January / 9 / 2014
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, January 14  

Time:  4:00-5:15 p.m.

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


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

NAWBO-KC Monthly Meeting 


Join the National Association of Women Business Owners Kansas City chapter for their monthly meeting.  The January meeting will feature Alana Muller, President of Kauffman's FastTrac program, presenting on "Master Networking". 


Date:  Tuesday, January 14

Time:  5:30-8:00 p.m.  

Location:  Hereford House, 5001 Town Center Dr., Leawood, KS

Registration: Members and guests may register by visiting the NAWBO-KC website.  

Athena League Speaker Series 


The Athena League hosts a regular speaker series featuring one established female entrepreneur and one aspiring female entrepreneur who each share their stories.  January will feature Teri Rogers, Owner & CEO of Hint (formerly T2), and Alexa Nguyen, Co-Founder and Director of Operations at Handprint.   


Date: Thursday, January 16 

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

Location: Polsinelli, 900 W. 48th Place, 1st Floor, Kansas City, MO 


Registration: Cost is free.  Click here to register online.

Wake Up and Meet for Coffee
January 24

We put the i back in Bier!  Join us for a sneak peek at Kansas City's newest brewery and 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, January 24  

Time:  8:30-9:45 a.m.

Location: Kansas City Bier Company, 310 W. 79th St., 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
EAG donates $10,000 marketing package to Informed Health Solutions

Long-time volunteer for the Women's Business Center, EAG celebrates their 10th year in business by donating a marketing package to a local, woman-owned business that helps heart-failure patients.  Read more...   

Mary Beth Izard featured in article about Boomer Entrepreneurs 

Mary Beth Izard and her book, BoomerPreneurs:  How Boomers Can Start Their Own Business, Make Money and Enjoy Life, were featured in a recent US News article.

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


Small Business Innovation Research Grant Workshop 

January 9, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Register Now   


Guerilla Marketing Workshop  

January 16, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Register Now 


Valuation of Early Stage Company Workshop  

January 23, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Register Now 


Essential Social Media for Business Workshop  

January 30, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  

Register Now 


Cost per workshop: $25 - Registration required to attend

Location: 8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214

NEWS from the Women's Business Center

KCMO wants your feedback on the WBE certification process 


Mayor James launched the Women's Empowerment (WE) Initiative in October with the goal of taking action steps to ensure that city government works well for the women who work for it and for the women who do business with the city. Women need to take part equally in business development and civic life.


Part of this strategy is looking to improve city processes for women to ensure we are promoting economic development and entrepreneurship. For that reason, WE is seeking feedback on the City's Women's Business Enterprise process, which will be used to draft initial policy recommendations. You can share your information and input regarding this process through this online survey. 

InvestMidwest application deadline is January 17  


InvestMidwest is a venture capital conference that showcases 40-45 companies from throughout the Midwest in three industry tracks of life sciences, technology and food/ag/bioenergy.   The 300+ attendees include investors from top venture capital firms.


InvestMidwest is scheduled for March 26-27 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.  Companies wishing to present must submit their applications online by January 17. 



Women's Capital Connection meets with Rep. Lynn Jenkins 


A group of angel investors from the Women's Capital Connection and Mid-America Angels met with Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) along with innovation and entrepreneurship leaders at the University of Kansas in December.  Rep. Jenkins was interested in learning more about angel investing and what policies Congress can support to ensure a healthy environment for angel investing.  During the roundtable meeting, investors talked about companies they have invested in, how they selected the companies and how their work is connected to the economic development ecosystem in Kansas and the country.  Roundtable members also got to suggest tax policies that would help stimulate more investment and also ask for help in addressing securities regulations that may hold back capital access for entrepreneurs rather than expanding it as Congress requested in the 2012 JOBS Act.  The meeting included Kelly Pruneau, Victoria Barnard, Kelly Drouillard and Marianne Hudson from the Women's Capital Connection and Ron Domsch, George Hansen, and Rick Vaughn from the Mid-America Angels.  

A Celebration of Women Commemorative Journal  


Honor a special woman in your life by recognizing her in the Women's Foundation annual commemorative journal.  Since 1993 it's included more than 2,300 tributes to remarkable women and girls.  It provides a glimpse of the deeply important and enormously varied ways these women impact their friends, families, community and professions.  The book will be unveiled on May 12, 2014.  For more information and to reserve your space in the commemorative book, visit the Women's Foundation.


Operation First Step FastTrac starting on February 8 


Do you dream of owning a business?  Operation First Step can help you turn your dream into a reality.  Develop a start-up plan that will help you not only start, but succeed in business.  This multi-week course will give you a specific road map for starting a business,position you to fund your business and develop a network of resources and peers that a business owner needs. 



Operation First Step FastTrac is offered at a very subsidized rate of $75 to allow individuals who meet low-to-moderate income guidelines to participate.  For more information and additional eligibility requirements, visit the Women's Business Center or contact Brande Stitt.



A special Thank You to the Women's Business Center Partners

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