September / 9  / 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 and Startup Kansas. 


Date:  Tuesday, September 10

Time:  4:00-5:15pm

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


To register contact Brande Stitt at (913) 492-5922.

NAWBO-KC Business Matching Meeting


The September meeting of the Kansas City chapter of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) is all about speed networking. Are you looking for a fun and interactive way to network with other women business owners? If so, the business matching event is the place for you.


Date:  Tuesday, September 10

Time:  5:30-8:00pm

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


Registration is $30 for NAWBO members, $30 for member bringing a guest and $35 for a guest ticket. Click to register .

WOMEN'S EXECUTIVE CLUB's Kick-Off Celebration!

Date: Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 24th 

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm VIP Party begins at 5:30 pm 

Cocktail Attire 

Location: Deer Creek Golf Club 7000 W. 133rd St., Overland Park, KS 66209 


A Women's Event Celebrating "WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT" Featuring Theresa Vail, Miss Kansas Hear her story 'Overcoming Stereotypes & Breaking Barriers' 

Advanced Registration Required 




Enjoy Hors d' oeuvres, Wine, Networking, Fun! 

Complimentary Gift Bag for Each Attendee- $150+ Value!! 


Silent Auction to Benefit WOMEN'S EMPLOYMENT NETWORK 


TICKETS: (Add $10 After 9/15 Deadline) 

  • $50 Standard Ticket 
  • $75 VIP - Includes VIP Party with Miss Kansas, Photo-Op & Autographed Photo 
  • $45 Member Standard Ticket 
  • $65 Member VIP-Includes Party with Miss Kansas, Photo-Op & Autographed Photo 
New members who join the WOMEN'S EXECUTIVE CLUB in September receive $75 Off the initiation fee.
In This Issue
Client & Partner News
Colleen White to present at MCC on Basic Immigration Requirements

On September 11, Colleen White of Strategic Workplace Solutions will present on contractor responsibilities related to immigration requirements at Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley. For more information contact Chris Kelly.

KCSourceLink receives $1 million EDA grant

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that KCSourceLink received a 5 year, $1 million grant to help spur entrepreneurship, economic growth and job creation. Congratulations to KCSourceLink, a terrific resource partner in our community! 

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 and resources to help you start and grow your business. 


Date:  Wednesday, September 25

Time:  4:00-5:00pm

Location:  KCMO CDE, 1900 Vine, Kansas City, MO


To register call the KCMO CDE at (816) 216-1851 ext. 111.

Wake Up and Meet for Coffee
September 27

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!


Date:  Friday, September 27

Time:  8:30-9:45am

Location:  Location TBD


Registration: Cost is $10. To register contact Brande Stitt at (913) 492-5922. 

Payments can also be made online via Paypal. 

Save the Date - KC Job Fair

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:  Monday, October 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.  

ECJC Workshops

The Enterprise Center of Johnson County host weekly lunch-and-learn workshops on Thursdays on a variety of topics for entrepreneurs and business owners. Registration is required to attend. More information can be found at


Crowd Funding and other Crowd Sourcing Opportunities for Business

September 12, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.



Blogging for Your Business Workshop

September 19, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.



Social Media Analytics Workshop

September 26, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.



Valuation for the Early Stage Company Workshop

October 3, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 



Cost per workshop: $25 - Registration required to attend

Location: 8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214

FastTrac New Venture for Women

The Women's Business Center will be hosting a fall session of our business planning course just for women, FastTrac New Venture for Women. This program is an 10-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.   Additionally, participants build lasting networks through the peer-to-peer relationships developed throughout the course.


Classes are hosted on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Women's Business Center starting on October 8 and concluding on December 10. Enrollment cost is $450 which includes curriculum materials, facilitation and meals.


To learn more about the FastTrac New Venture curriculum, visit our website or contact Brande Stitt at (913) 492-5922.

OneKC Celebrates Women in Business

Have you seen any of these billboards while driving around Kansas City?   













This campaign is designed to build awareness of the importance of women in business - for the entrepreneurs, their employees and our community - and to bring attention to the resources OneKC for Women offers to women at all stages of their professional life.  

Women's Business Center Builds a New Partnership with NAWBO-KC


The Women's Business Center recently confirmed a new partnership with the Kansas City chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). NAWBO is a membership based organization specifically targeted to women business owners of all industries with over 80 chapters located in the United States. It's through a common vision to serve women in business that the WBC and NAWBO-KC identified an opportunity to partner to better serve the Kansas City community. 


Moving forward, WBC clients will see news and events offered through NAWBO promoted on our website and newsletters to expose you to additional ways to network and engage with other women business owners.

Nominations Open for the 25 Under 25 Awards


Thinking Bigger Business Media has opened it's call for nominations for it's annual 25 Under 25 Awards.  

  • Are you an outstanding business with 25 or fewer employees?  
  • Do you know an outstanding business that you'd like to nominate?  

Make sure you fill out the nomination form online before October 15. This is a great way for you to bring added visibility and validation (plus a little goodwill for yourself) to those small businesses who make Kansas City a great place to do business.  

Eileen Fisher to donate proceeds of sales Sept. 26-28 to the AWBC


The Women's Business Center, a member of the Association of Women's Business Centers (AWBC), is pleased to announce that Eileen Fisher, a brand synonymous with beautifully simple clothes, is partnering with specialty stores across the U.S. for its third Shop Local event September 26-28. Eileen Fisher will be donating 10% of event day's sales to AWBC.  The AWBC provides advocacy, training and research to help Women's Business Center's across the nation to better serve female entrepreneurs. So shop locally at either Kansas City Halls location or at Weaver's in Lawrence to find the Eileen Fisher fall collection.

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