Novel City Chamber of Innovation
4421 Prospect Avenue
Kansas City MO 64130
Novel City
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 6781389
Mission Statement

Novel City Chamber of Innovation is a 501c3 nonprofit and minority led community economic development partner established to empower diverse entrepreneurs, innovators and corporate professionals.

  • Mission: To maximize the value of unified diversity by developing and promoting innovation and entrepreneurship through physical and virtual platforms.
  • Vision: To increase the rate of innovation within communities, businesses, governments and organizations in order to provide a generation of innovators with a legacy of true freedom.
  • Value Statement: Novel City as a collective body will uphold a high standard for expertise, integrity, fairness, creativity, and excellence.
CEO/Executive Director Phillippe Jabbar Wesley Sr.
Board Chair Josh Kimbrough
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Partners (interim board chair)
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2007
Former Names
Good Money Foundation
United Races of America
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Check can be mailed to:
Novel City Chamber of Innovation
4421 Prospect Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64130
For credit card donations, in-kind donations, internship, community service hours and/or volunteer opportunities visit
Financial Summary
Revenue Expense Area Graph

Comparing revenue to expenses shows how the organizations finances fluctuate over time.

Source: IRS Form 990

Net Gain/Loss:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.
Mission Statement

Novel City Chamber of Innovation is a 501c3 nonprofit and minority led community economic development partner established to empower diverse entrepreneurs, innovators and corporate professionals.

  • Mission: To maximize the value of unified diversity by developing and promoting innovation and entrepreneurship through physical and virtual platforms.
  • Vision: To increase the rate of innovation within communities, businesses, governments and organizations in order to provide a generation of innovators with a legacy of true freedom.
  • Value Statement: Novel City as a collective body will uphold a high standard for expertise, integrity, fairness, creativity, and excellence.
Background Statement In 1987 a group of 9 individuals began meeting as New Life in Christ Christian Fellowship to discuss a grassroots movement that would transform lives in phenomenal ways. Within 21 years the organization grew to over 500+ members gaining a Grade A reputation and international influence reaching thousands of individuals in multiple countries. From this member group United Races was formed. United Races began in 2007 as a pro-diversity initiative of the Good Money Foundation. In 2008 a substantial amount of interest was shown by community volunteers who were compelled to GET INVOLVED. At that point the Executive Director was encouraged to make an executive decision to change the name of the organization to United Races. In 2012, our organization was at the forefront of the innovation renaissance. We led the South KC Innovation Committee in collaboration with the South KC Chamber of Commerce.  During this era we decided to establish the world's first chamber of innovation, Novel City Chamber of Innovation.  We've since led efforts at the local, regional and national and/or federal levels.  
Impact Statement
  1. Novel Day Innovation Summit 2017 was the finale event for Global Entrepreneurship Week and was a standout event among 120 other events taking place the week of November 13-17th. Throughout the day on Friday November 17th, KC Sourcelink reported that there were approximately 316 in-person attendees throughout the 8 hour event and 4400+ attended on our livestream via
  2. Received and allocated Techstars Foundation's $25,000 grant to the Student Dream Project to economically empower 50 students in Greater New York City, Washington DC, Houston, and Kenya through our 3rd annual Entrepreneur Summit, Pitch Competition and summer Groundwork program.
Met the following Measurable Goals:
  1. Trained 40 students at our 3rd annual entrepreneur summit and pitch competition at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering. Nicole Glaros participated as a judge in the pitch competition and Ramzy Ismail served as a panelist on our fundraising panel.
  2. Rise Fast Summit - Through this event, we were able to bring in speakers from other markets such as Boston and New York which shined a light on Kansas City's young professional community.
We are building a novel framework for developing collaborative partnerships with local libraries, museums and other key community stakeholders to increase and enhance the supply of community-building resources. Beginning October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2020, we are endeavoring to execute specific programs within the following areas of focus; Innovation Education Programming, Historic Innovation Asset Archiving, Innovation Advancement Events, Libraries and Museums of Innovation Market Research, Community Asset Mapping, Media Asset Building and Project Impact Reporting.
Needs Statement We are seeking $500,000 to fund our Novel Cities' Libraries and Museums of Innovation Initiative.
Service Categories
Management & Technical Assistance
Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Adult, Child Matching Programs
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement 2017 was a year that we as an organization were successful at laying a foundation for growth in 2018.  We were challenged due to our lack of manpower.  However the execution of our collaboration efforts by partnering with local nonprofits as well as nonprofits in other cities such as New York, Silicon Valley, Washington DC, Austin, and Barcelona, Spain to helped us to achieve certain financial and event-based milestones.  We are excited to be able to announce that we quadrupled our revenues from 2016.  We added a layer of wisdom to our organizational structure with the addition of an Executive Advisory Board which has proven to add significant value.  Our organization has a passion for the communities, entrepreneurs, youth and professionals that we serve.  For 2018 we are facing new challenges such as increasing the number of hours devoted to service as well as fundraising.  In doing so, we will be positioned to focus on the future of our organization versus being stifled and stagnant.  There is no doubt that there is a significant need to increase the rate of innovation and economic growth on a national scale.  Our organization is non-partisan and we were able to make a connection with the Trump administration as we did with the Obama administration as we were selected to be a 2016 MBK Commitment Maker and contributor to the President's 2016 MBK Report.  Though we made those commitments via we need your help to achieve all that we've expressed in this profile.  That said, I'd like to personally thank you in advance for your support and we look forward to reporting high impact results in the coming months. 
Description Designed to not only raise funds for our organization, but also raise funds for other non-profits and provide funding for initiatives and organizations that successfully implement our mission and vision. This program implements niche funding as well as support to small and big scale projects that generate more revenue opportunities for Kansas City as a whole.

The Funding the Future program includes the writing and submission of grant proposals, fundraising event development and facilitation, and major donor attraction and retention program development and execution. The following services will be offered:
  • Grant writing
  • E-communications with donors via social networking and other web-based interactive resources.
  • Private funds, investments and fund managers
Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Fundraising
Population Served US& International
Short-Term Success Through our grants, sponsors and donors program our clients immediately see the payback on dollars they’ve invested in our organization. As a result of interacting with United Races our clients receive a wealth of knowledge that can be applied to their present situations. In the past 12 months, we have witnessed significant and positive shifts in the behaviors and attitudes of individuals ranging from economic development and financial professionals to average individuals in the Kansas City workforce. These individuals have expanded their capacity to be successful, productive citizens and entrepreneurs who contribute to improving Kansas City’s quality of life.
Long-Term Success To generate and provide funds in order to:
  • Provide quality social services and resources to encourage racial diversity, workforce development and innovation.
  • Increase the return on each dollar invested in building diverse neighborhoods, churches, businesses, educational institutions, and governments and to;
  • Reduce the occurrences of gentrification substantially and stimulate economic growth by marketing unified racial diversity as a viable commodity.
Program Success Monitored By The grants, sponsors and donors program is currently being measured through means of logging grant and sponsorship requests made as well as grants and sponsorship funds that are granted. We also communicate via e-communications such as Survey Monkey, e-mail and web-based social networks which give our donors and sponsors the opportunity to give direct feedback to our regular updates on various projects that they have a vested interest in.
Examples of Program Success United Races has been granted a brand from the Kansas City Area Development Council who now incorporates the brand in presentations to attract college students to the Kansas City workforce. United Races has used this success to attract companies within the economic development, financial, youth, nonprofit, education and image consulting fields to be long-term donors/partners with our organization.

The NovelCity Chamber of Innovation will function as a virtual chamber devoted to the education and promotion of perpetual multi-cultural innovation, intra and entrepreneurship. The Chamber will be a valuable resource utilizing the following innovation focused platforms:

  • NovelWebinars
  • NovelConsortia
  • NovelNetworking Events
  • Novel Membership Benefits such as:

  1. Affinity programs
  2. Discounted to no-cost consulting
  3. NovelCity Marketing Matrix and more
Program Budget $130,000.00
Category Mutual, Membership Benefit, General/Other Mutual, Membership Benefit, General/Other
Population Served US& International
Short-Term Success

5 Year Milestones

  • Novel City will have trained and certified 2500 students who will have completed the Novelopment Cycle certification by 2022.
  • Novel City Chamber of Innovation staff as well as other complementary associations by 2021.
  • Novel Street Journal has a goal to attract and retain a minimum of 2500 subscribers by 2021.

1 Year Milestones

  • Novel City will have trained and certified 500 students who will have completed the Novelopment Cycle certification by 2018.
  • Novel Street Journal has a goal to attract and retain a minimum of 500 subscribers by 2018.

6 Month Milestones

  • Staff and implement training strategy for Novel City to train and certify 250 students who will have completed the Novelopment Cycle certification by 2018.
  • Retain web-developer to create front and back-end of the media website

Long-Term Success Novel City Chamber is established to offer additional resources such as; online learning tools, mentorship opportunities, office space and the complementary office services, product development and technology, product and graphic design, marketing expertise, financial consulting, human capital management and resources, viable research, legal, accounting and other business development support services. In addition, Novel City Chamber is being positioned to provide innovation focused events, entrepreneurship education programming, strategy consulting, fiscal agency support for other entrepreneurial capacity building organizations, branding and governance advice. Novel City Chamber primarily operates in the US, and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. As mentioned, our organization takes an “applied engineering approach” by maximizing the value of S.T.E.M. education and resources to building entrepreneurial capacity and assisting entrepreneurs with product, process, service, and/or system development. Novel City Chamber has developed a proprietary process designed axiomatically to guide entrepreneurs and innovators as they solve complex problems by developing a variety of viable end applications. Powered by our 24/7/365 access portal to the Novel City Chamber and the support of the solicited funding, our clients will be able to receive the necessary coaching, support and resources On Demand.
Program Success Monitored By Our organization will utilize analytical tools as well as surveys and in-person interviews to monitor progress for this program.
Examples of Program Success Novel City Chamber of Innovation has worked in collaboration with organizations such as New York based Student Dream, Sprint Accelerator to assist entrepreneurs and professionals via events, education resources, mentorship and fundraising in multiple cities including, Kansas City, New York, DC, Miami, Louisiana and several other cities though our main focus is the Greater Kansas City area. 

The Novel Day Innovation Showcase is a one-day event with a fast-paced event format. The event showcases the latest innovations from a collection of large, mid-sized and start-up businesses as well as expert speakers from within the quaternary sector which was mentioned above as the Media, Research, Education, Law, Finance and Tech industries. We have been successful at using this event platform to build entrepreneurial capacity in under-served communities, attracting & developing talent and entrepreneurial resources. Past sponsors & participants of this event included: Google, Kauffman Foundation, Cerner Corporation, Kansas City Area Development Council, Kansas City BizJournal, Sporting Innovations, ThinkBig Partners, University of Missouri, City of Kansas City, Bill Murphy Jr. (, Balance Point, Betablox, Small Business Development Center of Missouri, Missouri Gas Energy and Angel Capital Group - Kansas City Division.

Category Science & Technology, General/Other Science & Technology, General/Other
Population Served US& International
Short-Term Success We hope that the 2017 Novel Day Innovation Showcase will positively impact 250 innovators in the Kansas City region.
Long-Term Success We hope to host Novel Day Innovation Showcases in every major city around the world.
Program Success Monitored By We will monitor our success via surveys as well as search tracking tools and social media mentions tracking technology.
Examples of Program Success As a result of our Novel Day Innovation Showcase, we received feedback from participants who received startup funding, new joint ventures, speaking engagements as well as sales leads.
Description Novel Cities Libraries and Museums of Innovation Initiative, to assist libraries and museums in their efforts to overcome challenges associated with; advancing innovation, expanding and diversifying educational resources as well as convening, educating and activating community stakeholders.
Program Budget $500,000.00
Category Community Development, General/Other Community Development, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
  • Establish an innovation-based mentorship apparatus
  • Establish an innovation K-20 curriculum development committee
  • Establish certification program to engage and educate library and museum visitors
  • 130 interviews
  • 36 Novel City Ventures Graduates
  • 24 Small Fortunes Graduates
  • 60 blog posts and published articles
  • 515,000+ social media mentions
  • 5 class recap videos
  • 1440 in session photographs
  • 1200 anthology quote submissions
  • 20 progress reports
  • 360 historic document submissions
Long-Term Success
  1. Establishing new partnerships with libraries and museums.
  2. Identifying and developing.
  3. New international media asset development such as; Novel News Network, NovelStreet Journal and the Novel City Mobile Applications.
  4. Established as a collaborative, catalytic high impact venture development organization that effects meaningful socio-economic change on a global scale.
  5. Formation of a political action network focused on pro-innovation policy.
  6. Brand the month of November as Novel November and an international month of innovation in collaboration with libraries and museums both domestic and abroad.
  7. Commercial Real-estate via Novel City Co-working spaces and innovation parks via Federal Opportunity Zones and other types of special economic development districts.
Program Success Monitored By
  • Grantors
  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Advisory Board
  • Novel City Executive Staff 
Examples of Program Success
In 2017 we were honored as the Charity of Choice by Kansas City Securities Association and we received a KCMO Proclamation stating that:
  1. November 17, 2017 is declared to be NOVEL DAY.
  2. The month of November will be known as Novel November.
  3. The City of KCMO is a Novel City.
CEO Comments Our organization currently faces the challenge of raising the necessary funding needed to effectively administer the aforementioned programs.  However, we have made great strides to put key partnerships in place with local economic development professionals, fundraising consultants, entrepreneurs, clergy, private educational institutions as well as key city officials such as community development directors.  We believe by establishing and nurturing these key relationships we will be well positioned to roll out our fundraising strategy that provides win-wins and measurable outcomes for current and potential donors. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Phillippe Jabbar Wesley Sr.
Term Start Sept 2007
Experience Jabbar Wesley is an Economic Development Practitioner who has extensive experience in large scale commercial, industrial and complex, high-profile business attraction developments requiring up to $4.5 billion in capital investment.
In 2007, Mr. Wesley was hired by Missouri Gas Energy, a subsidiary of The Laclede Group to lead all economic development activities including developing and managing relationships with 155 cities as well as local, county, state and federal economic development organizations, architects, engineers, C-suite executives and major real-estate developers.
Mr. Wesley is the Founder of Novel City Chamber of Innovation which is a non-profit economic & business development organization focused on building entrepreneurial capacity and innovation eco-systems. Wesley was also the organizer of the 2012 Novel Day Innovation Showcase in partnership with Fortune 500 companies such as Google and Cerner Corporation as well as venture capitalists, municipalities, startups, chambers of commerce, and international media groups.
Mr. Wesley has expertise in comprehensive strategic planning, social network development, market research, valuation, and business development and has set on many boards both nonprofits as well as tech companies. He holds Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Economics and has studied Leading Innovation and Change at Robert Kennedy College of Zurich, Switzerland. In 2018, he was selected to be a KC Chamber Centurion c/o 2020.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Co-CEO Experience
Senior Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 20
Retention Rate 0%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 100
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Novel City  has collaborated with the following organizations and entities:
Techstars/Sprint Accelerator, ThinkBig Partners, Kaufman Foundation, GoogleFiber, T-Shirt Kings, White House Office of Science and Technology, Startup Village, Meka DeMille LLC, MECA Challenge, New York-based Student Dream, Culture Shift Labs New York, Jackson County Court Services, Life A New Preparatory Academy, Wise Heart Consulting Group, Angel Minds LLC, Partners X Change, DeMille Designs, New Life in Christ International Ministries, Kansas City Area Development Council, New Life Community Development Corporation, and ChristPusher Records and Sharon Dailey Designs and Crystal Clear Art.
Charity of ChoiceKansas City Securities Association2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments Our organization is currently working to develop and adopt additional policies that will serve as risk mitigating documents.  I am excited about the opportunities that financial stability will bring and the lives that will be positively affected by the decisions made by our management team. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Josh Kimbrough
Company Affiliation Community Partners (interim board chair)
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2019
Board Members
Wayne AlbrittonMy Private Home Inspector
Connie AndersonLife-A-New Preparatory Academ
Allen Brown Sr.Honeywell/NNSA Kansas City Plant
Michelle GinesMarketing Director
Brian GinesPurpose Publishing
Rafael HinesLocal Investment Commission (LINC)
Mr. Josh KimbroughCommunity Partners
Richard LucasBlue Cross Blue Shield
Bobbie SaulsberryMissouri Gas Energy
Bishop Keith Wesley Sr.New Life in Christ International Ministries
Lisa WesleyLife-A-New Preparatory Academy
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 11
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Development / Board Orientation
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Advisory Board Members
Chris BraudisInvestor
Ian ClarkeIP Attorney
Professor Kirk HowellArizona State University
Bruce IanniShottracker
Leo PrietoTico Productions
Cici RojasTico Productions
Dr. Karen VorstUMKC College of Arts and Sciences
CEO Comments As the Executive Director I foresee the aforementioned committees and boards being major catalysts to community economic development in the Kansas City area.  The organization has many obstacles to overcome such as solidifying vested community partners who will sustain our innovative programs that provide an atmosphere for exponential community growth. We have in place a strategic plan to integrate our prospective partners as well as viable programs targeted at assisting our community stakeholders. 
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $350,000
Projected Expenses $318,500
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 91
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • FY 2016: Financial data reported using the organization's internal financials.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$75,917$27,072--
Administration Expense$25,884$1,523--
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.02--
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%95%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$2,759$1,500--
Current Assets$2,759$1,500--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$2,474--
Total Net Assets$2,759($974)--
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--0.61--
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $10,000--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $2,500--
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $1,500--
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose
Organization Comments Our organization has faced our financial challenges head on.  We will continue to seek opportunities to raise funds in an innovative way that will not only serve to develop and sustain the programs but also to cover all operating expenses.  We have developed a strategic plan to attract major donors and financial partners.  We have also been consulted and are continuing to be consulted on how to partner with city, county, state and federal entities to take advantage of government grants and tax-credit incentives.
Revenue Opportunities
· Local and Federal Grants
· Charitable donors
· Fiscal Sponsorship opportunities
· Membership Dues/Levels
Elite- $50,000 NovelGlobe-
$35,000- NovelNation $20,000 Novel State- $15,000 Novel City- $10,000 Novel Hood - $5,000 Novel Block - $2500 Novel Citizen Sponsorships- Event, Campaign, Publication Sponsorship Opportunities Events- Monthly, Quarterly and Annual Events Publications- Novel Street Journal, anthologies, magazines & newsletters Advertisements- Sales through Novel City Media Platforms (web, social, video, email)  
Other Documents
Rise Faster Prospectus2017View
Novel Student Initiative2017View
Novel City Chamber of Innovation IRS Exempt Letter2016View
Fiscal Sponsor doc for White House I Have a Dream Summit Agenda2016View
Novel Day Innovation Showcase Prospectus2012View
Organization Name Novel City Chamber of Innovation
Address 4421 Prospect Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64130
Primary Phone (816) 6781389
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Phillippe Jabbar Wesley Sr.
Board Chair Josh Kimbrough
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Partners (interim board chair)
Year of Incorporation 2007
Former Names
Good Money Foundation
United Races of America