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Job Fair  


October 12, 2014


Sheraton Crown Center, Gillham Hall, 2345 McGee, Kansas City, MO     


Make plans to attend the Women's Employment Network job fair with dozens of local companies participating and over 500 participants expected. 

Admission is free for job seekers.  Employer booths are $350.

Visit WEN for more information on how to participate.
NAWBO-KC Monthly Meeting  


October 14, 2014


Brio Tuscan Grille, 502 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO    


Hear Shawn Kinkade of Aspire Business Development present on how to plan for the growth of your business so that you run the business and your business doesn't run you. 


For more information visit NAWBO-KC.  

Athena League Vox 

October 16, 2014


Global Prairie, 1703 Wyandotte, Suite 400, Kansas City, MO 


Join Athena League and hear from two female entrepreneurs who share their stories of building their company with an emphasis on improving quality of life.  Speakers include Anne St. Peter, founder of Global Prairie, and Dr. Lisa Stehno-Bittel, president and co-founder of Likarda, LLC.   


For more information and to register visit Athena League.  

Financing Your Small Business 


October 22, 2014


KCMO CDE, 1900 Vine, Kansas City, MO  


Need a loan to help you start or grow your business?  Attend this free informational session to learn about the Kansas City Regional Microloan program and other non-banking funding sources, the impact of credit on your business future and resources that can assist you with growing your business.


To register contact Shanea McGeehan-Bell at (816) 216-1851 ext. 111.

Women's Certification 101 


October 29, 2014

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Beiger Cartage Service Art Gallery, 2100 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO    


Attend this certification symposium to learn how to determine if certification makes sense for your business, who the certifying agencies are and how the certification process works for each of those agencies.  You'll also hear from a panel of WBEs who've made certification work for their businesses.



Registration is $35 with proceeds benefiting the Women's Foundation of Greater Kansas City.  Click here to register.

This event is sponsored by Arvest Bank, Beiger Cartage Service Inc., The Central Exchange and The Cornerstone Insurance Group.


AWBA - Connecting You and Your Business
October 29, 2014 
Location:  Sheraton Overland Park Hotel, Overland Park, KS

Join the America Women's Business Association (AWBA) for two workshops designed to connect you to your business.


"Business Should Not Be Complicated"


Presented by JJ Ramberg, host of MSNBC's "Your Business".  Cost is $35 per person and includes continental breakfast.


"Listening to Your Business"


Presented by Michele Markey, Vice President of Kauffman's FastTrac.  Cost is $119 per person. 



For more information and to register call (913) 732-1100 or visit AWBA. 


In This Issue
Client & Partner News
Rosana Privitera Biondo selected to head the NWBC


Rosana Privitera Biondo (pictured above with SBA Administrator Maria Contreras Sweet), president of Mark One Electric, was appointed to head the U.S. Small Business Administration's National Women's Business Council.




Gustie Creative Receives "Helping Innovators Thrive" Award

Karen Herman, founder of Gustie Creative, and graduate of the WBC's FastTrac New Venture program is the recipient of the "Helping Innovators Thrive" award from Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP in Southern Florida.
Pitching to Investors 

Learn what investors need to know and want to see before making an investment in a start-up.

Date:  Thurs., November 6  

Time:  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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


$35 registration fee includes lunch. Click to register online.

Kansas City's Got Talent 

November 6, 2014

Location:  Boulevard Brewing Company

Take the stage for a good cause!

That evening up to 12 acts from 12 companies will take the stage to compete for coveted titles and prize packages.  The night will also feature an open bar from Boulevard Brewing Company and delicious food compliments of Houlihan's. 

All proceeds from Kansas City's Got Talent help to ensure that WEN continues it's vital mission to help women - and the children and families who depend on them - achieve economic independence.


Does your company have a talented employee that you'd like to sponsor?  Contact Nicole Levy for information on how you can showcase the performing artist on your team.


Visit WEN for information and to purchase tickets. 

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




NEWS from the Women's Business Center

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Application Deadline 


Are you the owner or co-owner of a business that has been in operation for at least two years?  Does your business have a minimum of $150,000 in revenues?  Do you employee at least 4 people?  Are you passionate about growth? 

If you said yes, then you are eligible to participate in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.  As a participant, you will gain practical business skills to help you take your business to the next level.  In professional workshops, you'll learn from some of the brightest minds in business, learn about access to financial capital, and build a powerful network of professional support.  And, if accepted, program tuition will be at no cost to you!

Application Deadline is October 27 for the Spring 2015 national cohort. 

Business owners from across the United States are welcome to apply.  To learn more visit the 10,000 Small Businesses website or email 10KSB@icic.org.

The current national cohort includes three Kansas City businesses so don't miss your chance to be part of this world class entrepreneur education developed by Babson College.  APPLY TODAY!

FastTrac New Venture for Women - New Start Date - January 13


Do you have a business concept (or two) and need help evaluating the feasibility of your ideas?  Have you already started a business but never really developed a business plan?  FastTrac New Venture can help you build a plan that will help you to launch and grow a successful business.  During this 10 week program, participants will develop a start-up plan that will help them to not only start but succeed in business. 

This curriculum is offered to women-only over the course of 10 weeks.  Each week will cover a new content area of your business plan through facilitated discussion, guest presentations and group discussion.

Classes start on January 13 and will be hosted every Tuesday evening from 6:00-9:00pm through March 17.  Cost is $550 and includes your curriculum book, access to online templates and light meals.

For more information visit the Women's Business Center site or contact Brande Stitt at (913) 492-5922.

25 Under 25 Nominations Due Oct. 14 


Do you know a local small business deserving of recognition?  If they have fewer than 25 employees, have been in business for more than 3 years and are located in the metro then they are eligible for Thinking Bigger Business Media's annual 25 Under 25 Awards.  Nomination deadline is October 14 so make your nominations today!

This is a great opportunity for you to recognize your small business clients, partners, vendors...and don't forget to nominate your own business.

Visit Thinking Bigger Business Media to start making your nominations today!

STEM Entrepreneurship - Are Women on a Level Playing Field? 


The U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy recently released a report on female entrepreneurs in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math).   Some  interesting findings in the report include:
  • Across all STEM fields, female PhDs have lower rates of pursuing patenting and entrepreneurship than do male PhDs
  • Differences in entrepreneurship rates are highest in physics, astronomy and computer science
  • Women are just as likely as men to be entrepreneurs when their first postdoctoral job is in industry

The full report and summary can be found on the Office of Advocacy website

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

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