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February 2013


SmartConnectKC Networking 

Wake up and meet me for coffee! 


Join us for a cup of coffee as you network with other entrepreneurs and learn marketing tips and strategies from Luann Feehan of Smart  Connect KC. Make new friends and build your business.


Friday, March 1, 2013  

8:30 to 9:45 a.m. - $10 

Hosted at: Entercom 

7000 Squibb, Mission, KS

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 2 session series will walk you through the fundamentals of what is important and what's not.

Digital Design - The Fundamentals, Content and Social Media
Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 8:30 - 10:00 am

Digital Design -  Analytics, am I getting what I need from my site?
Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 8:30 - 10:30 am

$15 each session or $25 for the full series
Register Online: www.onekcforwomen.com/calendar/digital-marketing-workshop-series
FastTrac® NewVenture™  
Spring Session Begins March 19, 2013
You have an innovative idea for a business, but you are not sure how and where to start in assessing your options.  FastTrac® NewVenture, a program of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, helps you define and evaluate your business concept. Through research, in-class activities, guest speakers who are subject matter experts, peer-to-peer interaction, and facilitated discussions, each  entrepreneur works on the key aspects of starting or refining her business venture. Take this opportunity  to focus on your business and develop the plan you need to start and grow successfully.

Class meets every Tuesday for 10 Weeks
March 19, 26, April 2, 9,16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21
Time:  6:00 -9:00 p.m.
8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214

Cost: $450
Please contact Brande Stitt for questions: bstitt@kansaswbc.com
Register: www.onekcforwomen.com/business-center/programs/programs-for-new-businesses/fasttrac-newventure
Understanding Financial Statements   

Learn how you can grow your business by understanding your financial statements.  Presenter Scott Hipp, President of C-Jaxn Tax and Accounting Services, will work with you to learn about financial documents critical to business success and tax issues that may impact your bottom line.

March 5, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Enterprise Center of Johnson County
8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214

Cost: $15
Register: www.onekcforwomen.com/calendar/understanding-financial-statements
ECJC Workshops

Thursday lunch 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Each workshop $25 


March 28th - ePublishing Workshop
Register Online: www.ecjc.com/epublishing022813

March 7th - Valuation of the Early Stage Business
Register Online:  www.ecjc.com/valuation030713

March 14th - Success Story Essentials Workshop
Register Online:

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 April 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. Final application deadline is April 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
SmartConnectKC Networking
Digital Marketing Workshops
FastTrac® NewVenture
Understanding Financial Statements Workshop
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.

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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!


Please Join us in welcoming Brande Stitt to 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! 


WBC Client News

Thinking Bigger announces the 25 under 25 for 2012:


Thinking Bigger Media announced their annual list of recipients of the 25 under 25 awards. Congratulations to Sharon Rensenhouse of Mano's Gifts, a member of the WBC's accomplished women's roundtable and the other winners of this year's award which recognizes those businesses that employee less than 25 people but are a powerful force in the Kansas City small business scene. For a full list visit their website   

Two Kansas 'Women to Watch"


Two Kansas women entrepreneurs made the Women to Watch list recently published by Entrepreneur.com.

To read about Maria Flynn and Olga Koper visit
Womenable Newsletter


The year end edition of womenable was recently released. If you haven't signed up for this e-newsletter, it always has a wealth of great information on women and entrepreneurship. This edition is a top 10 of news from the last year, so a great way to get to know the publication.

View the latest edition here 
Fast Fact:


Did you know the SBA has a specific section of their website devoted to Women Entrepreneurs? 




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 bstitt@kansaswbc.com


The Woman's Business Center announces partnership with the Women's President's Organization 

Join us on March 7 for a special reception announcing a new partnership between the Women's Business Center and the WPO. The reception will be hosted from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at the Women's Business Center, 8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS. Click here to register or for more information about the reception, contact Brande Stitt: bstitt@kansaswbc.com 


The WPO is a membership organization for women presidents & CEOs (and managing directors) of privately held, multi-million dollar companies. Through collaborative peer-learning groups, the WPO accelerates business growth, enhances competitiveness, and promotes economic security through its educational programs. Comprised of more than 1,600 accomplished women entrepreneurs, this international group has more than 100 chapters, but did not have one in the Kansas City area.


Mary Leonida, Track Consuliting, was interested in starting a WPO chapter in Kansas City. In discussions with Sherry Turner, ED of the WBC, it became obvious that the current WBC roundtable for accomplished women business owners was an automatic fit for this group. Sherry and Mary decided it was a great way to jumpstart a new WPO group in Kansas City and give the members of the accomplished women's roundtable an opportunity to expand their networks by joining forces. With 70 % of WPO members doing business with each other and/or WPO Corporate Sponsors, the advantage of being a part of this group is obvious. Their yearly national conference is known for promoting business relationships as well as offering timely and relevant seminars for women business owners.


The roundtable format of the WPO is very similar to the current facilitated roundtable format and the current members have all signed on to the new model. We would like to give a special thanks to Lead Bank for becoming the first local sponsor of this group. Without their support, this project would not have taken off. If you are interested in membership in this group, you can find more details on requirements at www.womenpresidentsorg.com or by contacting Mary Leonida at mleonida@usapolaris.com.   

What kind of businesses are women starting?

All kinds of course, but of our last FastTrac® class the women starting or expanding a business included:  


Healthcare consulting, T-shirts, family entertainment facility, classes designed for actors focusing on topics related to the business of acting, kickboxing franchise, packaged landscaping designs, hospital gowns for children, import/sale of beauty products and custom clothing for infants. We will keep you updated on the progress of these women throughout the year.   


What's going on with women business owners around the world? Rania Anderson, founding member of the Women's Capital Connection features many great stories about women building their businesses around the world on her site:  the way women work


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