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December 2010
FastTrac New Ventures® is Back!
New classes begin February 10, 2011 


Let these words from past FastTrac New Ventures participants "speak for themselves": 

"I enjoyed this program so much! I came into this class with a business idea but no knowledge of what to do or how to start. I learned the right things to research and how to calculate if the business will generate enough income and still enough time to sleep!"
"I really enjoyed this class and I learned a great deal about business.  I feel like I am much more equipped to take my idea and see if I can build it into a sound business!"
"I learned so much - and it was wonderful to be in the company of such bright, optimistic and passionate women."


Classes are held on Thursday evenings from 6 - 9 pm for 10 consecutive weeks. The last day of class is April 14, 2011.


Cost: $450*

*Sign up by December 31, 2010 and pay the 2010 rate of $400!

Email Judy Mathews to register: jmathews@kansaswbc.com

ITSOKC Workshop Series Begins Again in January at Women's Business Center
Interactive Marketing in the Digital Age - What small business owners should know and do!


Many Small Business owners feel that the absence of a quality website is a real 'gap' or 'hole' in their business presence or that they are really missing out on opportunities to 'connect' with their audience. They are right! But, how many of us realize the full extent of what consumers expect?

Each ITSOkcWorkshop will cover one or two (maybe even 3) aspects of what we call Interactive Marketing in the Digital Age.


Jan. 12 - Interactive Marketing Primer

Understand Interactive Marketing trends, terms, and how a complete strategy makes a real difference

Jan. 19 - Social Marketing / Networking  / Engagement

Discusses social engagement, so important to creating an effective multi-dimensional marketing and business development strategy

Feb. 2 - SEO and Copywriting

Understand the importance of words, messages and the continuous flow of value to create an effective Interactive Marketing strategy

Feb. 9 - Website Design, Development and Promotion

Understand what makes a great website and how you can make sure your website is the 'value hub' of your strategy

Feb. 23 - Five Online Places Your Business Can't Ignore in 2011

Explores the top social places to be online for prospecting, business conversations, client management, and promotion

Mar. 2 - What a Business Blog and an Email Newsletter Can Do For You

Understand how to use your news, advice and stories to reach your audience in a way that moves them into action

Mar. 9 - Online Lead Generation, Business Development, and Reputation Mgmt.

Understand how to create buzz around your name in order to create relationships that lead to business

Mar. 23 - Analytics - Measuring Digital Channels

Know your customer and your market better using analytics and social listening systems.



Classes will be on Wednesday mornings from 8:30 - 10:00 am

Registration fee for each workshop will be $20 

Email Judy Mathews if you are interested in registering: jmathews@kansaswbc.com

Newhouse 40th Anniversary Kick-off Event
Buttonwood Art Space


Join us as we celebrate 40 years of services to women and children victims of domestic violence. Enjoy an art auction and light refreshments while supporting our cause.

Visit www.newhouseshelter.org/events for updated event information.


January 14, 2011

5:00 - 9:00 pm

Buttonwood Art Space
3013 Main Street, Kansas City, MO

Vendor/Supplier Information for New Hollywood Casino at the Kansas Speedway


Hollywood CasinoPenn National Gaming and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/ Kansas City, Kansas would like to inform you that bid packages for the Operations portion of the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway project will be going out beginning in mid-2011.  In order to be informed about these opportunities you must be a registered vendor with Penn National Gaming.  If you are interested in any of the upcoming opportunities please take a moment to visit Penn National Gaming's website and get registered! www.hollywoodcasinokansas.com/vendor.html


Please refer any questions regarding registration or bid process to purchasing@pngaming.com
Futurallia KC 2011
Meet with more than 800 potential business partners from around the world in 2 days


Futurallia is an international business-to-business, speed-networking event. Over 800 countries from 30 different countries are expected to come to Kansas City next May. This is a great opportunity for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to connect with people from around the United States and the world in order to do business.


May 18-20, 2011




Small Business Innovative Research Grant Workshop
Learn more about federal grant funding opportunities


The U.S. Government provides over $2 billion annually to hundreds of small, high-tech firms through the SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) and STTR (Small Business Tech Transfer and Research) programs. These programs are aimed at the development of early-stage, high-risk, high-payoff technologies in areas such as life sciences, information technology, manufacturing, defense, and homeland security. More than 1000 solicitations from various federal agencies are currently open. Presented by Don Colbert. Dr Colbert has over 30 years of experience involving research, education, business and management in a variety of industries. He currently is affiliated with KTEC, KBA, and Heartland BioVentures focusing on enhancing all areas of federal funding to support technology-based economic development and innovation commercialization in Kansas.  


January 6, 2011

Enterprise Center of Johnson County

8527 Bluejacket Street

Lenexa, KS 66214

Register: www.ecjc.com/sbir010611


Winners Announced for The 25 Under 25® Program
The 25 Under 25® Program, now in its 10th year, has honored 225 companies


Small Business Media2011 Honorees:
Associated Equipment Sales
Affinity Group Management
Affordable Elegance
Bark to Basics
Boyer & Corporon Wealth Management
Freedom Bank
GreenAcres Market
Harper's Fabric & Quilt Co.
Heartland Fabrication & Machine
Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment
Lakewood Animal Health Center
Light Bulbs Etc
Marathon Moving & Delivery
MidWest Vascular Access
Nationwide Transportation and Logistics Services
Northland Physical Therapy
New Horizons Enterprises
Oncimmune USA
The Corridor Group
The RED Force Fire & Security
The Roasterie Café
The Wellington Group
Veracity Solutions


2011 Entrepreneurial Legacy Award Recipient:

Danny O'Neill, founder and Bean Baron at The Roasterie


Awads Dinner & Gala to be held February 26, 2011. Tickets go on sale January 3rd. Check www.ithinkbigger.com for latest information


In This Issue
ITSOKC Workshop Series
Newhouse 40th Anniversary
Hollywood Casino
Futurallia KC 2011
SBIR Workshop
25 Under 25
WEN Celebrates 25 Years

The Women's Business Center
The Women's Business Center offers mentoring, resources, and consulting to women in the Kansas City Metropolitan area who wish to become an entrepreneur or who are currently operating their own business.  Through business consulting, classes, workshops, networking, and peer mentoring the WBC is the key to running a successful business for Kansas City's women.


Find out how the Women's Business Center can help you. Click here to learn more!


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Women's Employment Network Celebrates 25 Years (1986 - 2011)


wenTwenty-five years ago, two Kansas City philanthropists and visionaries had a profound idea of how to "help women help themselves" and they worked to form the Women's Employment Network (WEN).  Beth K. Smith and Marjorie Powell Allen have blazed a path of positive change for thousands of women in the Kansas City community and after 25 years - their vision is stronger than ever! Visit www.kcwen.org for more information.