October / 22 / 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:  Wednesday, October 23 at KCMO CDE, 1900 Vine, Kansas City, MO 

Date:  Tuesday, November 12 at WBC, 8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214

Time:  4:00-5:00 p.m.


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

The Business Plan - Online Course


Are you evaluating a business idea or planning to grow an exisiting 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 long0time volunteer for Women's Business Center.


Dates:  November 4 - 29, 2013

Cost of the course:  $195

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

The Intentional Entrepreneur


Do you dream of being a business owner?  Have an idea but feel stuck because you don't know if it's right for you?  The Intentional Entrepreneur class is designed to help you move forward and take action on your idea.  


Time: Thursday, November 14, 2013

Time: 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

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


Registration: $45 - To register contact Brande Stitt at ((13) 492-5922. Payments can be made online using Paypal.

Wake Up and Meet for Coffee
November 22, 2013

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, November 22 

Time:  8:30-9:45am

Location: Tivol on the Plaza, 220 Nichols, Kansas City, MO


Registration: Cost is $10. To register contact Brande Stitt at (913) 492-5922.  Payments can also be made online via Paypal. 

In This Issue
Client & Partner News
Angela Hurt, Veracity Consulting, receives Kansas Department of Commerce Award

Last week, Angela received the Office of Minority & Women Business Development Award for Woman-Owned Professional Services Company of the Year.

Photo from Veracity Consulting, Inc. Facebook page

Jennifer Meentz Named as a 2013 Women Who Mean Business

Jennifer Meentz, AAA Screening Services, was named as one of The Business Journal's 2013 Women Who Mean Business.

ECJC Workshops

The Enterprise Center of Johnson County hosts 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 www.ecjc.com


Advanced Facebook for Business

October 31, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Register:  www.ecjc.com/advfacebook103113   


Using Prezi for Presentations Workshop 

November 7, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Register:  www.ecjc.com/prezi110713 


Google Apps Workshop 

November 14, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Register: www.ecjc.com/googleapps111413 


The Process of Raising Capital Workshop

November 21, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Register:  www.ecjc.com/RaisingCapital112113   


Cost per workshop: $25 - Registration required to attend

Location: 8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214

NEWS from the Women's Business Center

National Women's Small Business Month


Did you know that October is National Women's Small Business Month? It's also the 25th anniversary of the Women's Business Ownership Act. The Women's Business Ownership Act was passed in 1988 to address the needs of women in business by giving women entrepreneurs recognition, resources, and by eliminating discriminatory lending practices by banks that favored men. One of the direct outcomes of the act was the establishment of the Women's Business Center program. 


How can you celebrate National Women's Small Business Month? 

  • Connect an aspiring female entrepreneur to the Women's Business Center for counseling and training. 
  • Volunteer to be a mentor to a female entrepreneur. 
  • Help sponsor one of the many Women's Business Center programs. 

For more ideas on how you can get involved, visit the Women's Business Center website. 

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And there's another way to help stay connected to the Women's Business Center...the OneKC for Women alliance has launched a new  Facebook page. We'll be sharing photos, news and helpful information for clients of the Women's Employment Network, Women's Business Center and Women's Capital Connection  So like us on Facebook and we'll keep you up-to-date on what's happening for women entrepreneurs in Kansas City. 


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The Intentional Entrepreneur


The Women's Business Center has launched a new curriculum for entrepreneurs - FastTrac® Intentional Entrepreneur.  The Intentional Entrepreneur is a three-hour course designed for those who have the desire to start a business but need help moving forward and taking action. The program is designed to help you investigate your entrepreneurial attitude by exploring the emotional and practical aspects of business ownership. The class will be hosted on November 13. 


For more information visit our website  

New Business Loan Program for Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Businesses in Kansas


NetWork Kansas announced the launch of the Minority and Women Business (MWB) Multiplier Loan Fund. The program will provide a source of gap financing to help for-profit Kansas minority, women-owned (MBE/WBE) and other disadvantaged businesses (DBE). The loan program, a partnership between NetWork Kansas and the Kansas Department of Commerce, can match up to 20% of private capital invested in a business project. To be eligible, businesses must be certified through the Kansas Department of Commerce Office of Minority & Women Business Development.  


For more information and additional eligibility requirements, visit NetWork Kansas or contact Jamie Hofling  

WPO - Lead Bank  

We are actively recruiting accomplished women business owners to participate in the Women President's Organization - Kansas City chapter. If your business is over $1 million in sales and you're interested in a peer-to-peer accelerated growth model for your business, then you may be a good candidate for the WPO chapter.

For more information on the criteria and format, please contact Brande Stitt or visit our  website. We'd like to offer a special thank you to Lead Bank for sponsoring the WPO-Kansas City chapter.

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