August / 8 / 2016
GUILDit Birthday Bash Panel - Making Money in the Arts      
Thursday, August 11
Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway, Kansas City, MO


Celebrate GUILDit's 1-year birthday celebration with a special panel discussion on making money in the arts.



Free to attend.  For more information visit GUILDit

SBA Financing for the Small Business Owner     
Wednesday, August 17
SBA District Office, 1000 Walnut, Suite 500, Kansas City, MO

Join the SBA for an informational session on the SBA's loan programs and services. 



Cost to attend is free.  RSVP to Robbie Moore at (816) 426-4933 .

The Marketing Series Workshops    

Time:  11:00am - 12:30pm 
Location:  Sprint Accelerator, 210 W. 19th Terr., Kansas City, MO 
Cost to attend is $15.  Click on the links above to register online.
NAWBO-KC:  Accessing Capital in KC      

Tuesday, August 30

Lead Bank in the Crossroads, 1801 Main St., Kansas City, MO

Hear from Kelly Pruneau, Network Manager of the Women's Capital Connection, about debt and equity capital available to women-owned businesses in Kansas City.

Cost is free thanks to sponsorship by Lead Bank but registration is required - register online.


Operation First Step FastTrac    

A 7 week business planning curriculum that will help you identify if your business idea is feasible and give you the tools you need to build a successful program.  This course is specifically targeted to low-to-moderate income individuals.

Orientations will be hosted on August 30 & September 6

Classes will be held September 20 - November 1



Tuesdays from 6:00-9:00pm


All classes are hosted at 4747 Troost, Kansas City, MO.


Cost to attend is $75.  Click for more information or contact Judy Bumpus at (913) 492-5922.

BIG Breakfast    


Friday, September 16     


Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO     


Nourish your body and mind at the BIG Breakfast.  You'll network with business owners and hear from a panel of KC entrepreneurs featured on the cover of Thinking Bigger Business Media.  Panelists include:

  • Steve Holle, KC Bier Co.
  • Hailee Bland-Walsh, City Gym
  • Fred Merrill, Jr., Merrill Companies


Cost is $20 and includes breakfast - register online.

Financing Your Small Business    

Tuesday, September 20
Women's Business Center, 4220 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 350B, Fairway, KS 

Do you need a loan to start and grow your small business?  Unable to get a traditional loan?  Attend this informational session to learn about the various microloan products available to small businesses in Kansas City.  You'll also learn about the importance of personal credit to your business and how to build credit. 

Microloans are loans ranging from $500 - $50,000 intended for clients who are not yet bankable. 

There is no cost to attend but registration is required.  Contact Brande Stitt at (913) 492-5922 to register.
KC Women's Golf Clinic    

Golfers of all skill levels, including someone who has never picked up the club, are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Attendees will be grouped with others of the same skill level so the learning experience is comfortable and fun for everyone.  Each group will have their own LPGA or PGA female teaching professional for the entire day!  The 2015 KC Women's Golf Clinic was thoroughly enjoyed and was the first time this unique experience had been offered in Kansas City.  Our Mission is to promote women's health and wellness through the game of golf and encourage new females to participate in the game.  The proceeds from the event will go to support the Women's Business Center and WIN for KC.

Date:  Monday, October 3   
Time:  7:45am-5:30pm
Location:  Shadow Glen Golf Course
Cost to $400 per attendee.  Visit the KC Women's Golf Clinic for the full day schedule and details for registration.

Sponsorships are also available for companies interested in supporting this event.  Contact Sally Krystyn at for more information.
FastTrac New Venture for Women   


You have an innovative idea for a business but you're unsure how and where to start.  FastTrac New Venture will help you define and evaluate your business concept while developing a business plan.  Participants will receive research, in-class activities, guest speakers, peer-to-peer interaction and facilitated discussion.



Classes hosted on Tuesdays from 6:00-9:00pm at the Women's Business Center in Fairway


October 4 - December 6 


$550 fee includes your curriculum book, online templates, facilitation and light meals


Visit the WBC site for more information.  To enroll contact Brande Stitt at (913) 492-5922. 

In This Issue
Client & Partner News
Melissa Roberts NextGen Leader 2016
Congratulations to Melissa Roberts, Marketing Director for the ECJC, on being selected as an up-and-coming leader in KC as one of the 2016 NextGen Leaders

Kansas City Business Journal
Startup Across America Day
Congressman Kevin Yoder (R-KS) joined the ECJC for a special panel discussion as part of Startup Across America Day.  Pictured above (L to R): ECJC President & CEO George Hansen, Congressman Yoder, and Kelly Pruneau, Network Manager for the Women's Capital Connection.
NEWS from the Women's Business Center

WE-Lend Microloan Funds Available to Women-Led Businesses 


Are you looking for a loan between $2,500 - $25,000 for your business?  The WBC's WE-Lend microloan fund provides small loans to women-led businesses who are struggling to receive a traditional loan for their business.  These loans are ideal for women who may have low credit scores, a small amount of collateral or who are just starting out in business. 

If you're interested in learning more about the WE-Lend microloan or are ready to apply, contact Brande Stitt at (913) 492-5922.

MO IDEA Fund Deadline August 24 


The Missouri Technology Corporation is accepting applications for its IDEA commercialization funds through August 24.  The funds are designed to help science and technology firms that are translating discoveries into new products and services.  The funds are designed as co-investment programs and the applicant must have already lined up matching private investment money.

Visit the MTC site for more information and details to apply. 

25 Under 25 Nominations Open 
Nominations for the 2017 25 Under 25 Awards are now open.  Hosted by Thinking Bigger Business Media, the 25 Under 25 Awards recognize small businesses in the Kansas City metro for their significant role in the economy.  Nominees must employ fewer than 25 full time employees (or full-time equivalent), operate a for-profit business for three years or more and be located in the Kansas City metro.  Nominations will be accepted through September 30.  Nominate outstanding small businesses (or your small business) today!

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




The Women's Business Center is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.