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December 2012


The Certification Maze: WBE/MBE/DBE
Held in partnership with the Kansas Black Chamber of Commerce

Does your business need them? Will they help? How much do they cost? Which ones do you need? Will your business even qualify for certifications? This workshop will debunk the mysteries of certification and help guide you through the maze. Walk through the application process step by step and get all your questions answered. Then get tips from entrepreneurs who have used their certification status to grow their business.

January 15, 2012
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Enterprise Center of Johnson County
8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214

Cost: $10 - lunch included
Register Online: www.onekcforwomen.com
Digital Technology Workshops
Series launches January 9th  
As a small business owner, do you struggle keeping up with all of the new Digital Marketing Technology available? If that's you, join Ray Norris of ITSOkc to gain hands on skills using Apple and WordPress.

Apples - for Small Business
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Just get an Iphone, IPAD, or Mac notebook computer? Want to know how to get the most out of your shiny new apple device to support your business? Then Sign Up Now! You will learn about Apple's iCloud, Dropbox, Google Apps, iWork and more ...

WordPress for Small Business I
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Want to take charge of your own website?  - YOU CAN!  WordPress is the most popular website engine on the planet.  Why?  Because it was designed with YOU in mind, is easy to update, and it's FREE.  By the end of class, you will have created your own website!

WordPress for Small Business II
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Let's keep building on the skills you learned in WordPress for Small Business I. By the end of class, you will have a fully functional 'responsive' website, including banner/slider, contact page, integrated newletter sign-up and social integration. Whoa - that's a lot - YOU CAN DO IT!

Location: Enterprise Center of Johnson County
8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214
Cost: $20 each session

Register: www.onekcforwomen.com/calendar/digitalseries2013 
SmartConnectKC Networking 

Wake up and meet me for coffee! 


Start the new year out by expanding your business network through this open and energizing networking opportunity. Join us at for coffee, conversation and build your business for the new year.


Friday, January 25, 2013  

8:30 to 9:45 a.m. - $10 

Hosted at: The Spa at Briarcliff 

4133 N. Mulberry Drive, Kansas City, MO 64116 

Digital Marketing Workshops
The State of Online Marketing and What You Need to Know When it Comes to Your Website 

Do you feel overwhelmed when it comes to marketing your business online? Where do you start? Once you have a site, whats next? Taught by the talented team from EAG Marketing, this 3 session series will walk you through the fundamentals of what is important and what's not.

Digital Design - The Fundamentals
Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 8:30 - 10:00 am

Digital Design - Content and Social Media
Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 8:30 - 10:00 am

Digital Design -  Analytics, am I getting what I need from my site?
Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 8:30 - 10:30 am

$15 each session or $40 for the full series
Register Online: www.onekcforwomen.com/calendar/digital-marketing-workshop-series
Exporting - it's not just for the big guys 

If you are a small business but do sales over the internet, you can potentially be an exporter. Join us to learn the in's and outs of the process, what you need to know before you start and get tips from a small business owner who is exporting. Topics covered include legal aspects, logistics and resources.

February 19, 2013
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Enterprise Center of Johnson County
8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214

Cost: $20 - lunch included
Register: www.onekcforwomen.com/calendar/exportingseminar
ECJC Workshops

Thursday lunch 11:00 am - 1:00 pm - Each workshop $25 


January 3rd - Email Marketing: The Good, the Bad and the WOW
Register Online: www.ecjc.com/emailmarketing010313

January 10th - Small Business Innovative Research Grant
Register Online:

January 17th - Franchising Workshop
Register Online: www.ecjc.com/franchising011710

January 24th - Facebook for Business Workshop
Register Online: www.ecjc.com/facebook012413

All workshops held at the Enterprise Center of Johnson County 
8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214

Call (913) 438-2282 for any questions about these workshops
UMKC's Entrepreneurship Scholars Program

Initial application deadline is February 1, 2013


The E-Scholars program, open to the general public, is a 12-month certificate program designed to provide promising entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge needed to launch world-class ventures.


Program begins in May 2013. Initial application deadline is February 1, 2013.  Early application increases likelihood of admission.   


More information, including how to submit an application, can be found at Entrepreneurship Scholars Program.   

Questions? Call Beverly Stewart at 816-235-1741 or email stewartbj@umkc.edu

In This Issue
Certification Maze
Digital Technology Workshops
SmartConnectKC Networking
Digital Marketing Workshops
Exporting Seminar
ECJC Workshops
UMKC's Entrepreneurial Scholars Program
WBC News
Women's Business Center Articles
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

... it's not just a shop, it's a venture!


Shopping local  helps Kansas City based businesses compete in a global economy. Visit the websites below and check out these local businesses and the special holiday discounts they are offering to friends of the Women's Business Center.    


Heritage Computer Consulting & Services, Inc is offering a 50% discount on the first hour of services.


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Hippie Chow Natural Foods Buy one bag, get another 50% off on full-size bags of granola at the Badseed Farmers Market through December 31, 2012. eathippiechow.com 


JDeaneJobs: 30% off any talent management or on-boarding program or free JobCast implementation into your Facebook page, two job description updates and posting for only $299 until 12-31-12



Sharon Rensenhouse of Mano's gifts is offering a 15% discount for orders placed through this season from their website. Use the discount code Womenrock when placing an order. Check out their very cool Kansas City scenes etched wine bottles!  



10% off ANY Remodel that is scheduled for January, February or March of 2013.  Small or large projects welcome!

Operation First Step:


We will be offering an Operation First Step class in the spring. This class is focused on those individuals, both women and men, who meet low to moderate income guidelines. The cost of this class is being subsidized by a grant from the Port Authority- Ameristar/Isle of Capri Economic Advancement Fund so cost of the entire 8 week class is only $75.

Contact Judy Bumpus for more details or call her at 816-786-3959
Class Location: 4747 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO 
FastTrac grad update:


Angela Hurt of  Veracity Solutions is hiring five new employees as she expands her business of helping other companies integrate and maximize their IT operations.  

Are you a FastTrac® grad?


If you are a previous FastTrac® graduate and haven't been in touch with us lately, we would love to hear from you. Did you start your business? Start a second? What can the WBC be doing for you now?  


Judy Mathews is making calls, so pick up the phone if you see her name on caller id, or better yet give her a call at 913-492-5922 or email her at jmathews@kansaswbc.com   

Small Business Saturday:


Thanks to all of you who participated in Small Business Saturday, supporting the small placed based businesses in our area. For every dollar you spent, your community and the business benefited greatly.

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  


FastTrac® NewVenture:


FastTrac® new Venture for Women fall session graduation was held Nov 15th. Congratulations to all of the women who participated. The final presentations were excellent and lead to many robust discussions on taking the next steps forward.   


Know a woman who is considering starting or expanding a business? FastTrac® is a great way to vet your idea and plan for a successful business while forming relationships that will last well past the class. We are recruiting for our spring session which will start in February. Interested woman can contact Dorothy Browning or click here to register.    

Holiday Thanks:


The Women's Business Center would not be able to provide the services we do without the help of our many volunteers. From people like Paul Weber who presents to our FastTrac® Classes, participates on our Advisory Councils and works with his staff to present the three session digital marketing series we conducted in the fall, to Cheri Streeter who is always ready to mentor a client, develop systems to support the Women's Capital Connection, or advocate for new WBC programs, you are the "special sauce". Thanks to every one of the over 80 individuals who has assisted the WBC and our clients during year and especially those graduates of our previous classes and roundtables who are stepping up to the plate to mentor the classes of 2012.  

We would also like to thank the many banks and other lending institutions that helped make the new microloan program a success this year by making donations to the Loan Loss Reserve Fund. This allowed Justine Petersen to access 1 million loanable dollars from the SBA for Kansas City and surrounding area clients who needed funds to start or expand their businesses. These institutions include:  
  • Mutual of OmahaEquity BankMissouri Bank
  • National Bank of Kansas City
  • Country Club Bank  
  • Heartland Business Capital  
  • KC Mo CDE
  • Bank Midwest
  • Great Southern Bank
  • River Market Community Assoc.   
  • Enterprise Bank  
  • Lead Bank
  • United Bank of Kansas  
  • First National Bank  
  • Citizens Bank (Paola)  
  • First Option Bank

If you want to know more about the microloan program visit justinepetersen.org  or attend one of the monthly informational seminars held at the KCMO CDE at 19th and Vine.  The Women's Business Center provides technical assistance to clients of the microloan program (men and women) who need help with preparation of a business plan. 

A Personal Thanks from Dorothy Browning:


I have truly enjoyed the past year and a half serving as the Director of the WBC. Being part of the vibrant woman's entrepreneurial community in Kansas City is energizing and gratifying. So, it is with sadness that I made the decision recently  to leave my position at the end of the year and move closer to my mother to support her as she ages. I will miss all of you and want to assure you that I am leaving you in great hands.  The new Director, to be announced soon, will not only fill my shoes, but need bigger ones!  Happy holidays to all and good luck on continuing to make Kansas City one of the most entrepreneurial cities in the U.S.    

1,000 Stories Campaign 


The Story Exchange, a global video project empowering women to achieve economic independence through entrepreneurship, is launching a new campaign. The 1,000 Stories Campaign is a project aimed at understanding the needs of women business owners and giving their stories media exposure. They are interested in businesses from every sector, including social enterprises and even sole proprietorships.  


Once they reach their goal of 1,000 stories they will analyze the findings and go to the media, lawmakers, and the banking industry so they can create initiatives that work around the needs of women ... instead of women having to work around everyone else.


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