March 2010
ITSOkc Series
Don't Miss Out On This Informative and Relevant Information Technology Workshop Series 
Most small business owners tell us that they believe the absence of a quality website creates a real "hole" in their business presence, and that more than ever before, they need to communicate their brand identity.
Beginning on April 14, The Women's Business Center will offer a series of five IT workshops entitled Marketing in the Digital Age, presented by Ray Norris, ITSOkc (Information Technology Services of Kansas City).
Dates:        April 14, April 28, May 12, May 26, June 9 & June 23
Time:         9:00 - 10:00 AM
Location:   The Women's Business Center
                  8527 Bluejacket St., Lenexa, KS 66215
Cost:          $20 per workshop, or $90 for series of five
Registration required. Call Judy Mathews, 913-492-5922 to register.
April 14: A Digital Marketing Primer
A fast-paced inroduction to today's most popular internet-based digital marketing trends. Learn how to use these new "channels" and techniqures to connect to prospective customers as well as create increased value to existing customers, resulting in sustained loyalty. This workshop will get you excited about the possibilities within your reach.
April 28: Websites - Everything You Should Know 
This workshop is about how small business can and should be in the driver's seat when it comes to their website.  Its a workshop on what works and what doesn't work. At the conclusion, each person will understand the steps they need to follow to insure their website represents them and their business well.
May 12: Inbound Marketing Basics 
Creating notoriety - give to get.
May 26: Search Engine Optimization Basics
June 9: Copywriting - Copy is King
June 23: Website Design Basics
Wednesday's Women 
Join us to experience a supportive environment that helps you remain focused and motivated. Learn new ways to market yourself, network in the community and with your peers, and remain confident and relevant in today's marketplace. Subject matter experts will provide you with take-aways for each session.
Next Session:
April 7:  My Plan for the Future  
Denise Upah Mills, LeaderFuel Now
Discover how to set and achieve bold goals; techniques for building inner personal strength reate the most interest for your readers.
Springboard Forum 
The AllThingsLifeSciences/CleanTech: 2010 is the 20th venture forum produced by venture-catalyst Springboard Enterprises. As a part of our signature venture capital forums, the program will source, qualify, coach and showcase women-led emerging growth companies from the life sciences and clean tech sectors who are seeking equity capital for product development and expansion. Applications are now open.
Leadership Lyceum 
The Central Exchange presents its eighth annual Leadership Lyceum, a one-day conference with outstanding speakers and networking opportunities.

This year's theme is New Game. New Rules. Leading in Today's World.

And because 2010 is a "new game" for us all, we have a new format for this year's conference. The focus is on a forecast of what the next ten years will bring and how we can each make our own future in this decade of drastic change, including the skills to be effective leaders in whatever endeavors we choose.

Click here to read more and to register.
Other Upcoming Workshops 
Linked-In Bootcamp Workshop:
April 8th, 11am-1pm, $25*
Protecting Your Intellectual Property Workshop:
April 15th, 11am-1pm, $25*
The Process of Raising Capital Workshop:
April 22nd, 11am-1pm, $50*
Investment Grade Presentations Workshop: 
April 29th, 11am-1pm, $50*

Twitter Bootcamp - Discover How Twitter Can Increase Your Visibility
May 6th, 11am-1pm, $25*
Using the Internet to Grow Your Business Workshop 
May13th, 11am-1pm, $25*
Facebook & MySpace for Business Workshop
May 20th, 11am-1pm, $25*
Location of all workshops is The Enterprise Center of Johnson County Conference Center, 8527 Bluejacket St, Lenexa, KS66214. *Box lunch is included in these workshops. Registration and information online at or contact Jayne Vehlewald,, 913-438-2282 ext 103.
Kansas Citians: Want to Grow Your Business? 
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WEN Luncheon
You have to hear their stories to believe it!
Join us in honoring the strong, dedicated women in our community who have conquered tremendous obstacles to achieve economic stability - for themselves and their families.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Crown Center Ballroom
2345 McGee, Kansas City, Missouri 64108
For more information or to buy tickets, click here.
Helzberg Online Raffle
Thank you to Helzberg Diamonds for donating the beautiful jewelry below to the 2010 Women's Employment Network luncheon. Tickets are $10.00 each. Raffle Tickets may be purchased on-line by clicking here.
WEN Job Fair 
The first of our two 2010 Job Fairs is set for Thursday, May 20th at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center (Pershing Hall). The event is open to the public and will run from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.
For more information, pricing options, and to print out and mail in your registration form - click HERE
To register on-line, click HERE 

Thank you to the Hyatt Regency Crown Center for donating the space for the event and for validating parking for both vendors and job seekers during the event. We would like to recognize and thank our 2010 spring Job Fair Presenting Sponsor: Kansas City Home Care, Inc.
Business Incubators and Job Creation 
A House Committee on Small Business hearing last week covered the topic of "Business Incubators and Their Role in Job Creation." Testifying before the committee was Dr. Robert Strom of the Kauffman Foundation who called the newfound attention "the silver lining to the economic crisis our country now faces." 
Save the Date!
The MidAmerica Minority Business Development Council invites you to attend the 14th Annual Business Opportunity Fair on May 27th at the Overland Park Convention Center.
Today's economic climate suggests that to have a winning hand and longevity in the marketplace, small and minority businesses and corporations must develop relationships with each other that add value. The key to increasing the value of your most important asset-you-is improving your visibility. People do business with people they know. 

By attending the Business Opportunity Fair on May 27th, 2010 at the Overland Park Convention Center you do just that.

For more information visit
FastTrac® TechVenture™ Kansas City Business Skills for High-Tech Entrepreneurs 
Kansas City, May 15-June 23, 2010

In today's marketplace, it's not enough to know just the technology or science. Discover what you need to consider about starting, operating, funding, and growing a technology, life sciences-based, or 'green' industry business.
Designed specifically for entrepreneurs in the fields of technology, life sciences, and 'green industries,' FastTrac® TechVenture™ connects entrepreneurs to the best resources available to help their business succeed. An award-winning program of the Kauffman Foundation, FastTrac® TechVenture™ helps entrepreneurs develop their business plans, investor presentations, elevator pitches, and all of the necessary tools to acquire funding to launch or grow a business. This program is specially designed for up and coming technology entrepreneurs in the Kansas City region.
Go to or call FastTrac® customer service at 816-454-4380. The application deadline for the Spring 2010 session is April 30, 2010. 
States & Cities Efforts to Help Small Business 
Elizabeth Olson's New York Times article "What States and Cities are Doing to Help Small Businesses" highlights several initiatives at the state and municipality levels to save small businesses and jobs.
In This Issue
ITSOkc Series
Wednesday's Women
Springboard Information
Leadership Lyceum
Other Upcoming Workshops
Want to Grow Your Business?
WEN Luncheon
WEN Job Fair
Business Incubators and Job Creation
The MidAmerica Minority Business Development Council
FastTrac® TechVenture
States & Cities Efforts to Help Small Business
KWBC Sponsors
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