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June 2012


Marketing and Sales: You can't have one without the other!

Join the WBC for two seminars designed to get you the results you want   


First Chris Motley of Motley Creations will present on implementing a low cost, manageable marketing strategy, followed by brainstorming sessions designed to give you hands on practice with the strategies.


Follow up three weeks later with a session lead by Elizabeth Allen of MarketSmartz. She will introduce you to a revolutionary entrepreneurial sales system designed to deliver clarity and predictability to your sales pipeline providing you a step-by-step review of a process designed to deliver urgency and intentionality to your efforts. Whether it's just you, you just hired your first sales person, or if you need to get everyone across your organization synchronized, this system will provide a turnkey method you can implement immediately to drive sustainable results.


Women's Business Center  

8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS


June 19, 2012 - Marketing Blitz

July 10, 2012 - Sales Accountability


Both sessions meet from 8:30 - 10:00 am


$15 for each or sign up for both for $25 - Register online now! 


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 month's event is sponsored by:   



Friday, June 29, 2012  

8:30 to 9:45 a.m.

$10 Hosted at:  

Sunlight Day Spa, 7373 W 107th Street, Overland Park, KS 


Register Online Here: www.onekcforwomen.com/smartconnectkc/wake-up-networking-event-june/ 

One Week KC

Let's Make big Things Happen in KC June 18 - 26, 2012  


Uniting Entrepreneurs

Innovators, Thinkers, Purveyors of aspiration. Creators of what's next. You know who you are. And you know where. On the cusp. Teetering on the edge of something great. Something bigger. Right here in Kansas City, a city built by entrepreneurs.


Building the Community

One Week KC is nine days filled with entrepreneurial empowerment. A week's worth of sharing ideas with hundreds of great thinkers. A time to come together, get inspired, learn and connect. We're in this together. Let's make Kansas City America's most entrepreneurial city.

View the full calendar of events:www.oneweekkc.com
Kansas City Digital Storytelling Forum

Coming June 21, 2012  


Find out why digital storytelling is changing the way multimedia connects with audiences, learn about the various industries needed to support a vibrant digital storytelling community and how your business can become involved. Frank Rose of Wired Magazine along with other experts will lead the discussion. If you are thinking of starting a business in this arena, this conference is for you too. Look for applications for a special FastTrac® New Venture class targeting those starting a business in the digital/film industry on KCSourceLink.com        


American Heartland Theatre  

2450 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 

8:00 am - 4:00 pm - $25


This event is being offered in conjunction with One Week KC, 

a KCChamber program that promotes entrepreneurial start up activities in the Kansas City area.
ECJC Workshops 

Seminars offered by the Enterprise Center of Johnson County


June 14th - Google Apps Workshop - $25
June 28th - ePublishing Workshop - $25

Time & Location

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

The Enterprise Center of Johnson County

8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214


Registration is required for all ECJC workshops. Please register online at www.ecjc.com or contact Jayne Vehlewald 


The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce is planning "Entrepreneur Day at the K," a special event promoting Kansas City's local business owners and startup operators, on June 26. The chamber's Big 5 entrepreneurial initiative is hosting the event as a way to honor the city's business creators. The first 10,000 fans will receive a free Royals T-shirt.

Limited tickets available - reserve yours today!

Field Box & Field Plaza tickets: $13  


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

vs. the Tampa Bay Devil Rays  


For more information please contact Jo Anne Gabbert at
816-305-3493 or jgabbert10@gmail.com 

FastTrac® New Venture for Women

Fall dates announced!


A FastTrac® certified facilitator leads this 10 week hands-on course designed to help you determine the feasibility of your business idea and develop a plan of action. This class will incorporate materials piloted by Kauffman FastTrac® for women entrepreneurs. Click here to complete an application


Class size is limited to 30 participants

Classes meet Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 9, 15 
Fee: $450


Contact Dorothy Browning if you are interested in this course.  
SBA Hosts Matchmaker Conference in KC

Connects small businesses with teaming and federal contract opportunities 


The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a free Mentor-Protégé Matchmaking Conference event in Kansas City, Missouri on June 21, 2012. The event gives small disadvantaged businesses access to guidance on federal contracting, face-to-face meetings and opportunities to team with larger businesses and graduates of the SBA's 8(a) Business Development program.    

June 21, 2012 8:00 am - 5:00 pm  

Registration closes June 14th!


Event is free to attend, but registration is required
In This Issue
Marketing & Sales Seminars
SmartConnectKC Networking
One Week KC
KC Digital Storytelling Forum
ECJC Workshops
Entrepreneur Day at the K
Fall Dates for FastTrac®
SBA Matchmaker Conference
Client News
Not for women only: 


Men are welcome at almost all of the seminars and networking events held at the WBC.

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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WBC Client News

HeartTraining, LLC recognized by the American Heart Association       


Lori Ricki of HeartTraining, LLC has recently been awarded Training Center status with the American Heart Association. This allows them to have additional Training Sites to conduct training in CPR, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support & all AHA courses. 


Heather and Richard Garza suffer setback in opening Garza's Goodies    


Many of you may have seen the story on local news regarding Richard and heather Garza (and adorable son Damon) getting funding through Kickstarter to assist in opening their business. They also received a loan from HEDC and the Kansas City Microloan program (through Justine PETERSEN) and were on track to open for Mother's Day weekend, one of the biggest weekends in the candy business. Mother Nature had other thoughts and sent so much rain to the Waldo area their store flooded. They are currently in the process of clean up and replacement of damaged cases, etc. but anticipate opening June 14th


As any of you know, missing the prime selling season can be devastating for a business, so please watch 322 W. 85th Street for a grand opening sign and figure out a good reason to buy some chocolate even if it's not Mother's Day!    

Ginger Sue's Announces Second Location in Lee's Summit, Missouri    


Ginger Fuller, FastTrac® New Venture for Women grad from '06 and her husband just announced the opening of a second restaurant location. Their first location is in Liberty and the second is in the Douglas Station Shopping Center at 20 NE Sycamore. This brings 25 new jobs to the community. The menu includes made-from-scratch breakfast and lunch items served all day.


Women's Employment Network has successful job fair      


The Women's Employment Network recently hosted their spring job fair May 17th. Over 40 employers were present and WEN graduates were able to discuss opportunities, present their resumes and complete applications.   


If you are looking for highly vetted and trained employees, contact Tonia Bomer at WEN to discuss your needs:    tbomer@kcwen.org or 816-822-8083.  

Shirley's Design Stuido       

Becky Shirley, recent FastTrac® New Venture for Women grad has opened  Shirley Design Studio, working with both commercial and residential clients.    


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  




According to Mark Marich, angel investments are up 12.1% with the number of active investors up 20%.

News from the Women's Business Center

Update from Hadijah Nankanja

former intern from Uganda   


Hadijah Nankanja, our intern from Uganda, returned home last December and began to set up a microloan program for the women she worked with in her incubator thanks to contributions by clients and supporters of the WBC.  Below is a report on her progress:   


My major aim was to introduce micro-credit to the women's groups. I found out there were more than three hundred women in need (that's only through my network) so I was advised to formalize the project, get it registered under local government which has been done. I have given out two micro-loans; one was to buy a bigger paper cutter and tools as seen in the picture. The lady now uses it and also charges a smaller fee to the other women and she is able to slowly repay her loan. The second loan was given out to a cook; she cooks local food and sells it out in the area. (Small restaurant in the making).  


I still have funds to give out to the women and also looking out for more opportunities to grow the program. A loan given out to one woman should be re-paid in a period close to a year. They repay their money once a week and it's deposited in the bank account.


During the International women's day celebrations some of my women participated! The sales were great and the women also got a chance to see other women run businesses at the pop up shop. Please visit my blog from time to time for updates and comments: thewomensenterprisenetwork.wordpress.com 

Start-ups have to get creative to find financing

May 28,2012, Kansas City Star - WBC Program Coordinator, Dorothy Browning is quoted:     

Financing for new businesses is typically tight, especially for restaurants, and more so since the recession. So until these businesses can become "bankable," some are focusing their creativity not only on their concept but on their financing.

They're using home equity loans, free labor from friends and family, and the new social media "crowdfunding" sites that offer a grass-roots form of funding via pledges from the public.

"Unless you have assets equal to the loan, banks are pretty much not going to be able to take the risk because of federal constraints. They have to be conservative in dealing with our money," said Dorothy Browning, program director of the Women's Business Center in Lenexa,

Read more here 


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