KC businessman James S. Allen Jr. will be honored Wednesday at White House ceremony

08/26/2014 4:59 PM

08/26/2014 6:13 PM

A Kansas City businessman and Navy veteran will receive an entrepreneurship award Wednesday at a White House ceremony.

James S. Allen Jr., co-founder of Honor Capital, was selected as a 2014 recipient of the Champions of Change award.

The award recognizes those who continue to serve their country through a small business or nonprofit group that creates jobs, economic growth and other help for their communities.

Allen, one of 12 picked for the award from 600 applications, is being recognized for his work at Honor Capital, a Kansas City business that helps post-9/11 veterans become small-business owners.

Allen, who lives in Parkville and was one of the founders of the National Golf Club, is part of a Navy family, with his father and son also serving. His son, Jamie Allen, and Marc Esposito, an Army veteran, are also co-founders of Honor Capital.

The White House ceremony Wednesday afternoon will be attended by the award recipients and their families. The program will feature remarks by Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden.

To learn more about the White House Champions of Change, go to www.whitehouse.gov/champions.

To reach Steve Everly, call 816-234-4455 or send email to severly@kcstar.com.

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