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July 2011
Women's Business Center announces Dorothy Browning as new Program Director


The Women's Business Center is pleased to announce Dorothy Browning as the new Program Director. Former Program Director, Judy Mathews announced her retirement in June 2011.


"Browning's experience is such a perfect transition for our Center," says Executive Director, Sherry Turner.  "She has already been an integral part of our entrepreneurial resource community and we are very fortunate to have her energy to assist our clients."


Browning has played an important role in the metropolitan entrepreneurial arena as the former Client Services Coordinator for the First Step Fund, a private non-profit in Kansas City focused on business training and support for low to moderate income entrepreneurs.  In 2005, Dorothy transitioned into the role of National Curriculum Manager for First Step Fund with responsibilities for growing usage of the microenterprise curriculum across the nation as well as providing training and support to the organizations using those products.  In 2010, Dorothy also worked with the Kauffman Foundation's FastTrac program in supporting the programs within the FastTrac® family of products as they transitioned to a new business model.
Digital Marketing Classes  


July 20: 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: Dorothy Browning

dbrowning@kansaswbc.com or 913-492-5922

$20 per workshop


All workshops held at the Women's Business Center

8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214

FastTrac New Venture for Women Begins Sept. 15th
This class is a $1200 value, but we are able to offer it for only $450!


If you want to start a new business, or grow the one you have, FastTrac 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 15 - November 17, 2011

meets 10 consecutive Thursdays

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

 Women's Business Center

8527 Bluejacket St.

Lenexa, KS  66215





To sign up, email 



or call 913-492-5922

Women need to invest in each other - literally

Do you know what an angel investor is? Well ladies, listen up because we need more of them. Business Insider asked, "Where Are All the Women Angel Investors?" to highlight the work that the Pipeline Fund Fellowship (PFF) does in training female philanthropists to become angel investors and to talk about the severe lack of female angel investors.


Read the full blog post by e.anne at www.fem2pt0.com

Kansas Could Harvest $132M in Small Business Lending
State receives $13.2 million in "seed" funding from U.S. Treasury program.

More than $132 million in new capital could flow to Kansas small businesses following approval of seed funding from the U.S. Treasury Department.


The Treasury Department and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced that the state will receive $13.2 million under the State Small Business Credit Initiative, which supports state-level, small-business lending programs. The Small Business Credit Initiative was part of last fall's Small Business Jobs Act and was designed to spur small business lending and create new, private sector jobs.


"Many small businesses are still struggling to access the capital they need to invest, expand and create new jobs," said Rosie Rios, treasurer of the United States. "These critical funds will provide a powerful incentive for lending to small businesses, spurring additional job creation and further strengthening our nation's economic recovery."


Read the full article at www.ithinkbigger.com

Feds earn B+ for small business contracting efforts
Government increased prime contracts to small businesses for second straight year.

Call it "No State Agency Left Behind." The federal government has made significant progress toward its small business contracting goals, with 13 agencies earning an "A," five agencies earning a "B," four agencies earning a "C" and two agencies earning a "D."


According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, the federal government showed an increase in prime contract dollars to small businesses for the second straight year after four years of decline. In FY 2010, small businesses won a record $97.95 billion in federal contracts, or 22.7 percent of eligible contracting dollars. While this missed the government-wide goal of 23 percent, it marks the largest single year increase in more than five years, and is a significant improvement over FY 2009, when 21.9 percent of contracting dollars were awarded to small businesses. The increase earned the government an overall grade of "B," but though it was only about one point shy of an "A," according an SBA news release.


Read the full article at www.ithinkbigger.com/news-updates

Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway
Upcoming bidding opportunities

The Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway will be announcing upcoming bidding opportunities for vendors and suppliers in the next few months.  Please let any companies know if they want information on bidding opportunities they must register with Penn National Gaming at www.pngamingvendors.com

We strongly encourage all vendors and suppliers who want to do business with the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway to visit Penn National Gaming's website and get registered.

Women in the News 

Congrats to the 2011 Women Who Mean Business Women who mean Business
  • Dana Abraham - UMB
  • Lorie Doolittle-Bowman - Bowman Bowman Novick Inc.
  • Ethel Davis - Paragon Capital Management LLC
  • Kim Deveney - American Funding Solutions LLC
  • Kiersten Firquain - Bistro Kids
  • Maria Flynn - Orbis Biosciences
  • Stephanie Freeman - Coleman Industrial Construction Inc.
  • Angela Hurt - Veracity Solutions
  • Maria Jenks - Kansas City Power & Light
  • Diana Kander - KR Legal Management LLC
  • Nancy Kenner - Kenner Schmitt Nygaard LLC
  • Amy McAnarney - H&R Block
  • Jeanette Metzler - Carondelet Health Well Life at Work
  • Sharon Miller - The Gown Gallery
  • Allison Murdock - Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP
  • Laura Poole - Poole Fire Protection Inc.
  • Pamela Popp - J.P. Morgan
  • Tara Simon - Beauty Brands
  • Angela Slavens - Black & Veatch
  • Delena Stout - Brookside Barkery and Bath
  • Paula Thurman - Shear Madness Inc.
  • Linda Vaughan - Reece & Nichols Realtors
  • Laura Maver Ward - MidCap Advisors
  • Colleen White - Strategic Workplace Solutions Inc.
  • Linda Nowakowski Winter - Arnold, Newbold, Winter & Jackson PC.
FastTrac alum extends business to Minnesota
Krista Williamson, K2Workshops owner, leads home improvement clinics  


K2Workshops creates home improvement champions through Tools-In-Hand clinics that provide the know-how and confidence you need to tackle any project. 


K2Workshops is partnering with the Twin Cities Habitat Restore to offer two sessions of their Basic Home Repair Workshop on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30.


Tell your Twin Cities friends to register for the workshop by calling the Twin Cities Habitat Restore in New Brighton at 612-588-3820.


For Kansas City area classes, visit k2workshops.org

Marty Stanley, Dynamic Dialog Inc., elected President-Elect for NSA-KC and Member of the Year

Marty was recently elected to the board of directors for the National Speakers Association Kansas City Chapter.  She will serve as President-Elect for the 2011-2012 board. She was also awarded Member of the Year and will be recognized at the National Speakers Conference in Anaheim, CA this July.


This year Marty was a mentor for the Power of Pink Mentoring Program and has served as a NAWBO-KC board member from 2001-2007, including as President from 2003-2004, and received the Team Builder Award in 2007.


In addition to being a national speaker and trainer, Marty is an executive coach and organizational facilitator.

In This Issue
Judy Mathews Retiring from WBC
Digital Marketing Classes
FastTrac New Venture
Women Need to Invest in Each Other
$132M in Small Business Lending
Feds Earn B+
Hollywood Casino Bidding Opportunity
2011 Women Who Mean Business
FastTrac Alum Finds Success
Marty Stanley, Dynamic Dialog
WEN - 2011 KC Crew Golf Tournament
Join DealBug to Support WEN
SBA/Red Cross Push Disaster Preparedness

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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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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. 

SBA/Red Cross Agreement Pushes Disaster Preparedness 


The SBA and the American Red Cross have joined forces to educate the public about the importance of having a disaster recovery plan in place.


Ready Rating (www.readyrating.org) ™  is a free, self-paced, web-based membership program that helps a business measure its ability to deal with emergencies, and gives customized feedback on how to improve those efforts.


For more preparedness tips for homes and businesses, visit www.sba.gov/disasterassistance.