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Women's Business Center Newsletter
Save the Date - Thursday, November 11, 2010 
The Women's Business Center is pleased to announce the upcoming  "Equity Matters - Kansas City" - a practical seminar on financing options for women business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.  It's an insider's view on raising capital to start or expand your business and tools and templates to help you plan your strategy. Includes expert speakers - investors, lenders, and entrepreneurs who are actively involved in financing businesses. 
You won't want to miss this - more information coming later.
itsokc Digital Marketing Workshops
ITSOKCBack by popular demand, the Digital Marketing - What You Should Know and Do! If you want to learn how to make sure your Website, Newsletters, and Social Marketing work together to create an effective multi-channel Digital Marketing Strategy, these are the workshops for you!
SEO Basics - learn how to make sure your website is found - it's all about your reader
Copywriting - write so readers will 'tune-in'
+ Plus 2 NEW WordPress 3.x Administration and Website Management workshops. Get ready to create and manage your own website - it's easy!
Click here for more information on classes
Workshops are held every other Wednesday from 9:00 - 10:30 am
Women's Business Center
8527 Bluejacket Street
Lenexa, KS 66214
Register by emailing, call 913-438-8187, or click HERE to register online!
African Women visit Women's Business Center
AGOA Women
On August 6, 2010, The Women's Business Center was honored to host a delegation of 34 African women entrepreneurs and convene a segment of the Ninth Annual US Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Corporation, better know as the AGOA  (African Growth & Opportunity Act) Conference on agribusiness in Kansas City, Missouri. After spending two days in Washington D.C, the venue moved to our area, since Kansas City is a big agribusiness hub for the United States.
These African business women spent two days here, meeting American business representatives ranging from farm-equipment producers to seed developers and sellers. They also visited a local farm to see how technology has radically transformed the American farm, a coffee roasterie, and the Kauffman Foundation.
The Women's Business Center was the final stop. Here they heard  presentations on Women's Capital Connection, our women's angel investor group and MidAmerica Angels, an angel investor group which is a program of Enterprise Center of Johnson County, and were given an opportunity to ask questions and get answers.
Some of the industries represented by these business owners included:
  • Food processing of products such as honey, fish, mangoes and other fruit
  • Textile, furniture, garment, gift item and pottery manufacturing
  • Livestock and crop production
  • Business and Marketing consulting
  • Magazine Publication.
KC Biz Live - Business Showcase 2010
Thursday, October 7th
3:00 - 6:00 pm
North Hall of Union Station
30 West Pershing Rd. 
Kansas City, MO 64108
This event will be open to the public and free to attend!
Make business-to-business connections at this Chamber event that attracts more than 1,000 movers and shakers from throughout the region! 
You can showcase your company at a tabletop exhibit.
You are invited to reserve your table now ($200 regular, $150 nonprofit) to get a premier location with extra visibility. Table placement is first-come-first-served, so act fast!
RSVP for your table with Brande Stitt via email:
From the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship Blog...
Entrepreneurial Resilience
posted by Mark Marich on 8/9/10
A new Kauffman Foundation study shows that startups are resilient in job creation and durability. Previous research had confirmed that and again that startups are responsible for net new job growth in the U.S. economy. This new study, After Inception: How Enduring is Job Creation by Startups?, reveals another reason to be optimistic about higher startup creation rates: the majority of the employment startups generate remains as new firms age. This special characteristic further confirms that startups have a lasting impact on the economy. Read the full blog post
Entrepreneurs: Financial Risk-takers?
posted by Mark Marich on 8/9/10
Conventional wisdom says that entrepreneurs are financial risk-takers, but a new Kauffman Foundation research report, Business Owners, Financial Risk, and Wealth, suggests business owners don't view their business ventures as particularly risky. Read the full blog post here
PIPELINE Now Taking Appliciations for 2011 Fellowship
PIPELINE is an immersion program designed to identify the most talented, high-growth technology entrepreneurs in Kansas and propel their dynamic growth.
PIPELINE is an "immersion experience," linking each Innovator into a robust and powerful network of supporters, peers and mentors. The Innovator does not just "learn about business." The aim is to undergo a life altering experience that also changes the direction and trajectory of their company. In the process, Innovators recognize the power of the statewide network, and remain engaged in Kansas as mentors, coaches and investors.

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Application Deadline is October 4, 2010
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Workshops at the Enterprise Center of Johnson County
Avoiding the Five Year Failure
September 23, 2010
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Register: Online at
Using a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) to handle human resource issues and keeping your business complient with changing local, state and federal regulations can free up countless hours that can be used to focus on a company's core business and productivity concerns.
Valuation of the Early Stage Company Workshop
September 30, 2010
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Register: Online at
This workshop helps entrepreneurs understand how to value their early-stage business when raising capital.
The Process of Raising Capital Workshop
October 7, 2010
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
This workshop helps entrepreneurs understand topics relating to raising capital including: angel investors, federal and state securities laws, Regulation D, private placement memorandums, subscription documents, & more.
Women in the News
Women Who Mean Business

Congratulations to the Kansas Ciy Business Journal's "Women Who Mean Business" Class of 2010 

Patty Banks - Patti Banks Associates
Jodi Barrett - Unchained Creative LLC
Denise Canon - Travel Concepts, Inc.
Cari Jo Cavalcante - The Bloomsbury Bistro
Melinda Corporon - Boyer & Corporon wealth Management LLC
N. Lynn Craghead - U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corp.
Lori Dean - Dean Machinery Co.
Lisa Ginter - Community America Credit Union
Teresa Lippert - CRES Management LLC
Ali Mahaffy - Sullivan Higdon & Sink
Nancy Mellard - CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services
Jennifer Nicholson - Nicholson Capital Management, Inc.
M. Gayle Packer - Terracon Consultants Inc.
Christine Pierson - Bayer HealthCare LLC
Merrie Jo Pitera - Litigation Insights
Joni Rogers - Polka Dot Petals, Inc
Shawn Sabin - Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center
Sheila Seck - Sec & Associates LLC
Jill Serrano - All Around Child
Beth Soukup - RSM McGladrey Inc. and McGladrey & Pullen LLP
Cathy Tivol - Tivol
Heather Townsend-Macan - Grant Thornton LLP
Shirley Brusce Brown Vanarsdale - Bruce Funeral Home Inc.
Trish Walker - Magic Touch Cleaning
Grisel Wiley - Equity Payment Inc.
KC Woman, Lori Neely, on a mission
Help us in our mission to share Backyard Bounty.  We are a grass roots campaign bringing communities together in a life-giving way by connecting home owners who have fruit trees with the Olathe Community Food Pantry by donating their extra fruit.
How you may get involved...Home owners, contact us if you have extra fruit from your trees that you will not use.  We can either collect or help you harvest the fruit, then we'll distribute it to the local Olathe Community Food Pantry.
Want to help harvest...Sign up and come spend an afternoon with us, picking fruit that will bless people in need in a life-giving way.
Backyard Bounty
Campaign Manager
Lori Neely