January, 2010
Wednesday's Women
For women currently in transition, assessing the next steps to new employment or entrepreneurial ventures. 
 
Join us on February 3, 2010 to experience a supportive environment that helps you remain focused and motivated. Learn new ways to market yourself, enhance your time, network in the community and with your peers, and remain confident and relevant in today's marketplace. 
 
Schedule:          1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month
Location:           Women's Employment Network
                          920 Main, Ste 100, Kansas City, MO 64105
Time:                 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Cost:                  $25 per month (Includes parking)
 
Requirements:
   
Women with recent work experience of five years or more, and displaced within 18 months.
RSVP:                
Registration required for each session. Call Kellie at 816.822.8083 x2398 or email at KShecut@KCWEN.org
CertificationSimplified Symposium
Friday, February 19
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Kansas City Convention Center/Bartle Hall
 
You need to be a part of this "first of its kind" symposium! This symposium is being endorsed by both National and Local organizations which include The Builders Association of Greater Kansas City, NAACP St. Louis and WIPP (Women Impacting Public Policy). Numerous state and local government agencies such as The Kansas Women's Business Centers, State of Missouri, Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City Ks and the City of Kansas City, Missouri are also involved in the program.
 
Additional support from major area businesses such as Turner Construction, Thinking Bigger Business Media, Walton Construction and UMB Bank validate the content value of the program and the resource guide each attendee receives. This is your opportunity to get all the documentation and information for ALL the certifications you need in Kansas and Missouri to participate in this opportunity rich market. For details and registration information click here.
 
9th Annual 25 Under 25 Awards 25 Under 25
Join host KC Small Business magazine, event sponsors, area business leaders and entrepreneurs for cocktails (cash bar), dinner, awards and an evening of live entertainment and dancing with the Dave Stephens Band, Saturday, February 27, 2010, at the Downtown Marriott in the Count Basie Room. Black tie optional.

The evening starts at 6 p.m.! Click here to reserve your tickets
 
Setting Up and Running an Advisory Board Workshop
This workshop covers why your business might be a good candidate to have an advisory board, how you set one up, how you compensate the board members, what the ideal board member looks like and how to develop a strategy to recruit them. Tips and suggestions will be included to help ensure that you are ready to manage advisory board meetings and gain the outcomes you are looking for. It will cover what is required for a successful meeting and what information you should provide to your board members.
 
This workshop will be presented by the Astra Group, a Johnson County human resource firm specializing in outsourced business solutions.
 
When:    February 4th, 11am-1pm
Where:   Enterprise Center of Johnson County, 8527 Bluejacket
Fee:       $25 (box lunch included)
 
To register: 
Online at www.ecjc.com, call 913-438-2282 or email jvehlewald@ecjc.com.
Peer-2-Peer Lending Workshop 
Doug Allen, CIO of Pioneer Financial Services - a division of MidCountry Bank, will explore the current marketplace of peer to peer lending. Mr. Allen has been an investor and peer lender at Zopa, Prosper and Lending Club for the past year and he will discuss the current state of P2P Lending, including investment opportunities and what's going on with the regulatory oversight of this new but growing area of social networking.

Doug has over 30 years experience in the technology industry in positions as diverse as computer programmer, hardware repair technician and networking engineer. He was CIO at Johnson County Community College and has 10 years experience in the Financial Services sector at Franklin Savings and Pioneer.

When:    February 25th, 11am-1pm
Where:   Enterprise Center of Johnson County, 8527 Bluejacket
Fee:       $25 (box lunch included)
 
To register: 
Online at www.ecjc.com, call 913-438-2282 or email jvehlewald@ecjc.com.
Market Validation Workshop with Rob Adams 
Hosted by Enterprise Center of Johnson County and Mid America Angels.
 
PIPELINE advisor and entrepreneurial expert and author, Rob Adams, shows you how to make sure you hit your target market before you spend a lot of money. He shows you the fast, systematic and proven approach of performing Market Validation in advance of making a large product investment.
 
When:    February 8th, 9:30am - 1pm
Where:   Enterprise Center of Johnson County, 8527 Bluejacket
Fee:       $75 (includes lunch and Adams' Book)
 
To register: 
Contact info@ktecpipeline.com or call 913-307-0004.
Using Video through YouTube or Vimeo to Pitch Your Company Workshop 
In less than 10 minutes, you can film, edit and upload a customer success story or product pitch to high-traffic destination websites like YouTube, Vimeo or Viddler. These enable quick production and sharing of video content from small handheld devices like cell phones or the new FlipMino HD. Once your videos are uploaded, they can be shared quickly through free mediums like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
 
In this workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of creating viral videos, product pitches, customer success stories and other business-centric tools to help increase sales, market your venture or raise capital. Bring a laptop, and if you want, a FlipMinoHD. This will be a hands-on workshop.
 
When:    February 11th, 11am-1pm
Where:   Enterprise Center of Johnson County, 8527 Bluejacket
Fee:       $25 (box lunch included)
 
To register: 
Online at www.ecjc.com, call 913-438-2282 or email jvehlewald@ecjc.com.
GLOBE Preparing Kansas City Executives for Global Engagement 
Global Leadership Opportunities for Businessess
 
Greater Kansas City Chamber's GLOBE Program
GLOBE is a focused, nine month program where highly accomplished international leaders representing varied backgrounds hone their skills throughout the monthly  day sessions. The GLOBE class also participates in the Annual Partnership Mission to Thailand, May 19-27, 2010 (separate costs).

GLOBE provides a forum where executives can exchange ideas, present strategies, collaborate on issues and develop a professional network on topics of mutual interests and interact with other professionals of global status. Contact Mary Pyle, 816-374-5483, pyle@kcchamber.com to register.
Diaspora Entrepreneurs: From Brain Drain to Brain Gain 
We have long argued that the American model for development assistance could improve dramatically if entrepreneurship becomes a stronger element of economic development efforts. Unfortunately, the importance of new firm creation is a concept that has yet to gain relevance in traditional development models, such as the Washington Consensus. However, there are a few actors who understand the power of entrepreneurship and have been using it to improve lives. For example, diaspora entrepreneurs are using their experience and understanding about entrepreneurship to invest in new ventures in their country of origin. These transnational entrepreneurs view a globe of porous borders. [More] 
Hotspots for Cleantech
As everyone continues to look to cleantech as a hot industry for the coming year, what are the best places to be to capitalize on the trend? A recent post from the Cleantech Group ranked the top universities, while an earlier post looked at the states. Not surprisingly, there is a strong correlation between the two lists. [More] 
Ranking the States:
South Dakota Down to DC
 25u25
South Dakota was recently named the most entrepreneur friendly state in the Small Business Survival Index put out each year by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council. The 2009 edition again ranks the policy environment of all 50 states plus the District of Columbia - which again finished last. [More]
First Step FastTrac Class  
Have you thought about starting your own business or expanding an existing one? Then check out the First Step FastTrac entrepreneurship course sponsored by Bishop Sullivan Center.
 
 
In This Issue
Wednesday's Women
CertificationSimplified Symposium
Setting Up and Running an Advisory Board Workshop
Peer-2-Peer Lending Workshop
Market Validation Workshop
Using Video to Promote Your Company Workshop
LOBE Preparing Kansas City Executives for Global Engagement
Diaspora Entrepreneurs
Hotspots for Cleantech
Ranking the States
First Step FastTrac Class
 
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