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The WBC News July 31, 2010

In This Issue
Economic Development
KC Crew Golf Tourney
WEN Receives Grant
Bloggers Needed

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FastTrac New Venture for Women Begins Sept. 9
This class is a $700 value, but we are offer it for only $400!
 If you want to start a new business, or grow the one you have, FastTrack New Venture can provide your with the support and direction you need to get there.  This 10-session business development course improves the likelihood of success of would-be and new business owners.  This course helps you: 
  • Prove the feasbility of your business concept, service or product
  • Understand cash flow
  • Hear from experts on topics such as
    • Marketing
    • Financing options
    • Legal structure
  • Make valuable connections with your classmates
Investing your time, energy and dollars now on FastTrac New Venture will pay off in the long-run. 
(For an overview of the class, click here.)
Thursday September 9 - November 11, 2010
meets 10 consecutive Thursdays
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Women's Business Center
8527 Bluejacket St.
Lenexa, KS  66215
$400 (some partial scholarships may be available if you meet the criteria)
to sign up, email jmathews@kansaswbc.com  or call 913-438-8187.
A 16 Point Gameplan for the U.S. Economy
Inc. Magazine has just released an article that serves as "a game plan to help revitalize the Americaneconomy."  The article is called Revitalizing the American Dream, and details 16 steps for how to promote entrepreneurial optimism and create jobs. Inc. underlined the importance of startups by echoing a recent Kauffman report and drawing attention to the overwhelming percentage of new jobs that come from start up businesses. 
Even though startups are responsible for most new jobs, the rate of business creation since the early1990s has been relatively stagnant, hovering around about 500,000 startups each year.  How can the rate of startup creation be increased?  
For the highlights of Inc.'s entrepreneurial game plan, read on...
Innovation in Economic Development
The U.S. Economic Development Administration has announced that it is now accepting applications for the 2010 Innovation in Economic Development Awards. The deadline for entries is August 27th, 2010 and winners will be announced October 27th, 2010. The purpose of the awards is to "recognize innovative economic development projects or strategies of national significance."

There are four award categories:
* Innovation in Regional Innovation Clusters (RICs)
* Innovation in Commercialization
* Innovation in Global Export Promotion
* Innovation in Green Technology

The Innovation in Commercialization category "promotes the commercialization of university research and technology, business incubators and research parks to foster job creation." The issue of moving innovations from university labs to the marketplace has been the subject of much discussion in policy circles and the government lately. Most recently, Dane Stangler from the Kauffman Foundation testified before the Joint Congressional Committee and provided several recommendations.

A list of the 2009 EDA Awards winners can be found here.  
KC CREW 7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament -  August 30th
KC CREW will host it's 7th annual charity golf tournament to benefit the Women's Employment Network on Monday, August 30th at the prestigious Loch Lloyd Country Club (five minutes south of MartinCity).  Join us at 9:00 a.m. for unlimited use of the first-class driving range and registration to open at 9:30 a.m.  The event is scheduled for an 11:00 a.m. shotgun start with a four player scramble format.  For more event details, including great prize give-aways, read more.
 WEN Receives Grant from the J. Jill Compassion Fund
 In June 2010 the Women's Employment Network was selected to receive a $10,000.00 one-time grant from the J. Jill Compassion Fund through the Boston Foundation. 
The J. Jill Compassion Fund is committed to providing support to community-based organizations that help poor and homeless women become self-sufficient.  The J. Jill Compassion Fund was established in June 2002, and since its inception J. Jill has donated more than 2.3 million to the fund and given more than 1.5 million in grants.
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Coming Soon is the new website, www.OneKCforWomen.net.  This site is being designed as a one-stop for women who are looking to achieve financial independence and can be assisted by the programs offered through Women's Employment Network, Women's Business Center or Women's Capital Connection.  One site feature will be a weekly blog topic, giving women the opportunity to share their experiences, advice, or expertise on a topic, issue, resource, or program that relates to employment, women business owners and financial independence.  With this blog, we hope to create an online community for women that is both informative and supportive.
Do you want to position yourself as a subject-matter expert?  Promote a business?  Offer advice, expertise, or a valuable experience from which others can learn?  If so, then WE NEED YOU to share by writing a 500-600 word article that can be posted on the OneKC for Women website.   Our goal is to have a library of articles from which we can select each week's blog topic.  Authors will be notified before their article is posted.  And please, feel free to submit more than one!
All submissions should be sent via email to BlogOneKC@kcwen.org.
Judy Mathews
Program Manager
Women's Business Center
8527 BlueJacket
Lenexa, KS  66214
The Women's Business Center is proud to be a founding partner of OneKC for Women.