May / 8 / 2014

NAWBO-KC Monthly Meeting 


Join the National Association of Women Business Owners Kansas City chapter for their monthly meeting.This month's meeting features "The 2 Mayors" - Mayor Sly James (KCMO) and Mayor/CEO Mark Holland (KCK) 


Date:  Tuesday, May 13

Time:  5:30-8:00 p.m.  

Location:  Brio Tuscan Grille on the Country Club Plaza

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

Minority and Women-Owned Business EXPO 2014

The EXPO is designed for M/WBE to showcase your products and services, meet procurement officers from public and private sector and network with other entrepreneurs.


Date:  Wednesday, May 14  

Time:  9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location:  MCC-Business & Technology Campus, 1775 Universal Ave., Kansas City, MO


This event is FREE and open to the public. Contact Chris Kelly at (816) 604-1106 to register and for more information. 

Introduction to Angel Investing

Are you thinking about becoming an angel investor? Or, are you an entrepreneur looking for funding who needs a better understanding of how angels and angel groups operate? If so, then this workshop is for you.

Date:  Thursday, May 15 

Time:  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Location:  Enterprise Center of Johnson County, 8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214 


$25 registration fee includes lunch.

Athena League Speaker Series 


Athena League Vox will be co-hosting the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions program Women's Forum with a cocktail hour following programming from 7:00-8:00pm. 


Date: Thursday, May 15 

Time: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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


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

Small Business Workshop 
& Resource Fair


Join us for a workshop and resource fair hosted in the Ivanhoe Neighborhood community of Kansas City. Download Info 


Date:  Thursday, May 22  

Time:  5 - 7 p.m.

Location: Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council, 3700 Woodland, Kansas City, MO 64109


To register, email

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, May 28  

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.

2014 Federal Procurement Conference
Hosted by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers and the Small Business & Technology Development Center  


This year's conference includes a distinguished list of representatives from both industry and government to connect with Missouri small businesses as well as provide resources, information and advice to potential contractors about government purchasing practices. Brochure


Date: Thursday, May 29

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

Location: University of Central MO, Warrensburg, MO


Registration: Cost is free. Register online.

Wake Up and Meet for Coffee
May 30

In May, SmartConnectKC will be at back at the Archer Foundation at Park Place in Leawood to meet at company that is feeding a changing world. Come and meet Agspring while you feed your business networking cravings. Make new friends and build your business. Men are welcome!


Date:  Friday, May 30  

Time:  8:30-9:45 a.m.

Location: Archer Foundation & Agspring, 5250 W. 116th Pl., Suite 200 Leawood, KS 66211


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
WPO member Lenora Payne, makes list of fast-growing women-owned firms

WCC member Becky Blades releases new book, hosts sold out book launch 

Becky Blades

Do Your Laundry or You'll Die Alone: Advice Your Mom Would Give if She Thought You were Listening blends bite-sized morsels of coming-of-age common sense such as "Keep at least one stuffed animal," and "A bad attitude makes your butt look big," with tiny essays on topics like forgiveness and phone etiquette. A book launch was held on April 2nd.


Listen to Steve Kraske interview Becky about her new book on KCUR


Purchase Becky's book at Rainy Day Books
MU School of Law Selects Polsinelli's Cortney Mendenhall for Top Honor


Courtney Mendenhall, a member of Women's Capital Connection, was chosen for Distinguished Recent Graduate Award and was honored April 25, 2014 at the MU School of Law. 


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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 


ePublishing Workshop  

May 22, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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Pitching to Investors Workshop  

May 29, 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

Study is step in getting more women on Kansas City boards, commissions  


The Women's Foundation of Greater Kansas City released results of a study that looked at barriers to women serving on public boards. The study, conducted by the University of Kansas, found that many women don't believe they have the expertise needed, believe they won't be asked to serve, and want support and training in order to effectively serve on public bodies. Brian Kaberline covers this story more in the Kansas City Business Journal.

Where women entrepreneurs can find support in Kansas City  


The KCUR Central Standard host Gina Kaufmann chats with Women's Capital Connection network manager, Kelly Pruneau, Hilary Brown, founder and CEO of Hilary's Eat Well, and Michele Markey, vice president of FastTrac, Kauffman Foundation 

Listen to the broadcast


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

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