November / 5 / 2014
Pitching to Investors 

Learn what investors need to know and want to see before making an investment in a start-up.

Date:  Thurs., November 6  

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.

NAWBO-KC Monthly Meeting  


Tuesday, November 11 

11:30am - 1:30pm 

The New YaYa's Euro Bistro, 7021 W. 135th St, Overland Park, KS     


Attend this special luncheon recognizing NAWBO past presidents.  The guest speaker will be Crystal Arredondo, NAWBO National Chair elect.  Hear the new initiatives at NAWBO National and how they can help you grow your business! 


For more information visit NAWBO-KC.  

Behind the Curtain:  Getting Funded in KC 


Tuesday, November 18 


Sprint Accelerator, 210 W. 19th Terr., Kansas City, MO      


Getting funded and making investments that pay in Kansas City can be confusing.  Join us for a definitive discussion on what you need to know at every stage of the process to get Big deals done. 


Co-hosted by the Enterprise Center of Johnson County, Mid-America Angels, Women's Capital Connection, Sprint Accelerator and Twenty30CEO.

Cost to attend is free.  Click to register online.
Success Stories for Women Entrepreneurs  

Wednesday, November 19


Kauffman Labs, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO   


Kauffman FastTrac has designed this special GEW event for women who are starting or growing businesses.  The lunch event will feature a short presentation and roundtable discussions on marketing, negotiations, finance, legal issues and more.  


Cost is $5 to attend and includes lunch.  Space is limited so online registration is required by November 12.   

Financing Your Small Business 


Wednesday, November 19 


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.

Athena League Vox 

Wednesday, November 19


Polsinelli Conference Center, 900 W. 48th Pl., Kansas City, MO  


Join Athena League during GEW featuring award-winning digital media innovator and bestselling author Sarah Granger.   


Cost is $5 but WBC friends may register for FREE using the code VOXNOV14.    


For more information and to register visit Athena League.  

Introduction to Angel Investing  

Thursday, December 4

11:00am - 1:00pm

Enterprise Center of Johnson County, 8527 Bluejacket, Lenexa, KS

Thinking about becoming an angel investor or an entrepreneur looking for a better understanding of angel funding?  Learn about the typical angel investor characteristics and requirements, why angels are one of the best sources of early stage capital, what angels want in an investment, how the process works and more.



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

In This Issue
Client & Partner News
Rania Anderson announces launch of new book and campaign to help women
Undeterred: The Six Success Habits of Women in Emerging Markets is the first career advice book written specifically for ambitious, educated women in emerging societies.  She has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help 100,000 women in emerging countries to pursue their dreams.
Starr Women's Hall of Fame announces inaugural class of inductees
Seven exceptional metropolitan women have been selected for the inaugural class of inductees to the Starr Women's Hall of Fame.  Inductees include:
  • Marjorie Powell Allen
  • Kay Barnes
  • Myra Christopher
  • Adele Hall
  • Shirley Bush Helzberg
  • Dorothy H. Johnson
  • Martha Jane Phillips Starr

These women will be celebrated at a luncheon on March 13.  For more information visit Starr Women's Hall of Fame.  


Craig Safety Technologies signs deal with NY company
Founded in 1998 by Brenda Craig, Craig Safety Technologies has formed a business alliance with Forward Thinking Systems in New York.


 Thinking Bigger Business Media 

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


November 13 - Growth Hacking


November 20 - Tough Tech Choices:  Picking Tools to Help Your Business Grow 




NEWS from the Women's Business Center

Global Entrepreneurship Week - KC  


November 17 - 23, 2014

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) - founded by the Kauffman Foundation - is the world's largest celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.  With more than 70 events planned for Kansas City there's something for everyone.  We're highlighting a few events that might be of interest to clients of the Women's Business Center. 

November 14 - Startup Weekend Kansas City

November 17 - GEW-KC Kick-Off Rally

November 18 - Behind the Curtain:  Getting Funded in KC

November 19 - eKC Explained 2014

November 19 - Success Strategies for Women Entrepreneurs

November 19 - Financing Your Small Business

Visit KCSourceLink for the full schedule of events!

Small Business Celebration Nominations Deadline Nov. 21  


Do you know a local small business deserving of recognition?  Consider nominating them for the Greater Kansas City Chamber's Small Business Celebration.  Each year the KC Chamber recognizes small businesses throughout the metro for their business growth, investment in employees and commitment to the community.

This is a great opportunity for you to recognize your small business clients, partners, vendors...and don't forget to nominate your own business.

Visit KC Chamber for more information and to start making your nominations.  Don't forget to nominate by November 21!

SBA National Small Business Week Award Nominations Open 


Nominations for the U.S. Small Business Administration's 2015 National Small Business Week Awards, including Small Business Person of the Year, are now being accepted at

There are more than 10 awards categories (including Women's Business Center of Excellence Awards - wink,wink) to choose from.  Award guidelines and nomination forms are all available on the SBA website.  All nominations must be submitted by 2:00pm on January 5 either online or through the Kansas City district office at 1000 Walnut, Suite 500, Kansas City, MO 64105.

FastTrac New Venture for Women - New Start Date - January 13


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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