birthplace of the Kauffman Foundation-supported program, and a Startup Huddle ambassador with the Global Entrepreneurship Network.


Cell phone: 816-607-1873

PODCAST: Own it: Starting a Business After Prison

Can entrepreneurship help to reduce recidivism? AKA, can starting a business stop someone from going back to prison? Let's find out.

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