Kansas City - Cradle of Entrepreneurs Series Continues during Global Entrepreneurship Week with Danny O'Neill at The Kansas City Public Library

For Immediate Release:
November 9, 2011
Contact: Lorenzo Butler
816.701.3669
Kansas City - Cradle of Entrepreneurs Series Continues during Global Entrepreneurship Week with Danny O'Neill at The Kansas City Public Library

p>To kick off Global Entrepreneurship Week, Library Director Crosby Kemper III conducts a public conversation with Danny O'Neill, founder of The Roasterie, on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, at 8 a.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

One of the most sought-after experts in the coffee industry, O'Neill founded The Roasterie in the basement of his Brookside home in 1993, Since starting the company, O'Neill has catapulted it into one of the most renowned specialty coffee roasters in the nation. With a commitment to finding the best coffees from around the world, O'Neill partners directly with farmers and pays above market value for top-of-the-line beans. Since 2010, nine of The Roasterie's coffees have received a ranking of 90 or higher on CoffeeReview.com, the premier international coffee-buying guide.

The discussion is part of Kansas City - Cradle of Entrepreneurs, an ongoing series of public conversations with some of Kansas City's most iconic and innovative business founders. O'Neill's discussion also serves as the Library's kick-off to Global Entrepreneurship Week, an initiative co-founded by Kauffman Foundation CEO Carl Schramm involving 115 countries while celebrating job creators who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life and drive economic growth. Other Kansas City entrepreneurs participating in public discussions during the week are Ollie Gates of Gates Bar-B-Q (Wednesday, November 16) and Clara Reyes of Dos Mundos (Thursday, November 17).

Admission to the O'Neill discussion is free. A 7:30 a.m. continental breakfast courtesy of The Roasterie precedes the presentation. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407.

Major funding for programs at the Kansas City Public Library is provided by a generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.