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May 2011
Judy Mathews Announces Retirement
Open House to be held June 9th, 5:00 - 6:30 PM

 Judy Mathews

After over ten years of service, Judy Mathews, Program Director will retire from the Women's Business Center (WBC) in June. Judy began her journey with the center just a few months after its inception in July, 2000.  

"Judy has the institutional history of this organization and I am continually amazed at the depth of knowledge she has of the companies that have been clients of the WBC. She has been the stability of this organization throughout its tenure, as the Center has grown and flourished and she will be greatly missed"

says Sherry Turner, Executive Director. 



Thursday, June 9, 2011

5:00 - 6:30 PM

8527 Bluejacket Street

Lenexa, KS 66214


Digital Marketing Classes Returning June 15!

If you're one of the many people who wanted to attend all or part of our last ItSoKC Digital Marketing series, and your schedule wouldn't let you - it's starting up again on Wednesday, June 15th, 8:30 - 10:30 am (we've made them 30 minutes longer because YOU asked us to!) 


June 15: Internet Marketing in 2011 - A Primer

A fast-paced introduction to today's most popular internet based, digital marketing trends. Some business owners will learn how they too can use these new 'channels' and techniques to connect to prospective customers as well as create increased value to existing customers, resulting in sustained loyalty. This exciting workshop will get people thinking and excited about the possibilities well within their reach. We will cover Websites, Email Blasts, Rich Media, Social Networking, Mobile Marketing and more...


June 22: Building Your Internet Marketing Foundation - Creating Websites that Work!

Focusing on the website development, page flow and call to action, you will see that you too can develop and lead a successful Internet Marketing Strategy. This class is filled with 'best practices' information that you don't want to miss!


June 29: Rich Media Content - Using Video to Engage!

After a quick introduction to emerging rich media trends, we will focus on how video can SUPER charge your communication and content offering. Video is the wave of the future, and one you need to ride! It's easy to learn, fun to do, and VERY VIRAL.


July 6: Social Engagement - Creating a Followship Using Social Media

Explore social media engagement, so important to creating an effective multi-dimensional Internet Marketing Strategy. Imagine that 5 short years ago, Facebook, a budding obscurity, now enjoys 500 million users. Social Media is still an emerging phenomenon; we will show you what works - NOW! In this class, we will take a close look at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Mobile with a special emphasis on combining with your website and email campaigns to create your won 'InfoSphere' and distributed 'Followship.'


July 13: Google Analytics - Using Analytics to Know Your Customer

Let's face it - the majority of marketing efforts are 'best guess' efforts to engage consumers. However, proper analytics will take the guess-work out of your work, your strategy. This workshop will focus on using Google Analytics and social listening systems to know your customer better and guide your Internet Marketing strategy. With Google Analytics, you can watch your strategy work!


Registration is required to attend

Contact: Judy Mathews

jmathews@kansaswbc.com or 913-492-5922

$20 per workshop

$80 for series of 5 workshops


All workshops held at the Women's Business Center

8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214

Sales Training Webinar
Step-by-step process for increasing your sales productivity 


Thinking Bigger Business Media is teaming up with award-winning sales trainer Todd Natenburg to present two dynamic sessions.


Session 1: Tuesday, May 17, noon (CDT)

How to Double Your Sales in Half the Time

Session 2: Thursday, May 19, noon (CDT)

Why Won't They Call Me Back?


$99 Registration fee includes access to both dynamic sessions, plus a free eBook copy of "I Just Got a Job in Sales: Now What?"


Register at: www.ithinkbigger.com

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:



Fundamentals in Franchising
Can franchising your business create the success of your dreams?


Are you passionate about what your business model has to offer?


Do you dream of expanding your name and product recognition?  

Please join Husch Blackwell and leading franchise industry experts for our Fundamentals in Franchising program and learn the key items you should consider when deciding whether your business can expand through franchising. Our Franchise & Distribution group focuses on the design, implementation, financing and maintenance of franchise and distribution systems.  

Thursday, May 26, 2011

8:30 am - 1:45 pm

Breakfast & lunch provided 

Husch Blackwell Sanders Conference Room, 10th Floor
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112


Program is complimentary, but registration is required. Please RSVP by May 19 to Shana Hoy: rsvp-kc@huschblackwell.com or call 816-983-8809


Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Grant Workshop
Learn about federal grant funding opportunities and how to apply for them

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. 

May 26, 2011

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Enterprise Center of Johnson County

8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214



In This Issue
Judy Mathews Retiring from WBC
Digital Marketing Classes
Sales Training
Futurallia Kansas City
Fundamentals in Franchising
Federal Grant Workshop
WEN - Cafe Trio Partnership Event
WEN - 2011 KC Crew Golf Tournament

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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Cafe Trio Partnership/Event


Monday, May 23, 2011

5:30 - 7:00 pm

4558 Main Street

Kansas City, MO 64111


$25 per person

Only 75 tickets available!

Register now at:www.kcwen.org



Join us for a fabulous Happy Hour event on Monday, May 23rd at Cafe Trio.  In addition to having an amazing time, this event will be supporting the Women's Employment Network and you will help celebrate 25 years of Helping Women Help Themselves!


WEN will receive a % of every ticket sold and you will receive:


  • A selection of Chef's apps at the event
  • 1 - WEN-tini drink ticket (the tangy & delicious WEN-tini is rooted in premium Cooranbong Vodka, Cointreau (an orange liqueur), mixed with a Pomegranate based Grenadine syrup.  Shaken over ice & poured into a chilled martini glass with an orange peel twist.  Additional WEN-tini's may be purchased at the event - with $5 from each purchase going to the Women's Employment Network.
  • 1 - Raffle ticket for a chance to win amazing prizes, including:  (2) $50 Cafe Trio gift cards, various bottles of wines, bottles of Cooranbong Vodka, and much more).  Additional raffle tickets may be purchased at the event with all proceeds going to the Women's Employment Network.
  • 1 - $15 coupon for your next visit at Cafe Trio

2011 KC Crew Golf Tournament

 KC Crew Logo

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

11:00 am shotgun start

Falcon Ridge Golf Course

20200 Prairie Star Parkway

Lenexa, Kansas


Join the fun at 9:30 a.m. for unlimited use of the first-class driving range and registration. The event is scheduled for an 11:00 a.m. shotgun start with a four player "scramble" format. After the tournament, join in for Bar-B-CREW, which will include a barbeque buffet, awards ceremony, door prizes and more.  Non-golfers are welcome to attend the post golf event party!


Items are currently being collected for the silent auction which will be held the day of the tournament (with all proceeds benefitting the Women's Employment Network).  The deadline to submit auction items is August 10th (in order to be included in the tournament program).  Click here to download a silent auction form 


For more information visit: www.kcwen.org


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.