July / 6 / 2015
Venture Lounge   

Investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders from across Kansas City rub elbows at Venture Lounge.  Join us for cocktails and discussion.

Date:  Wed., July 8  

Time:  4:30 - 6:30pm 

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


Cost to attend is free but registration is requested - register online.

Financial Resources for Artists  


Wednesday, July 8  


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


Join us for an information session on financing options for artists and learn more about the microloan fund from Justine PETERSEN 


The session is free.  To register email Andres.Chaurand@kcmo.org.

Preparing for Due Diligence  

Learn the key elements of due diligence and how to present your documentation in an investor-friendly manner.

Date:  Thurs., July 9   

Time:  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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


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

SEO Made Easy    

Learn the basics of search engine optimization and how to make sure your site is at the top of online search results.

Date:  Thurs., July 16    

Time:  10:30am - 12:00pm 

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


$15 registration fee - register online.  

NAWBO-KC Monthly Meeting  


Tuesday, July 14   

11:30am - 1:30pm 

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


Attend the NAWBO mastermind series on human resources in the trenches, a roundtable format where you'll learn from other business owners. 


For more information visit  NAWBO-KC.  

Certification 101 Workshop   

Thursday, July 16
KC Chamber Board Room, 30 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO

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:
  • State of Missouri
  • State of Kansas
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)


The session will also feature Lenora Payne, CEO of Technology Group Solutions, to share her story of the impact of certification on her business. 


$15 registration fee.  Clients of the Women's Business Center should contact Kate Kershaw for special pricing.



Measuring Social Media ROI     

Learn how to effectively plan, target and measure social ads and what you should do before you spend a single dollar.

Date:  Thurs., July 23

Time:  10:30am - 12:00pm 

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


$15 registration fee - register online.  

Athena League Vox 

Thursday, July 23


Village Square, 4436 State Line Road, Kansas City, KS    


Join Athena League in July featuring Callie England, founder and CEO of Rawxies, and Sacha Nana, founder of Neva Wear. 


Cost is $5.   


For more information and to register visit  Athena League.  

In This Issue
Client & Partner News
MEDiAHEAD tops list of Fastest Growing Companies
Kathryn McDaniel, CEO of MEDiAHEAD, tops the Kansas City Business Journal's Fastest Growing Companies.  
Wendy Guillies select as Kauffman Foundation CEO
After serving as acting CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, Wendy Guillies was selected to officially take on the CEO role.  Guillies previously served as Vice President of Communications and has been extremely active in the Kansas City community.

Technology Group Solutions on list of 50 Fastest Growing Women-Led Businesses
Lenora Payne, President of TGS, was ranked No. 29 of the Fastest Growing Women-Led Businesses by the Women's President Organization.



NEWS from the Women's Business Center

KCSourceLink Entrepreneurial Survey 


KCSourceLink has received funding to complete a survey to help develop a broad picture of entrepreneurship in the Kansas City region, especially as it relates to entrepreneurial connectivity.  The results will help to evaluate how Kansas City compares to other regions and improve services such as access to capital for business owners.  WBC clients are encouraged to participate by completing the online survey to ensure that women-owned businesses are fully represented in the data.  The survey deadline is July 17.

U.S. Meets Overall Contracting Goals for Small Business  


The U.S. Small Business Administration released a report of contracting goals and spend for all federal agencies.  The report indicates that all agencies spent 23% of contracting dollars with small businesses.  However, still fell short when it comes to working with women-led businesses.  The goal for contracting with women-led businesses is 5% and agencies final total of spend was 4.68%.    You may access the full list of contracting results here, broken down by agency.

City of Kansas City, MO Announces New Funding Pilot for Artists 


 The City of Kansas City, MO, in collaboration with the Economic Development Corporation and tthe AdvanceKC Arts Industry sector, announced a pilot micro-lending program to assist artists in KC who are looking to grow their creative practices.  Justine PETERSEN has partnered with the city to provide micro-loans to individual artists who are seeking to expand their practice by investing in new equipment, supplies or other business needs.  An informational session will be hosted on July 8.  Read more about this announcement.

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.