August / 7 / 2015
Women's Business Center Open House 

NAWBO-KC Monthly Meeting  


Tuesday, Aug. 11    


Brio Tuscan Grille, 502 Nichols Road, Kansas City, MO      


Join NAWBO for a panel discussion on how to use the tools you have to ignite your sales and marketing strategies. 


For more information visit   NAWBO-KC.  Cost is $35 for members and $45 for guests. 

Protecting Your Intellectual Property    

Lightning strikes--you've got a great idea! But protecting your idea to ensure your company profits from your work can be a long and confusing process. 

Join Amy Brozenic of Lathrop and Gage for an overview of the basics of protecting your intellectual property and guidance on how and where to start. 

Date:  Thurs., Aug. 13  

Time:  10:30am - 12:00pm 

Location:  Enterprise Center in Johnson County, 4220 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 350B, Fairway, KS  


Cost to attend is $15.  Click to register online.

Diverse Business Best Practices    

Thursday, August 13
8:30am - 12:00pm
Deluxe Corporation, 16505 W. 115th St., Lenexa, KS

Most businesses fall short of achieving their growth objectives for revenue and profitability.  Hear from Ruby McCleary, Director of Supplier Diversity from United Airlines as she presents her unique insights to diverse business owners on hos to implement "Best Practices" strategies to successfully meet corporate client supplier diversity business objectives.

This session is being hosted as a pre-conference workshop for the Women's Business Development Center, a certifying agent for the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), and hosted in partnership with the Midwest Women's Business Enterprise National Council. 

Cost to attend is free.  Click to register online.



The Importance of Bonding and Rapport   
Participants will learn the importance of understanding how people communicate with the different behavioral styles so that the salesperson can adapt to the prospect's preferred styles.This will allow the participant to focus on the prospect and build a more trusting relationship.

Date:  Thurs., Aug. 20    

Time:  10:30am - 12:00pm 

Location:  Enterprise Center in Johnson County, 4220 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 350B, Fairway, KS  


Cost to attend is $15.  Click to register online.

Financing Your Small Business   


Wednesday, August 26   


KCMO CDE, 3200 Wayne, Kansas City, MO     


Join us for an information session on credit building and learn more about alternative sources of lending such as microloan funding. 


The session is free.  To register email the KCMO CDE.

Brand Positioning 

Brand Positioning is a psychological phenomenon that exposes the singular idea or concept that a company owns inside the mind of a prospect.  A company's brand position dictates every functional characteristic of a company including its culture, target market, messaging and all business decisions.  This presentation discusses the critical elements of a brand position, its impact on business decision making and how to create a powerful brand position.

Date:  Thurs., Aug. 27     

Time:  10:30am - 12:00pm 

Location:  Enterprise Center in Johnson County, 4220 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 350B, Fairway, KS  


$15 registration fee -  register online.  

In This Issue
Client & Partner News
2015 NextGen Leaders
Christine Murray, Director of Policy and Programs for the KC Chamber, was announced as one of the Business Journal's 2015 class of NextGen Leaders.
ScaleUP Participants Selected
Seventeen companies were selected to participate in second round of the ScaleUP! program, a collaboration between the U.S. Small Business Administration and UMKC.  Congratulations to the WBC clients selected:
  • Sharon Auck, Fresh Approach Cleaning Professionals
  • Sharon Kwon, Korean Restaurant Sobahn
  • Patrice Manuel, P/Strada
Patients Voices Receives Key Funding
Mary Kay O'Connor, founder of PatientsVoices, recently received key funding to help develop a working prototype of her software.  She received $150,000 NSF grant and $100,000 credit from Google.  PatientsVoices' software helps hospitals use data from patient feedback to better improve client experience.

Kansas City Business Journal



NEWS from the Women's Business Center

Join us for our Open House on August 27! 


 The Women's Business Center and Women's Capital Connection are partnering up with the Athena League to host an open house reception at our new office space.  Join us for appetizers, cocktails and networking on August 27 from 5:30-7:30pm.  If you haven't visited us since our move in May, now is your chance!  Registration is available online through Athena League's eventbrite page. 

25 Under 25 Nominations Open 


Nominations for the 15th annual 25 Under 25 awards are now open.  Companies with fewer than 25 employees operating a for-profit business in the greater Kansas City region are eligible for the award.  Self-nominations are encouraged as well!  Visit Thinking Bigger Business Media to make your nominations online.  Award recipients will be announced in mid-December and honored at the Awards Gala on February 27.

Congress Expands 7(a) Lending Program Limits 


Demand for 7(a) loans soared over the last few months, pushing the program to its dollar limit of $18.75 billion.  A recent vote by Congress has allowed the U.S. Small Business Administration to continue to operate the program with a new lending cap of $23.5 billion.  This expansions allows small business owners the opportunity to access much needed capital to start and grow their businesses.

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.