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August 2011
FastTrac New Venture for Women begins September 15, 2011
We are able to offer this $1,200 class 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 

Kauffman FastTracThursday Evenings September 15 - November 17, 2011 

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.


Women's Business Center

8527 Bluejacket St.

Lenexa, KS 66214

Cost for the 10-week session: $450


To register, please contact Dorothy Browning: dbrowning@kansaswbc.com or 913-492-5922

Women Who Mean Business value connections with other women.

Three of the winners of this year's Kansas City Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business have been participants in the WBC's Growth or Accomplished Women Business Owners Roundtables. 


Below they describe the value of their participation in these roundtables.    


Angela Hurt - Veracity Solutions

Angela started Veracity Solutions in 2006 and quickly grew it to a company with a myriad of Fortune 500 clients, state government entities as well as a number of not-for-profit groups. Veracity's services range from basic infrastructure support through advanced network products and services with a focus on optimization of IT systems.


She has been a member of the Women's Business Center's Accomplished CEO Roundtable group for the last four years. Of her involvement, Angela says: "During that time, my business has changed and grown tenfold. Being involved in the Roundtable group has played a big part in that. Not only has it served as a good accountability partner, but the confidence I have personally gained by being around other successful women discussing specific business issues has been tremendous. In addition to that, I'm blessed by the friendships I have made with my peers".     


Kim Deveney - American Funding Solutions

Kim Deveney started American Funding Solutions in August of 2003. American Funding specializes in accounts receivable factoring, an alternative funding option for small businesses to help them acquire working capital, grow their businesses, and accelerate cash flow. 

Kim states: "The KWBC Growth Roundtable has been invaluable to me and my business. Especially during my first few years, I learned so much about running a successful business from the other ladies in the group. The group holds you accountable for setting and achieving your goals each month. It is a great resource for small business owners!"


Kiersten Firquain - Bistro Kids

Kiersten started Bistro Kids four years ago when she observed the poor quality of lunches her son was given at school. Bistro Kids partners with Good Natured Family Farms to provide locally sourced high quality food to schools in the area. She currently has six schools in the area, and recently joined with Treat America Food Services expanding its ability to transform Kansas City school communities.


"I owe a big thanks to the Women's Business Center for supporting the beginning stages of my business through peer roundtables, mentoring activities and training sessions. The WBC offered the resources I needed to take Bistro Kids to the next level." 


The WBC is now accepting applications for their Growth and Accomplished Business Owner roundtables. Visit our website www.kansaswbc.com  for more information regarding these fee-based roundtables or call Dorothy Browning at (913)-492-5922.      


Save the Dates! - Digital Marketing Classes  


Internet Marketing in the Digital Age -
What Small Business Owners Should Know and Do!

(Sept. 7) Internet Marketing Primer -
Understand Internet Marketing trends, terms, and how a Comprehensive Internet Marketing Strategy makes all the difference

(Sept. 14) 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

(Sept. 21) SEO and Copywriting -
Understand the importance of words, messages, and the continuous flow of value to create an effective Interactive Marketing strategy

(Sept. 28) Social Marketing / Networking / Engagement -
Discusses social engagement, so important to creating an effective multi-dimensional marketing and business development strategy

(Oct. 5) Using Analytics to Guide Your Strategy -
Know your customer and your market better using analytics and social listening systems


Registration is required to attend

Contact: Dorothy Browning

dbrowning@kansaswbc.com or 913-492-5922

$20 per workshop

Register for all 5 for $80 (savings of $20)


All workshops held at the Women's Business Center

8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214

Government Bidding Opportunities


Federal purchasing offices are required by the Small Business Act to "set aside" contracts or portions of contracts for exclusive bidding by small and/or minority owned businesses. The WBC gets notification of some of the local bidding opportunities, but frequently the communication is so delayed that it is impossible to let our clients know of these options in a timely manner.  


Working with the Missouri Procurement and Technical Assistance Centers (MO PTAC) or Heartland PTAC (for Kansas businesses) could assist you in getting emailed notification of bidding opportunities as soon as they are posted.    


When you sign up for their services, you will be notified via email of bidding opportunities advertised in FedBizOpps, formerly the Commerce Business Daily (CBD), and some bidding opportunities under $25,000 from major defense buying centers which are not required to be advertised. Many state and local opportunities are also provided as well as a wealth of information and one on one assistance from the staff. They can also assist you in registering on the Central Contractor Registration system, which gives you access to bidding opportunities. 


MO PTAC host a bi-monthly seminar on how to get started in the government contracting arena including federal, state and local government registrations and certifications. The seminar will also cover MO PTAC services available to assist businesses in all aspects of government contracting. Heartland PTAC offers a monthly seminar at Johnson County Community College which covers the same material. This is an excellent way to find out if their services are right for your business. 


For additional information, schedule of seminars or to sign up, go to:   www.moptac.net (Missouri PTAC) or www.jccc.edu/ksbdc (Heartland PTAC)  
NAWBO-KC Presents in the Presence of Women
Presented by Jennie Ayers, Senior Partner of BOLDWORK  


The environment of work creates a whole new field of endeavor for women and that field is ripe for women in leadership roles. Both gender and social evolution make women perfect candidates to assume leadership positions , yet they are vastly underrepresented in those positions, both in business and government. Why?
We take a provocative look a the language and power styles women use to be successful in the world of work. Drawing on research from such notables as Evelyn Murphy, Lisa Lahey, David McClelland, Susan Murphy and Pat Heim, we look at the working relationships women build and why these relationships can polarize and become dysfunctional if not managed with awareness and sensitivity.
It's not just the "glass ceiling" that can sabotage a woman's advancement and success -but other women -if we don't understand the unique ways in which we connect, collaborate and share power. Women have their own language -communication codes, norms and protocol -unique to their gender. Women also have a distinct leadership and influence style which they bring to business and organizations.
To be effective leaders and to reach full potential in the business arena, women need to identify their own unique power motive drive and learn how to direct and drive it for "socialized" purpose. Women must come to understand that, to be effective, influential leaders, they must stop forcing their voices into patriarchal modes of communication and begin to reclaim and honor the language of "woman speak". 


August 9, 2011, 5:30 - 8::00 pm

Figlio - The Italian Restaurant & Bar
209 West 46th Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64112

Register: https://nawbokc.org/meet-reg1.php?id=16

Advisory Board Workshop
Enterprise Center of Johnson County  


This workshop covers why your business might be a good candidate to have an advisory board, how you set one up, how you compensate the board members, what the ideal board member looks like and how to develop a strategy to recruit them. Tips and suggestions will be included to help ensure that you are ready to manage advisory board meetings and gain the outcomes you are looking for. It will cover what is required for a successful meeting and what information you should provide to your board members.


This workshop will be presented by the Astra Group, a Johnson County human resource firm specializing in outsourced business.


September 1, 2011

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

$25 (lunch provided)

Register: www.ecjc.com

Key considerations for Franchising Your Business
Presented in conjunction with Husch Blackwell LLP and Equity Bank 


Husch Blackwell LLP, a full-service litigation and business law firm will present on the pro's and con's of franchising your business and the myriad of considerations involved in this process. They have extensive expertise in franchise & distribution focusing on the design, implementation, financing and maintenance of franchise and distribution systems. Equity Bank who has extensive experience in making loans to franchisee's will discuss the process and expectations from a funder's perspective.   


October 12, 2011, 8:00 - 10:00 am
Women's Business Center
8527 Bluejacket Street

Lenexa, KS 66214

Continental breakfast available
Cost:  $20.00


RSVP:  Dorothy Browning  dbrowning@kansaswbc.com  (913) -492-5922 


2011Kansas Business Matchmaker
"Where Business and Opportunity Meet!"  


If you are a small business owner, a supplier or a contractor including a small disadvantaged business, a women owned small business, a HUBZone firm, an 8(a) contractor, or a veteran owned small business contractor, this business matchmaker is for you.   


October 19, 2011, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wichita state University, Metropolitan Complex
5015 E. 29th Street North

Wichita, KS 67220

Cost:  $50.00 (includes a box lunch)


Register Online: http://www.wichita.edu/conferences/KBM

Teri Taylor 316-269-6426, ext. 223 or teri.taylor@sba.gov 

In This Issue
FastTrac Fall
Women Who Mean Business + Roundtables
Digital Marketing Classes
Government Bidding Opportunities
ECJC Advisory Board Workshop
Franchising Seminar
2011 Kansas Business Matchmaker
WEN - 2011 KC Crew Golf Tournament
Benefit for WEN and Literacy KC

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!


Share the good news 


Are you a Women's Business Center client or volunteer?  Something exciting going on in your business?  Let us know if you have added a major product or service line, expanded your territory or won an award.  We will help you spread the word. 


Email dbrowning@kansaswbc.com 

Join Our Mailing List!


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


Save the Date 

A benefit for Literacy KC & WEN

KC's Got Talent


November 3, 2011

6:00 - 9:00 pm 

1st Annual Kansas City's Got Talent Corporate Talent Show

Boulevard Brewing Company

2501 Southwest Boulevard