May  2013


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.


Date: Tuesday, April 30

Time: 8:30-10:00am

Location: Women's Business Center at ECJC, 8527 Bluejacket, Lenexa, KS


Registration: Cost is $15. To register contact Brande Stitt.

The Business Plan - Online Course

May 6 - 31, 2013  


Mary Beth Izard

Are you evaluating a business idea or planning to grow an existing business?  The Business Plan is an online course facilitated over 4 weeks that will help you look at your business from all angles and determine a plan for your future.  This course is facilitated by Mary Beth Izard, an entrepreneur and educator with over 25 years of experience, and a long-time volunteer for the Women's Business Center.


Dates: May 6-31, 2013

Cost of the course: $195


Registration:  Click here for more information about The Business Plan course and to register.  For questions, contact Mary Beth Izard at (913) 522-6184.

Financing Your Small Business


Need a loan to help you start or grow your business? Attend a free information session to learn more about the Kansas City Regional Microloan Fund.


Tuesday, May 14

4:00-5:15 p.m.

Location: Women's Business Center, 8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214

Register: contact Brande Stitt at 913-492-5922


Wednesday, May 22 
4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Location: KCMO CDE, 1900 Vine, Kansas City, MO
Register: contact Tiffany at (816) 216-1851 ext. 111. 
WIPP Meeting - Women and Power 


A punchy and powerful presentation that will address conflict resolution from the biological and psychological way our brain processing works. Presented by Marty Sawyer, a dynamic speaker and CEO of Trimac Industrial Systems


Date: Thursday, May 16

Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Location: Women's Business Center, 8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214

Registration: Cost is $10 and includes beverages and light appetizers. To register contact Brande Stitt 

Negotiation Strategies for Women 


Learn strategies that will help you better negotiatie to build business success. Presenter Mary Redmond, the Fearless Negotiator, believes everything is negotiable if you ask. Learn how to ask, what to ask for and how to avoid the "gotcha's" in agreements.


Date: Thursday, May 21

Time: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Location: Women's Business Center, 8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214

Registration: Cost is $15. To register contact Brande Stitt 

KC Job Fair 


One of the fifth largest awards luncheons in the metro, the WEN Luncheon brings together supporters, volunteers and professionals to celebrate the brave women who have worked to overcome obstacles and barriers on their journey to a brighter future.The Women's Employment Network will host a job fair to connect job seekers (men and women) with Kansas City's top employers. The event is free to job seekers and no registration is required.

Date: Tuesday, May 21 
Time: 2:00-5:00pm 
Location: Sheraton Crown Center, 2345 McGee St., Kansas City, MO
Companies interested in sponsorship of the Job Fair should contact Nicole Levy at (816) 595-1297. Save the date for the fall job fair - October 21! 
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 SmartConnectKC. Make new friends and build your business. Men are welcome!


Friday, May 31, 2013

8:30 to 9:45 a.m. 

Hosted at: TBD

Online registration: Cost is $10. Register online or contact Brande Stitt at (913) 492-5922

ECJC Workshops

Lunch & Learn 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Each workshop $25 

May 1st - Investment Grade Presentations 
Register Online:

May 9th - Twitter for Beginners
Register Online:

May 16th - Facebook Basics for Your Business
May 23rd - Facebook Basics for Your Business
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
In This Issue
Understanding Financial Statements
The Business Plan - Online Course
Financing Your Small Business
WIPP Meeting
Negotiation Strategies for Women
KC Job Fair
SmartConnectKC Networking
ECJC Workshops
WBC Client News
Featured Article
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.


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WBC Client News

Congratulations to Colleen White       


Colleen White of Strategic Workplace Solutions was just named as the recipient of the 2013 U.S. Small Business Administration "Women Business Champion" Award 

Kate Rauber O'Neill wins at the 2013 Innovation Summit       


Kate received the first prize of $5,000 for her company, Sink Cycle, during the Perfect Pitch Competition at the 2nd Annual Innovation Summit on April 5 at KCKCC

Becky Blades Showcases New and Old Works       


Join Becky for a special reception as she showcases her new and old works on May 10 from 5:00-8:00pm at The Central Exhange's Firehouse Gallery, 1020 Central, KCMO

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.  



News from the Women's Business Center 

Operation First Step FastTrac


The Women's Business Center will be hosting a summer session of our micro-enterprise planning course, Operation First Step FastTrac. Operation First Step is used in over 100 locations across the U.S. to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, even when they have little to no business background.  This program is an 8-week course designed to give participants a specific roadmap to starting their business while exposing them to subject matter experts and community resources to help them succeed.  This course is offered at a very subsidized rate of $75 to allow individuals who meet low-to-moderate income guidelines to participate in this in-depth training program (similar programs cost $450-700).


The class begins on June 1 but participants are required to attend a free orientation program to officially apply. Orientations are scheduled for May 13 and May 20 from 6:00-7:30pm.

To learn more about the Operation First Step curriculum, visit our website or contact Judy Bumpus at (816) 786-3959.  
NetWork Kansas Announces New Criteria for StartUp Kansas  


NetWork Kansas recently announced new criteria to include more urban businesses in their StartUp Kansas loan fund.  The loan program matches other public sources of capital and can provide up to $45,000 per project for Kansas businesses.  Previously the program had been limited to businesses in rural or distressed areas of Kansas.  The NetWork Kansas board has decided to extend StartUp Kansas capital to businesses in an urban area that offer benefit to under-served or disadvantaged populations.  To be eligible, businesses located in urban areas must demonstrate that their business or project meets specific criteria set by NetWork Kansas.  To view the full list of criteria and find out if your business or project is a fit for StartUp Kansas visit their website.


You may also attend a free informational session on StartUp Kansas and the Regional Microloan Fund on May 14 at the Women's Business Center.  For more information, visit the Women's Business Center site or contact Brande Stitt.

The State of Women-Owned Business in the U.S.


Womenable and American Express OPEN teamed up for the third year in a row to produce a comprehensive report on the state of women-owned businesses in the United States.  Here are some interesting statistics from their report:

  • As of 2013, there are 8.6 million majority women-owned businesses in the U.S. generating over $1.3 trillion in revenue and employing 7.8 million people in addition to themselves
  • Of these businesses, one in three are owned by women of color - this represents an increase from 1997 when one in six women-owned businesses were women of color
  • Click to download the full report 

Womenable also looked at the state of women-owned businesses with more than $1 million in revenue.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, just 2% of women-owned businesses have $1 million or more in revenue (the same as in 1997).  The silver lining - the number of women-owned businesses with $10 million or more has grown by 57% over the last decade, in comparison with a 38% increase of all $10 million plus firms.


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