March / 1 / 2017
The Capital Series Workshop     

Time:  11:00am - 1:00pm 
Location:  ECJC, 4220 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 350B, Fairway, KS
Cost to attend is $35.  Click on the links above to register online.
Certification 101           

Wednesday, March 8

Women's Business Center, 4220 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Suite 350B, Fairway, KS

Have you considered getting your business certified as a WBE or MBE but not sure how to start?  Certification can help you leverage your marketing efforts as you seek out government and corporate contracts.  But the path to certification can seem overwhelming.

Join us for an informational workshop where we'll discuss the benefits of certification (so you can decide if it's even right for you) of certification.  You'll hear learn about certification from the State of Kansas and the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).  Rhonda Harris, Minority & Women-Owned Business Director for the state of Kansas, will provide an overview of certifications available through the state and a deep dive into completing the application.  Ann DeAngelo, Associate Director WBE Certification for the WBDC's Kansas City office, will provide an overview of the WBENC certification and the application process.

Cost is $15 - Click to Register Online.  Contact Brande Stitt at (913) 492-5922 to register

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.
Financing Your Small Business           

checkbook-pen.jpg Wednesday, March 8
AltCap, Robert J. Mohart Multipurpose Center, 3200 Wayne Ave., Kansas City, MO

Need a loan to help start or grow your business?  Unable to get a traditional bank loan due to start-up status, small size of loan or credit issues?
Attend a free informational session to learn about several programs designed to help fund small businesses.  You'll hear from community partners AltCap, Hispanic Economic Development Corporation, Justine PETERSEN, NetWork Kansas and the Women's Business Center.
  • AltCap - Diversified Contractors Growth Fund provides loans for M/WBE certified contractors and ArtCap provides loans for artists and businesses in creative industries
  • Justine PETERSEN - provides small dollar loans to entrepreneurs who cannot receive a traditional bank loan along with credit building loans
  • WE-Lend Microloan - microloans for women-led businesses
  • StartUp Kansas - provides gap funding to help entrepreneurs start or grow a business in Kansas
You'll learn about resources that can help you prepare your business to seek funding and implement your business plan.  You'll also learn about the loan products available through area microlenders and how to apply.
No cost to attend but registration is requested - click to register.  Contact   Brande Stitt at (913) 492-5922 with any questions.

HAM-Bingo with WEN            

Primed for Growth            

Primed for Growth teaches business owners and basic financial management in an easy-to-understand format.

Hosted at the Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO

March 14, 8:30-10:30am
  • Basic Financial Management for Your Business
  • Assessing the Financial Health of Your Business
March 21, 8:30-10:30am
  • Budgeting and Financial Planning
  • Financial Impact of Hiring
March 28, 8:30-10:30am
  • Risk Management and Insurance
  • Business Tax Basics
April 5, 8:30-10:30am
  • Credit and Capital
  • Applying for a Microloan or Small Business Loan
The curriculum is structured so that you may choose to attend all four sessions or pick only the one(s) most applicable.  Register Online for all four sessions for $75 or individual sessions for $25/session. 

Contact Judy Bumpus with any questions.

Primed for Growth is hosted in collaboration with the Kauffman Foundation and AltCap.

NAWBO-KC Business Troubleshooting       

Tuesday, March 14

Women's Business Center, 4220 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Suite 350B, Fairway, KS

NAWBO's greatest benefit is that you get to pick the brains of the savviest business women in the nation! Of course Kansas City is chock full of female go-getters ready to have ideas, issues, and questions bounced right off of 'em! Be sure to make this month'sTrouble Shooting Round Table! We promise you'll walk away with new nuggets of knowledge!

Meetings start promptly at 8 a.m. and end promptly at 9.00 a.m. Arrive early or stay after for pre- / post-meeting networking.

**Members are FREE; message NAWBO on FACEBOOK for this month's member access code before you register!** Guests are welcome, $15. Click HERE to register.
FastTrac New Venture for Women   


There's still time to register - new dates announced

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


March 14 - May 16    


$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. 

The Sales Series Workshop     

Time:  11:00am - 12:30pm 
Location:  Enterprise Center, 4220 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Suite 350B, Fairway, KS
Cost to attend is $15.  Click on the links above to register online.
The Foundation Series Workshop     

Time:  11:00am - 12:30pm 
Location:  Village Square, 4436 State Line Rd., Kansas City, KS
Cost to attend is $15.  Click on the links above to register online.
BIG Breakfast  


Thursday, March 23       


Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Rd., 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:


  • Erlinda Rjhai-Aydulun, MindLift
  • Don Peterson, Infusion Express
  • Angela Hurt, Veracity
  • Christina Scott, Shamerrific

Cost is $25 and includes breakfast.  Register online



How to Leverage Your WBENC Certification            

Tuesday, March 28

Women's Business Center, 4220 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Suite 350B, Fairway, KS

If you are a Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certified women business enterprise (WBE) looking to escalate the growth of your business this is definitely for you!
The facilitator, Cynthia Johnson, Women's Business Development Center, Director of Established Business Services and a former WBE will provide you with valuable information about leveraging your certification to gain access to opportunities with major corporations. Topics include:
  • Understanding how to build relationships with supplier diversity managers;
  • Navigating the corporate procurement process; and
  • "Lessons learned" shared by WBEs who have successfully secured contracts as a result of leveraging their WBE certification

While this session is specific to WBENC certified WBE's please note that any certified WBE or aspiring WBE can benefit from this session. 


Cost is free for WBENC certified WBEs or $15 for companies not certified by WBENC - Click to Register Online.  Contact Brande Stitt at (913) 492-5922 to register

In This Issue
NEWS from the Women's Business Center

Join the Women's Business Center on Facebook  


The Women's Business Center is now on Facebook!  We'll be posting articles of interest to women businesses owners, updates on WBC clients and WBC events.  Please click to visit the new Women's Business Center Facebook page and be sure to like and follow us.

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.

Women's Employment Network Gears Up for Annual Luncheon  

Join us for WEN's 2017 luncheon on Tuesday, April 4th from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. Find out what makes our graduates STRONGER. Help us celebrate women overcoming adversity and charting new paths toward career success and financial independence. The Luncheon will be Co-Chaired by Lisa Ginter, Chief Executive Officer of CommunityAmerica Credit Union and Angela Hurt, President of Veracity Consulting, Inc. State Street will be honored with the 2017 Beth K. Smith Award because of their outstanding dedication incredible commitment to WEN and our mission.
Now more than ever, WEN needs your support. Funds raised through our luncheon our vital to help ensure that women in our community receive the training and support services they need to gain self-sufficiency for themselves and the families that depend on them. Sponsorships begin at $1,500 and come with a table for ten and special recognition. Table Hosts are also welcome! Individual tickets are $100 and can be purchased here.
For more information or to become a sponsor, please email Nicole Levy or call 816-595-1297.

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.