May 2010
What Small Businesses Need to Know About Social Media!
Save the date for this important workshop coming on Wednesday, June 16, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Unlock the mysteries of using social media in your business:
  • Learn the different social media mechanisms
  • Develop a policy in the workshop for existing employee use of social media
  • How to effectively use social media to recruit new employees
  • Develop a basic marketing strategy using social media
During this two hour session, you will work with experts to develop a
policy for your employees, and an actual marketing or public relations strategy using social media.  
You can't afford to be behind in using this technology!
For more information, contact
Starting a Successful Business 

When:            Monday, July 26, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Where:          The Women's BusinessCenter
                        8525 Bluejacket
                        (located in the Enterprise Center of Johnson County)
                        Lenexa, KS66214
Cost:               $25.00
RSVP:            Registration required.
                        Call Judy Mathews, 913-492-5922

This two hour workshop is designed to give you, the aspiring female entrepreneur, the information needed to evaluate your business idea, determine start-up costs and define a customer market.  In this workshop you will explore the feasibility of your business idea with a focus on pricing, legal entity set up, building your team, capital needed to get started, and where and how to find that financing.

We'll help you make the dream of owning your own business a reality!

ITSOkc Series
Don't Miss Out On This Informative and Relevant Information Technology Workshop Series 
There is only one workshop remaining in our IT workshop series entitled Copywriting - Everything You Need to Know & Do, June 9, presented by Ray Norris, ITSOkc (Information Technology Services of Kansas City). Norris teaches the Small Business Owner tips and tricks to GETTING THEIR COPY READ. Here is a tip. People don't read.... they scan. There is a saying: "Copy is KING!" This is so true;  it's the WORDS - it's all about the WORDS. This workshop will teach you how to USE WORDS EFFECTIVELY in all of your Digital Communications. This is our MOST IMPORTANT WORKSHOP!
Dates:        June 9
Time:          9:00 - 10:30 AM
Location:   The Women's Business Center
                    8527 Bluejacket St., Lenexa, KS 66215
Cost:          $20 per workshop
Registration required. Call Judy Mathews, 913-492-5922 to register.
Client looking for opportunity to share business space:
If your business has extra space (about 500 square feet) and are interested in renting some of that space out to a photography studio, please contact her at
Other Upcoming Workshops 
Leading New Ventures Workshop:
This workshop primarily focuses on the tasks, not the personality, of the CEO. Specifically, we will consider six key practices you need to effectively lead your new venture. The seminar will be led by Dr. Joel Wiggins, President & CEO of the Enterprise Center of Johnson County and Executive Manager of the Mid America Angels Investments, LLC. Enterprise Center of Johnson County, 8527 Bluejacket, June 10th, 11am-1pm, $50(box lunch included). To register - online at, call 913-438-2282 or email
The Process of Raising Capital Workshop:
This workshop helps entrepreneurs understand the process of raising capital. Topics covered include traits necessary for raising capital, angel investors (who are they and what do they look for in an investment), federal and state securities laws, Regulation D, private placement memorandums, and subscription documents. Enterprise Center of Johnson County, 8527 Bluejacket, June 17th, 11am-1pm, $50(includes boxed lunch). To register - online at, call 913-438-2282 or email
Dave Cummings - From Start up to Success:
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Enterprise Center of Johnson County
Cost: $25 box lunch included
To Register: Contact Jayne at

Please join us to hear about Dave Cummings' journey from start-up to success. Dave Cummings is the owner of Tradebot Systems and Tradebot Ventures. Tradebot uses computer algorithms to provide liquidity to the stock market. Dave started Tradebot in 1999 out of a spare bedroom with a $10,000 investment. Some days Tradebot accounts for over 10% of the total U.S. stock market volume.
Enterprising Women

When: June 9, 2010, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Where: Metropolitan Community Collegem Maple Woods Campus
Education Center, Room 110
2601 NE Barry Road, Kansas City, MO 64156
As Metropolitan Community College continues tofocus its purchasing efforts on diverse suppliers, the Purchasing Department is excited to  provide the third session in our series entitled "Enterprising Women". Enterprising Women is a networking forum designed to introduce MCC's internal customers and external partners to women entrepreneurs who are successful business owners in their various industries. For more information contact Chris Kelly at 816-604-1106 or email .
Hospital Hill Run - 2010 WEN Team 
The Women's Employment Network has joined forces with the Grandfather of all runs - the Hospital Hill Run! We invite you to be a part of the 2010 WEN team as a runner, walker, volunteer or donor! All proceeds raised from this event will benefit the Women's Employment Network.
It's Easy to Join Our Team or to Donate - click HERE  
 For more information, please contact Amie Hankel at 816-595-1297 or
Fashion Show to Benefit the Women's Employment Network 
When: Monday, June 7th
Where: Webster House
           (1644 Wyandotte, KCMO)
Time: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Cost: $45.00 (lunch + Fashion Show) / $60.00 (lunch + Fashion Show + 3 Raffle Tickets for a chance to win great prizes )
Click HERE to buy your tickets online
For more information, contact Amie Hankel - 816-595-1297 or  
Kander & Rigby presents:  Bitesize Business Law Seminars
KA monthly opportunity to learn from KC's top attorneys and discuss practical implications with fellow business executives. Every lunch/seminar is a great opportunity to:
  • Get an in-depth briefing on issues facing today's business owner.
  • Ask experienced attorneys about specific matters affecting your business.
  • Learn how other business executives are approaching a topic in their companies.
  • Our next Bitesize Business Law Seminar will be on June 4th from 11:45 - 1:30 PM at Cafe Trio on the Plaza. We will discuss IP Audits: why you need one, what value it can bring to your business, and how to minimize the cost.
Cost of attendance is $25 and includes your lunch.  RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY by emailing your contact information to
Top 10 Small Businesses  
Congratulations to the following businesses who were chosen as the "Top 10 small Businesses" by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce:
Overland Park, Kansas

Bishop-McCann, LLC
Kansas City, Missouri

ColorMark, Inc.
Kansas City, Missouri

Global Medical Direct
Kansas City, Missouri

Magic Touch Cleaning, Inc.
Lee's Summit, Missouri

P/Strada, LLC
Kansas City, Missouri

Straub Construction Company
Shawnee, Kansas

The Purple Guys
Kansas City, Missouri

The Roasterie, inc
Kansas City, Missouri
Patent Backlog Stifling Job Creation 
The director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), David Kappos, said recently that the USPTO is hampering the creation of millions of potential jobs because of its inability to keep pace with the volume and complexity of the applications it receives. [More]
Economic Bloggers Have Mixed View 
The nation's leading economics bloggers have a more balanced outlook than last quarter, according to a new Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation survey. [More]
States Provide Funding & Incentives for Entrepreneurs 
A recent piece on, "States that Truly Bet on Small Business," offers a glimpse at a Spinal Tap-esque list (it goes to 11) of states that strongly promote entrepreneurship through funding programs. Which states -- and programs -- make the list?  [More] 
Understanding Women Entrepreneurs 
There has been a lot talk in the past year about job creation, entrepreneurship and economic recovery. Under the economic pressures, it became more important to than ever to examine closely how to unleash the entrepreneurial potential of various groups in society. We know for example that women are under-represented among business founders in high-tech and other high-growth fields despite their increasing participation in science and engineering. Fortunately, we are better prepared every day to inform policy. Today, I examine some of the most recent findings on the factors that affect the survival and growth of startups founded by women.  [More]
Women In the News 
Congratulations to:
Denise Henning
, The Henning Law Firm, who was named Women's Justice Trial Practitioner of the Year by Missouri Lawyers Media
Kathy Bennett, Bennett Packaging & Displays was recognized by the Small Business Administration  as the 2010 Women in Business Champion
Jeanette Prenger, ECCO Select received the Small Business Administration's Minority Small Business Champion award.
In This Issue
What Small Businesses Need to Know About Social Media!
Starting a Successful Business
ITSOkc Series
Client Looking to Share Business Space
Other Upcoming Workshops
Hospital Hill Run
Fashion Show to Benefit the Women's Employment Network
Bitesize Business Law Seminars
Top 10 Small Businesses
Patent Backlog Stifling Job Creation
Economic Bloggers Have Mixed View
ArtStates Provide Funding & Incentives for Entrepreneurs
Understanding Women Entrepreneurs
Women In the News
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