Henry Bloch believed in hard work that generates success and using that success to give back to the Kansas City community. Henry once said “We love to test things. No matter how good an idea sounds, test it first.” This year’s honorees have tested their ideas and the systems they’re part of, asking how they work, and how they could be different. In so doing, each one has changed their industry and community for the better.

Join us as we celebrate a legacy of entrepreneurship that lives on in Kansas City.

2021 Honorees:

David Steward, Founder/Chair, World Wide Technology
Henry W. Bloch International Entrepreneur of the Year

Justin Davis, Founder/CEO, BacklotCars
Kansas City Entrepreneur of the Year

Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-founder of B Lab/B Corporations
Marion and John Kreamer Award for Social Entrepreneurship

Student Entrepreneur of the Year – Coming Soon

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021 | Time: 5:30–8:30 pm | Location: Copekan Theater at H&R Block World Headquarters
Dress: Business Attire | For questions or mobility concerns, contact

Tickets will be on sale soon.

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