March / 11 / 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, March 11  

Time:  11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location:  Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave., Flint Building, Room 3619b, Kansas City, KS  


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 March meeting will feature Kelly Scanlon, Publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media, presenting on "Harold & the Purple Crayon". 


Date:  Tuesday, March 11 

Time:  5:30-8:00 p.m.  

Location:  Californos, 4124 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO 

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.  The March event will be networking focused.   


Date: Thursday, March 20  

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

Location: Snow & Co., 1815 Wyandotte, Kansas City, MO 


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

BIG Breakfast

Nourish your body and mind at Thinking Bigger Business Media's quarterly BIG Breakfast.  Panelists include:

  • Jeff Martin, Smallcakes
  • Jim Marmon, Team Drive-Away
  • Jose Luis Valdez, Paleterias Tropicana 


Date:  Thursday, March 27    

Time:  7:30-9:30 a.m.

Location: Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, MO 


Registration: Cost is $20 and includes breakfast. Click here to register.

Wake Up and Meet for Coffee
March 28

Is networking something you can bank on?  Join us for the March coffee to connect with entrepreneurs and learn marketing tips and strategies from Luann Feehan of SmartConnectKC.  Make new friends and build your business.  Men are welcome!


Date:  Friday, March 28   

Time:  8:30-9:45 a.m.

Location: Bank of Kansas City, 12112 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS   


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

In This Issue
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


Facebook Basics for Your Business 

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

Register Now   


The Process of Raising Capital   

March 20, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Register Now 


Advanced Facebook for Business   

March 27, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Register Now 


Strategic Thinking & Implementation   

April 3, 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

March is Women's History Month  


March is Women's History Month, an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.  You'll find events and tributes taking place across the world that celebration the impacts of women.  For a listing of some events happening in Kansas City, visit the UMKC's Women's Center site

The Women's Business Center highlights the contributions of women every month.  Here are some of the ways you can help  us support women-led businesses in our community:
  • Connect an aspiring female entrepreneur to the Women's Business Center for counseling and training.
  • Volunteer to be a coach or advisor 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.  

Obtaining Certification as a Woman Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)  


In celebration of Women's History Month, the U.S. Small Business Administration Kansas City district office has partnered with the Women's Business Center to host a workshop on how to obtain certification as a woman owned business enterprise.  The workshop will provide details on the benefits of certification, the different certifying entities and process for certification.  Represented certifying entities include the City of Kansas City Missouri, the State of Kansas, SBA/PTAC, and Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).  The workshop is scheduled for March 19 but is already sold out. 

For women who are interested in learning more about certification, visit the Women's Business Center site for a listing of certifying entities and resources that can assist you.  For individualized assistance, please contact Brande Stitt to schedule an appointment to discuss if certification is right for you and how to apply.



InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum 


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 attend should visit the InvestMidwest site



Starr Women's Hall of Fame launched in Kansas City  


The Starr  Women's Hall of Fame was recently launched at a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Chelsea Clinton on February 24 to an audience of over 1,100 Kansas Citians.  The Hall will recognize women from the metropolitan area and preserve the legacy of their contributions.  Nominations are currently being accepted for the Starr Hall of Fame Class of 2014.  For details on the nomination criteria and to make a nomination visit the Starr Hall of Fame online.  

Women's Employment Network Annual Luncheon  


Investing in Women
April 8, 2014
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sheraton Crown Center, Grand Ballroom, 2345 McGee, Kansas City, MO

Buy tickets now for the annual fundraising luncheon for the Women's Employment Network (WEN).  For more than 27 years, WEN has helped thousands of women create positive changes in their lives through job-search training, financial coaching and professional case management.  WEN is a proud partner of OneKC for Women, an alliance with the Women's Business Center and Women's Capital Connection.  Together, these partner organizations are able to better achieve a common goal:  empowering women to achieve financial independence.

Tickets and sponsorships range from $75 - $15,000.  For more information and to purchase your tickets visit the Women's Employment Network.


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

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The Women's Business Center is partially funded by U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under a cooperative agreement.  All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.