Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program

The Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP) was founded in 1995 by Barnett Helzberg, Jr., former owner and President of Helzberg Diamonds. Inspired by his twenty-three year mentoring relationship with Ewing Kauffman, HEMP matches seasoned, successful entrepreneur mentors with less-experienced entrepreneur mentees.


With more than 14,000 members worldwide, Vistage International provides unparalleled access to new business perspectives, innovative strategies and actionable ideas to chief executives and business leaders.

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

We’re 2500 businesses, civic organizations, and non-profits. And we’re the 350,000 employees of those member companies. We’re a strong voice on issues affecting you, your business, and your community.

We’re old (founded in 1887) and we’re new – with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and helping you grow your business. And we’re opportunity – providing you ways to get smarter, more visible, and better connected.