Kansas City - Cradle of Entrepreneurs Series Continues during Global Entrepreneurship Week with Ollie Gates 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 Ollie Gates at The Kansas City Public Library

Global Entrepreneurship Week continues as Library Director Crosby Kemper III conducts a public conversation with Ollie Gates of Gates Bar-B-Q on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

One of the pre-eminent names in barbeque, Gates' family restaurant has served as a tasty calling card for Kansas City since it was founded in 1946. From the familiar phrase of "Hi, may I help you?" that greets restaurant customers to its wildly popular sauces and party trays, the chain has grown to six stores in the Kansas City area and distributes its sauces to grocery and convenience markets. For his efforts, Gates has earned the Greater Kansas City Business Hall of Fame award and Restaurateur of the Year from the Missouri Restaurant Association.

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. Gates' discussion also serves as one of three Library events during 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 the public discussions are Danny O'Neill of The Roasterie, who precedes Gates on Tuesday, November 15, and Clara Reyes of Dos Mundos, who closes the week on Thursday, November 17.

Admission to the conversation with Gates is free. A 6 p.m. reception 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.