January / 12 / 2015
NAWBO-KC Monthly Meeting  


Tuesday, January 13  

11:30am - 1:30pm 

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


Start your New Year with a focus on wellness by attending the next NAWBO meeting.  Guest speaker will be Teri Ackerson, stroke survivor and educator. 


For more information visit NAWBO-KC.  

Valuation of Early Stage Company 

Learn how to determine a reasonable value for your business when negotiating with investors.

Date:  Thurs., January 15  

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.

Athena League Vox 

Thursday, January 15


Centric Projects, 1814 Main, Kansas City, MO   


Join Athena League in January featuring Courtney Kounkel, founder and partner with Centric Projects, and Rosana Privitera Biondo, president of Mark One Electric. 


Cost is $5.   


For more information and to register visit Athena League.  

Financing Your Small Business 


Wednesday, January 28  


Women's Business Center, 8527 Bluejacket, Lenexa, KS   


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, funding programs through NetWork Kansas and other small business funding sources, the impact of credit on your business future and resources that can assist you with growing your business.


To register contact Brande Stitt at (913) 492-5922.

Save the Date - Certification 101 Workshop   

Tuesday, February 10
Women's Business Center, 8527 Bluejacket, Lenexa, KS

If you've been thinking about getting certified but don't know if it's right for your business, don't know who should certify you and just don't know how to get started.  Join us for an informational workshop on the certification benefits and the process to getting certified.  You'll hear from certifying agencies including:
  • City of Kansas City, MO
  • State of Kansas
  • Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)


$15 registration fee.  Visit the WBC to register.  


Plan to attend the February NAWBO-KC meeting hosted at Brio on the Plaza following this workshop. 

In This Issue
Client & Partner News
SouveNEAR launch
FastTrac graduates Tiffany King and Suzanne Southard launched their new business - SouveNEAR - in Terminal B of KCI.  SouveNEAR brings local goods and arts to residents and tourists looking for Kansas City themed gifts.  The first vending machine is located at KCI and additional items can be found at The Nelson-Atkins Museum in KCMO, and Unique Finds and The General Store in Overland Park, KS.
Local 10,000 Small Business Participants
Four Kansas City based women owned businesses recently participated in the 10,000 Small Businesses program.

For more information on the 10,000 Small Businesses program visit their site


Stevie Award Winners
Brenda Craig, Founder and Presiden of Craig Safety, and Kandy Meehan, Founder and President of Home Rental Services, were both announced as recipients of 2014 Stevie Awards for Women in Business.  Click here for more info.



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

Sherry Turner announced as Legacy Award recipient 


Sherry Turner, founder of OneKC for Women, has been selected as the 2015 Entrepreneurial Legacy Award recipient by Thinking Bigger Business Media.  The award is given annually at the 25 Under 25 Awards Gala to a community leader who has made an impact on the small business community in Kansas City.  Read more about Turner and The Legacy Award.

Join us at the 25 Under 25 Awards Gala as we honor Sherry Turner and all of the award recipients.  Click here to purchase your tickets.

Enterprise Center supports new mentorship program - The Power of Two 


The Power of Two is a new KC regional initiative to help emerging businesses with under $1 million in revenues break through to high-growth with the aid of mentoring and a focus on revenues.  The Enterprise Center of Johnson County serves as a sponsor and member of the selection committee and will be highly involved in the selection of mentees and mentors.  Public informational sessions will be hosted soon.  Visit the Power of Two splash page for more information.

InvestMidwest application deadline - January 16 


InvestMidwest is a venture capital conference that features 40+ companies throughout the Midwest in three industry tracks:  life sciences, technology and food/bioenergy.

Over 300 attendees include investors from top venture capital firms.  InvestMidwest will be hosted on April 1-2 at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center.Applications to be a presenting company at the annual InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum is January 16.

Applications to be a presenting company are due by January 16.

Financing Your Small Business roadshow


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.

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

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