WBC w tag full

March 2012

WBC Sponsored Events

Reach 7 billion customers 

 (or one manufacturer)


Interested in international trade and want some practical advice on navigating key parts of the export process? Do you believe your product has international sales potential, but don't know how to get started? Whether you're looking to make your first export sale or expand to additional international markets, the U.S. Commercial Service offers the trade counseling, market intelligence, business matchmaking, and commercial diplomacy to help you connect with lucrative business opportunities.  


Join us and learn how the U.S. Commercial Service's Kansas City office can help you get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets. We will also discuss how to find and vet a manufacturing partner overseas.
This seminar is led by Sean Scarbrough from the International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City and co-owner of Taggert International.   


March 27th

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Enterprise Center of Johnson County

8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214

Free, but registration required. Click here to register

The Certification Maze


WBE, MBE, DBE, 8(a) SDB: - it's easy to get lost in the terminology, much less the process! If you want to know: 

Will they help your business? How much do they cost? Which ones do you need? Will your business even qualify for certifications? How do you use them effectively once you have them?

After this seminar you will understand the ins-and-outs of city, state, federal and national certifications and how they can help your business grow.

April 19, 2012
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Women's Business Center
Cost: $25 - lunch provided
Sign up by clicking here

FastTrac Forward: Are you there yet?

Ah remember the good old days happily crafting your business plan and elevator pitch with other FastTrac participants? Mary Lou encouraged you to add a budget here, or a more defined target market there. Yeah, those were the days.

Fast forward three months, six months, maybe even a year. Have you followed your bliss, implemented your plan and posted your open-for-business sign? If not, this workshop's for you. Terri S. Turner, FastTrac graduate shares how she moved past, "I'm going to do it," to full-fledged entrepreneur. In 90 minutes, Terri will give you concrete steps for moving forward sooner rather than later. Take your plan off the back burner, turn up the heat and get refocused on turning your plan into reality. Afterwards, talk to Dorothy about WBC resources that can help you get to "go".

April 17, 2012
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Women's Business Center
Cost: $ 10
Light snacks provided.

Register online here

SmartConnectKC Networking 

Wake up and meet me for coffee!


Join Luann Feehan of Smart Connect KC along with OneKCforWomen for a cup of coffee as you network with other entrepreneurs. Make new friends and build your business. This months event is sponsored and hosted by CBIZ.  


Friday, March 30, 2012 - 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.

Hosted by: OneKC for Women at CBIZ
11440 Tomahawk Creek Parkway Leawood, KS 66211
Register online here

Women's Employment Network 2012 Annual Luncheon  


The WEN annual luncheon has consistently been one of the metro area's largest and most inspirational events. Please plan to join the OneKC for Women alliance partners as we celebrate another successful year of advancing positive change in the lives of women, their families and the community, one woman at a time.   


Wednesday, April 11, 2012 

Sheraton Crown Center 

Click Here for more details

WBC Partner Events

ECJC Workshops 

Seminars offered by the Enterprise Center of Johnson County


The Process of Raising Capital - April 12, 2012


Investment-Grade Presentations - April 26, 2012

Time & Location

11:00 am - 1:00 pm (lunch included)

The Enterprise Center of Johnson County

527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214

Enterprise University 

Do not have to be an Enterprise client and there is no cost to you


Enterprise Bank and Trust has announced their spring line of courses through Enterprise University. These free courses are designed for the existing business owner or their senior management team and cover a variety of topics, from Marketing to Financial Management to Leadership Development.   


For more details and to sign up: please visit their website

Technology Entrepreneur Speakers Program 

Featured Speaker: Maria Flynn, President & CEO of Orbis Biosciences


The 2012 Technology Entrepreneur Speakers Program series highlights the region's most innovative technology business leaders. Stay ahead of the curve as we discuss ideas and opportunities driving the next generation of entrepreneurs. 


Tuesday, March 20, 2012
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 5:00 p.m. | Speaker begins promptly at 5:30 p.m.
Polsinelli Shughart
700 W. 47th Street, Suite 700 | Kansas City, MO 64112

Tickets: $25 advance or $30 at the door - Register Here 

What Small Businesses Need to Know about Healthcare 

A public webinar on the Affordable Care Act


The webinar will cover the most current information for small businesses about the healthcare act. A question and answer session will follow.


Participants can connect to the webinar by computer at https://connect16.uc.att.com/sba/meet/?ExEventID=81708269

Access code: 1708269#. 

To prepare in advance for the conference (for all devices): https://connect16.uc.att.com/sba/Prepare/


The webinar is hosted by the Region 7 U.S. Small Business Administration  


Tuesday, March 20, 2012
9:30 - 10:30 am  

In This Issue
Procurement Seminar
The Certification Maze
FastTrac® Forward
SmartConnectKC Networking
WEN Annual Luncheon
ECJC Workshops
Enterprise University
Technology Entrepreneur Speakers Program
SBA Webinar
Client News
Women's Business Center News
Not for women only: 


Although some activities hosted by the Women's Business Center are for women only, all of our seminars and many networking events are open to men as well.

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!


Join Our Mailing List!



WBC Client News

Rania Anderson writes for Forbes.com

"Changing the Face of Angel Investing"


Rania Anderson, co-founder  of the Women's Capital Connection wrote a guest post for a recent article on Forbes.com.  


Click here to read the entire article

Download free blog handbook from Terri Turner

TST Business Strategies LLC


Terri Turner, TST Business Strategies LLC, has a new, free downloadable handbook on her website that will help you produce high quality blogs and get over the dreaded blogger's block.


Access the information from terristurner.com 

Kiersten Firquain highlighted in Kansas City Star

"Bistro Kids provides healthy lunches, teaches nutrition" 


February 28, 2012 - Kirsten Firquain prepares healthy meals from scratch with organic fruit and veggie rich for local Kansas City schools.


Read the full article by Laura Lloyd in the Kansas City Star

Creative Carnivals & Events moves

Sondra Wilson, Owner


Sondra Wilson, owner of Creative Carnivals & Events, moved into a free standing building off of 87th street and I-35. She offers full service family entertainment, from inflatable rides to entertainers. Least year they provided entertainment for over 1,000 events.

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  


News from the Women's Business Center

First "Wake Up and Join Me for Coffee" event a success! 


February 24, 2012 - The open networking event co-sponsored by SmartConnectKC and OneKC for Women was a big success. 60 men and women attended and overwhelmingly requested more! 


The event will be held regularly, with the location rotating among sponsors. 


Quote of the day from Michele Harmon,

"Not only did I make great connections, I used the event as a focus group of 60 and tried out my new elevator pitch. I was able to hone in on the words that were the most effective in describing my business, which were not the ones I'd been using!"

First microloan recipient featured in the Kansas City Business Journal


February 24, 2012 - Amanda and Josiah Phillips and their company Glass of Milk Cake Company were featured on the front page of the Februrary 24th print edition.


You can view the article online: www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/


Visit them online: www.glassofmilkcakecompany.com or their retail location at: 6513 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO.

SBA Youth Entrepreneur Summit


The Region 7 SBA office is holding a free Young Entrepreneur Summit on March 29th which will include keynote speaker Rachel Hack, the Community Manager for Google in Kansas City as well as a panel discussion with young entrepreneurs. 

The event will be held at the Kauffman Foundation from 3:00 - 4:30 pm.  


Interested?  Call Robbie Moore at (816)-426-4900 for more details or email at Robbie.moore@sba.gov

Angel Dollars at Work: Tower Care


The Women's Capital Connection invested in TowerCare Technologies in 2009. TowerCare was rolling out software, called DonorPro that assisted nonprofit organizations in their fundraising efforts. On a recent call to discuss the status of the company, the results were outstanding. Hundreds of customers, both large and small, a very active pipeline for future sales, strategic partnerships developed and new products in the pipeline. Bottom line is looking great as well, with healthy growth rates year over year in both revenue and net income.


Best of all, TowerCare succeeds by helping non-profits sustain and grow in tough economic times. On average, DonorPro has generated a 35% boost in donations along with a 40% gain in productivity in those nonprofits who've adopted it.

Supporting a strong women-led managment team through Angel capital is what the Women's Capital Connection is all about. 


If you are having trouble reading the small print in this newsletter, click to view as a web page (top of email). Then, hold down the ctrl key while hitting the "+" key to increase the size as you need. To return to normal viewing, hold ctrl key while hitting the "-" (left of the "+" key)

Opt Out? 


We hope you find value in the information contained in our newsletter. However, we realize that at time you may need to limit the amount of information you are dealing with. At any time you can go to the bottom of this newsletter and chose the unsubscribe option to remove yourself from the distribution list.

 Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA