Edgar is one of the founding members of our ESHIP Communities Council in Kansas City. The ESHIP Communities program is a community-driven approach for building entrepreneurial ecosystems that foster inclusion, relationships, collaboration, and social capital across networks of entrepreneurs and those who support them.
Q: What is your deeper “why” behind your commitment and work to support inclusive entrepreneurship in Kansas City?
A: The fact that teaching others how to fish secures their future in an independent way. The fact that enabling others to produce on their own and generate their own richness will strengthen their foundation, increase their equity, and create a quality of life that is real and secure.
A: I have been very successful in life, and yet I was not happy. I became bankrupt and had to find myself again. I found ‘me’ in the community and discovered that I could invest all my knowledge and abilities into helping the quality of life of the people. I discovered that I was my own worst enemy, I had to humble myself and understand my new reality. Challenging myself to give more, and not just take, led to me generating balance in my life, my family, and my community.
A: I found myself in community, found my own identity and purpose, and decided to put all my energy in building the foundation of the community I serve.
A: I hope to see the complete integration of the under-resourced members of our community, the understanding of their reality by those who are well resourced and the creation and establishment of systems that are more humanistic, versatile, and inclusive. I hope to see a system that enables the members of our community to grow, promotes their well being, and supports those who experience challenging realities.
A: Take people as they come, help them build from their own foundation up, and show people the way to their own greatness.
A: I have always had the ability to define paths to obtain goals and achieve results. I learned since I was 9 years old that visualizing and planning for road maps gets you to your goal with the most certainty.
A: When the mentees or entrepreneurs are able to give and pay it forward because of their own gains.
A: The community is willing and ready to invest in itself. The resilience of Central Avenue and its community shows bright and strong.
A: To generate the ability in people to be able to make more than ends meet and conquer their own goals!
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