October / 5 / 2016
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.
The Budget Series Workshop     

Time:  10:30am - 12:00pm 
Location:  ECJC, 4220 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 350B, Fairway, KS
Cost to attend is $15.  Click on the links above to register online.
NAWBO-KC:  Highlights from the Women's Business Conference       

Tuesday, October 11

Seigfreid Bingham, 2323 Grand Blvd., Suite 1000, Kansas City, MO

This members only roundtable and hear insights from the members who attended the Women's Business Conference.  A light breakfast will be served.

Cost for members is free.  Guests are by invitation only - register online.


FastTrac New Venture for Women   


There's still time to register - a few spaces left!

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


October 11 - December 13  


$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. 

GUILDit Forums       
Thursday, October 13
Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway, Kansas City, MO

Thursday, October 27
Kemper Museum, 4420 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, MO

GUILDit is a gathering that helps craft a stronger Kansas City creative economy, one art entrepreneur at a time. Come hear a variety of artists and makers share their story. Be a part of an audience that shares businesses ideas, resources, and solutions. Connect to Kansas City Art Entrepreneurism, connect at GUILDit.
Free to attend.  For more information visit GUILDit
Fall Job Fair    

Tuesday, October 18
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel, 2345 Grand St., Kansas City, MO 

Make plans to join us for our Fall 2016 Job Fair! Our past events have been extremely successful, with dozens of local companies participating and hundreds of job seekers in attendance at each event. Don't miss out! The October Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, October 18th, from1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. The fair is FREE for all job seekers and there is no need to pre-register. Men and women welcome. To view a list of companies attending and to or to register as a participating employer see the list of participating employers, please click here
The Foundation Series Workshop     

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.
Athena League Birthday Bash        

Thursday, October 20

Big Brothers Big Sisters rooftop, 1709 Walnut, Kansas City, MO

Join Athena League as they celebrate three years of showcasing women in business and entrepreneurs in Kansas City.  Celebrate in style with a dessert bar and champagne toast.

Cost is free but registrations are requested - register online.


Young Friends of WEN Lunch & Learn         

Wednesday, October 26

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

Do you a Game Plan for 2017? Does it include a new job, promotion, entrepreneurship opportunity, marriage and family expansion, or world travel?
Join us and let discover how to make 2017 bigger and better than this year or any year before. Any endeavor in life can be played as a winnable game-- a game that is worth playing. And if a game is worth playing, then it is worth learning a winning strategy.
We will explore how to expand, reframe and renew your thinking around your next BIG move. We will talk about 1) how to determine your next game; 2) how to play more powerfully and intentionally; and 3) how to move forward more quickly and with more confidence. We will also take a look at how this new Game Plan will impact the other important areas of your life.

Register online - $15 (includes lunch), $5 for YFOW members
6th Annual KC's Got Talent   
Thursday, November 10       
Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City, MO      
Join in the fun this year as local corporations compete for bragging rights at WEN's 6th Annual KC's Got Talent.  The event takes is always a big hit, with delicious food and drinks, fun entertainment and a wonderful venue. Most importantly, it's all for a great cause! Enjoy delicious food provided by Webster House and an open bar courtesy of Boulevard Brewing Company and sit back as acts from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Stinson Leonard Street LLP, U.S. Bank, Veracity Consulting, Inc. and more take the stage to compete for three coveted titles and prize packages: Judge's Choice, Donor's Choice and the highest honor, the People's Choice Award!
Most importantly, all proceeds from Kansas City's Got Talent help ensure that WEN continues its vital mission to help women - and the children and families who depend on them - achieve economic independence. 
Click here to become a KCGT Sponsor today or to purchase individual tickets! (Link to KCGT Page) All sponsorship and act information must be submitted by Friday, October 21st. Questions? Please call (816) 595-1297 or email Nicole Levy
BIG Breakfast  


Thursday, December 15      


Grand Street Cafe, 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 to be announced.



In This Issue
NEWS from the Women's Business Center

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.

Applications Open for Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program  
Applications are now open for the second annual Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program.
The yearlong fellowship gives 10 women entrepreneurs a $10,000 business education grant, a trip to the Tory Burch headquarters in New York and the opportunity to pitch for a $100,000 grant investment. You can   apply here through Nov. 10.

Last year, the Tory Burch Foundation received more than 500 fellowship applications and 30 finalists were featured on the foundation's website. After a public vote,   10 women made it into the program.

Women's Capital Connection and Mid-America Angels Celebrate Exit of EyeVerify  
Women's Capital Connection (WCC) and Mid-America Angels investment network (MAA) portfolio company EyeVerify closed a nine-figure deal with Ant Financial, the payments affiliate of Alibaba Group Holding, Ltd. on Monday. This is Ant Financial's first U.S. acquisition.

WCC and MAA members first invested in EyeVerify's 2012, $1.5 million seed round. The group also participated in subsequent Seed, Series A and bridge loan rounds, totaling $2.5 million, $6 million and $3.5 million, respectively. In total, 46 MAA and WCC members injected over $2 million of private capital to help the company refine its prototype, achieve traction and scale business operations over the years.

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.