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March 2011
Starting a Successful Business
Workshop presented by the Women's Business Center


This three hour workshop is designed to give you, the aspiring or new business owner 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.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

5:00 - 8:00 PM



Registration is required to attend!


Email Judy Mathews to register: jmathews@kansaswbc.com

Work on business growth strategies with regional experts


May 10, 2011

11:30 am - 6:00 pm

Kauffman Foundation



The Women's Business Center partners again in 2011 with the Entrepreneurship Institute. Watch for upcoming topics and presenters in the coming weeks. 

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


March 23 - Analytics - Meausring Digital Channels

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



This is the final class of our Spring eight-session ItSOKC digital marketing series.  But, here's the good news - we will be starting another outstanding series which includes some of the same valuable information covered in these past two series, plus important new information as well. Watch for an e-blast from us with further details and dates! These are top-notch classes - you won't want to miss them! 


Class is 8:30 - 10:00 am


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

Registration fee: $20 



Women Small Business Owners & the Affordable Care Act
Presented by the National Women's Law Center


The webinar will focus on what the health care law means for woman who are small business owners. It will focus on both federal and state provisions to help local small business owners understand how the law will affect them. Topics being discussed include:

  • Small business tax credits- who's eligible for them and how to claim them
  • State insurance exchanges
  • High-risk pools 
  • Shared responsibility 
  • Cost containment 
  • Tools and resources available for small businesses interested in learning more about the law 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

2- 3 PM


Register Today: http://bit.ly/hsmhQg


Exciting News From the U.S. Small Business Administration
Three programs designed to support entrepreneurial development

Women Veterans Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship, or "V-WISE", will be open to women veterans beginning in May 2011.  The program consists of a three-day off-site training program, online training, and network support structures.  Classes will be held in six cities, starting with San Antonio and Baltimore in 2011.  Applications are being taken now for San Antonio and Baltimore. Dates and locations listed below.  Learn more at http://whitman.syr.edu/vwise/.

 San Antonio, TX - May 5-7, 2011
 Baltimore, MD - Sept. 25-27, 2011
 Tampa, FL - Spring 2012
 San Diego, CA - Fall 2012
 Kansas City, MO - Spring, 2013
 Seattle, WA - Fall 2013

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, or "EVB", delivers entrepreneurship training through a one-year "boot camp" for service-disabled veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who want to start or grow small businesses.  Learn more at http://whitman.syr.edu/ebv/.


Operation Endure and Grow provides online and in-person business counseling, training, and mentoring to small business owners and entrepreneurs serving in the National Guard and Reserve, and for members of their immediate families.  You can learn more at http://whitman.syr.edu/endureandgrow/.


National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility
Challenges and Solutions in Retail


8:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

Thursday, March 24, 2011


The Kauffman Conference Center

Kansas City, MO


This Dialogue will feature Steve Wing, President of Corporate Voices for Working Families as keynote speaker and will include participants from the business community, advocates, researchers, union leaders, government agencies and employees.
The event is designed to

  • Raise awareness and exchange best practices, real stories and the newest research on the impact of workplace flexibility.
  • Expand the knowledge base and base of support on flexibility by reaching out to new partners and stakeholders. 
  • Stimulate dialogue among employers and business owners on making flexibility work. 

Find out more information on the U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility.

President Obama Declares March 2011 as Women's History Month


During Women's History Month, we reflect on the extraordinary accomplishments of women and honor their role in shaping the course of our Nation's history.  Today, women have reached heights their mothers and grandmothers might only have imagined.  Women now comprise nearly half of our workforce and the majority of students in our colleges and universities.  They scale the skies as astronauts, expand our economy as entrepreneurs and business leaders, and serve our country at the highest levels of government and our Armed Forces.  In honor of the pioneering women who came before us, and in recognition of those who will come after us, this month, we recommit to erasing the remaining inequities facing women in our day.

Read the full Presidential Proclamation

NAWBO-KC Presents "The New Normal"
Presented by Marty Stanley, Dynamic Dialog, Inc. 


5:30 - 8:00 PM 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Tickets: $35 for Members

               $45 for Guests

Golden Ox, 1600 Genessee, Kansas City, MO 64102



What do Lady Gaga & The New Normal have in common?  They're about changing our conversations and supporting structures to reflect the challenges we face and opportunities that are available.  In these times of unprecedented changes, many people and organizations are searching for a sense of normalcy in the face of uncertainty.  But like Lady Gaga, it won't look anything like what we've seen in the past.  To succeed in the future, The New Normal will show that we have learned from our past and have the courage to transform.  It's about taking accountability for the results we produceTodd Long works with organizations that want to develop their current or future leaders through training, coaching, and mentoring. Leadership Innovations works with your organization to determine, design, and deliver a leadership program that fits your specific needs.


How can we do it? One person and one conversation at a time.

Futurallia Kansas City 2011

After editions in Belgium, Poland, Canada, Qatar, and most recently France, the sixteenth edition of FUTURALLIA 2011 will take place in Kansas City, USA.

Whether you call it business matchmaking, business speed dating, or B2B meetings, FUTURALLIA is a fast-paced and intense business event where, all in all, more than 9,000 B2B meetings will take place!

The concept is simple: It is to gather more than 800 entrepreneurs from more than 30 countries for 2 days of pre-selected and pre-arranged one-on-one business meetings.


May 18-20, 2011

To Register for this unique event visit:



Advanced Twitter Workshop
Presented by the Enterprise Center of Johnson County


You've learned the Twitter basics - what it is and how it works. Now learn how to make Twitter an effective and efficient business tool for you. Whether your business goal is brand promotion, buzz creation, lead generation, sales, customer service or, more likely, all of the above, Twitter can be used to achieve your objectives.


March 24, 2011

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Enterprise Center of Johnson County

8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214



Kander Rigby rebrands to KR Legal Management

We're still providing our clients with transparency and accountability in their legal services and creating predictability and savings in their legal spend, we're just doing it under a new name and a new look.
Check out their new website and let us know what you think!
Also, mark your calendars for their rebranding celebration on March 24th from 5-7 PM

In This Issue
Starting a Successful Business
Save the Date!
ITSOKC Workshop Series
News from the SBA
Challenges and Solutions in Retail
Women's History Month
NAWBO Presents "The New Normal"
Advanced Twitter Workshop
Introducing KR Legal Management
WEN 25th Anniversary Lunceon
2011 Job Fairs
Join DealBug to Support WEN

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 Luncheon 

WEN 25 

Twenty-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!  

Monday, April 11, 2011

11:45 - 1:15 pm

Hyatt Regency Crown Center

2345 McGee Street

Kansas City, MO 64108


Join us a 2011 Sponsor and you'll be invited to our:

Silver Celebration Patron's Party

hosted by

C.Stephen Metzler & Brian D. Williams

on Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Become a 2011 luncheon sponsor



Visit www.kcwen.org for more information.



2011 Kansas City Job Fairs 


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Hyatt Regency Crown Center

2345 McGee Street

Kansas City, MO 64108

$325 for company booth


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Hyatt Regency Crown Center

2345 McGee Street

Kansas City, MO 64108

$325 for company booth


Attend BOTH job fairs for $550 ($100 savings)


Find out more information about the job fair and how to register your company. 


Contact Amie Hankel for questions:




Join DealBug & Support Women's Employment Network! 


DealBug is a deal of the day site much like all the others, with a few exceptions:

  • DealBug is local.  They're located in Overland Park, KS.
  • DealBug makes a donation to local charities with every purchase.
  • DealBug provides goods / services from local merchants with deals up to 90% off retail cost.

Each time someone purchases one of the DealBug daily deals, they can select the Women's Employment Network from a list of non-profit organizations and DealBug will make a donation.


To receive daily alerts about the great deals on DealBug, please sign up at www.DealBug.com
If you own a business and would like to be featured on DealBug please send an email to admin@dealbug.com or call 913-660-7342.