June  2013


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.


Wednesday, June 12
4:00-5:15 p.m. 
Location: 8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214
Register: contact Brande Stitt at 913-492-5922
BIG Breakfast


Nourish your body and your business at the BIG Breakfast and hear insights and experiences from some of Kansas City's top entrepreneurs from the cover of Thinking Bigger Business Media.


Date: Tuesday, June 18 

Time: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110 


Registration: Cost is $20 - Register online at Thinking Bigger Business Media 

Get Down to Business - A Small Business Week Celebration


Network with other small business owners, partners and resources that can help you take your buisness to the next level. Learn how to "connect-the-dots" and get real results with your marketing. Take away valuable marketing lessons, tips and tools from successful Kansas City entrepreneurs.


Date: Wednesday, June 19

Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

Location: KU Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivera Road, Overland Park, KS 66213


Registration is free (with one business card per person). Click  here to register.
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.


Wednesday, June 26
4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Location: KCMO CDE, 1900 Vine, Kansas City, MO
Register: contact Tiffany at (816) 216-1851 x111
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, June 28, 2013

8:30 to 9:45 a.m. 

Hosted at: Habitat ReStore, 303 W 79th Street, Kansas City, MO 


Registration: Cost is $10. Register online or contact Brande Stitt at (913) 492-592. Payments can also be made online via Paypal

Save the date for these upcoming July sessions!


July 23 - Marketing from the Trenches 


July 23 - Understanding the Affordable Care Act for Small Business and Entrepreneurs 


ECJC Workshops

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

Each workshop $25 

June 13 - The Process of Raising Capital
Register Online: www.ecjc.com/raisingcapital061313

June 20 - Search Engine Optimization
Register Online: www.ecjc.com/seo062013

June 27 - Small Business Innovative Research Grant 
Register Online: www.ecjc.com/sbir062713 

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
Financing Your Small Business
BIG Breakfast
Small Business Week Celebration
Financing Your Small Business
SmartConnectKC Networking
Save the Date for July Sessions
ECJC Workshops
WBC Client News
News from the Women's Business Center
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

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist        


Lenora Payne, Technology Solutions Group (Lenexa, KS), was named as a finalist for Ernst & Young's 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year

View all of the finalists 

OsteoGeneX receives NIH Grant   


OsteoGeneX received a National Institutes of Health grant for $475,076. CEO Debra Ellies has raised nearly $6 million for the pharmaceutical business.



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Are you a Women's Business Center client with news you'd like us to share? Contact Brande Stitt.

News from the Women's Business Center 

Missouri to host the 2013 National Veterans Small Business Conference

Entrepreneurs will be able to connect directly with government procurement decision makers and business partners at the 2013 National Veterans Small Business Conference on August 6-8 in St. Louis, MO. The conference is dedicated to helping Veteran-owned businesses develop opportunities in the federal and commercial marketplace; attend training sessions and participate in networking roundtables to discuss their capabilities with procurement decision makers. Retired U.S. Army General Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary of Veteran Affairs, will be in attendance at the conference which generates national small business, corporation and government participation.


Conference information can be found at www.nationalveteransconference.com.

Moms are breadwinners in record 4 out of 10 households 
Source: CNN Money


The Pew Research Center recently analyzed U.S. Census data and identified that moms are the sole or primary breadwinner in four out of 10 households with children. In 2011, roughly two thirds (or 8.6 million) of breadwinners were single moms and one third (or 5.1 million) were married women who earned more than their husbands. But in surveys conducted with 1,000 Americans last month, they found that not all approve of the trends. They found that 51% believe children are better off when a mom stays home with the kids and doesn't hold a job. The opinion survey seems to indicate that Americans "are of two minds about the gains mothers have made in the workplace - most recognizing the clear economic benefits to families, but many voice concerns about the toll on children and marriage".

Limits lifted on federal contracts to women-owned business


A new rule will do away with the caps on federal contracts to businesses participating in the SBA's Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract program.Until now, those contracts were limited to $6.5 million for manufacturing and $4 million for everything else.Going forward, contracting officers will be able to set aside contracts at any dollar level if they help federal agencies meet their goal of awarding 5% of their contracting dollars to certified women-owned small businesses.To view the rule and submit comments visit www.regulations.gov (search for RIN 3245-AG55).


In an effort to strengthen and promote the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract program, a new initiative was launched in partnership with the Women Influencing Public Policy, the SBA and American Express OPEN called ChallengeHER.ChallengeHER will offer events and workshops and access to an online curriculum, mentoring opportunities and government buyers with a goal to provide women entrepreneurs with knowledge and connections to help them successfully compete in the government marketplace.  Visit WIPP for a schedule of events and more information on how your business can get involved.


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