September / 10 / 2015
Athena League VOX    

Thursday, Septem
ber 17
The Board Room at Union Staton, 30 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO

Hear about two women who are revolutionizing the health industry.  Speakers include Hailee Bland-Walsh, founder and owner of City Gym, and Jill Minton, founder of t.Loft and 2015 Pipeline fellow.

Cost is $5 - register online.


Creating a Memorable Brand Experience    
How could you create a memorable experience with your business or product that your customers will always remember? In this workshop we will look at some examples of created experiences, deconstruct them and look to create your own.

Date:  Thurs., Sept. 17 
Time:  10:30am - 12:00pm 
Location:  Enterprise Center in Johnson County, 4220 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 350B, Fairway, KS  
Cost to attend is $15.  Click to register online.

Operation First Step FastTrac    

A 7 week business planning curriculum that will help you identify if your business idea is feasible and give you the tools you need to build a successful program.  This course is specifically targeted to low-to-moderate income individuals.

September 19 - October 27
Tuesdays from 6:00-9:00pm
*first class is Saturday, 8:30am-3:30pm

All classes are hosted at 4747 Troost, Kansas City, MO.


Cost to attend is $75.  Click for more information or contact Judy Bumpus at (816) 786-3959.

SBA Financing for the Small Business Owner     
Wednesday, September 23
SBTDC, 3003 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, MO

Join the SBA for an informational session on the SBA's loan programs and services. 


Cost to attend is free.  RSVP to Robbie Moore at (816) 426-4933 .

BIG Breakfast    


Thursday, September 24    


Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, 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:

  • Belinda Waggoner, hr-haven
  • Jill Minton, t.Loft
  • Tim Harmon, Harmon Construction
  • Amber Arnett-Bequeaith, Full Moon Productions


Cost is $20 and includes breakfast - register online.

Using Google Analytics in the Real World   

Join Kevin Pike for an in-depth explanation of how to set up, monitor and apply the insights of Google Analytics and webmaster tools in simple and impactful ways. Learn how to choose, track and read KPIs and understand if your marketing strategy is making an impact online.  

Date:  Thurs., Sept. 24   
Time:  10:30am - 12:00pm 
Location:  Enterprise Center in Johnson County, 4220 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 350B, Fairway, KS  
Cost to attend is $15.  Click to register online.
FastTrac New Venture for Women   


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-cl  ass 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


September 29 - December 1


$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. 

Gaining Working Capital Without Losing Equity 

Debt financing, especially SBA loans, can be an attractive option for helping business owners access capital. Join us for this Founder Series workshop, presented by Alterra Bank's Jason McKinney--a former entrepreneur who now helps companies navigate the SBA loan process. You'll get tips, tricks and tools (like an example loan application) that can help make your loan process as painless as possible. Then stick around after the presentation for office hours with Jason and his colleagues to get personal feedback and advice on your situation.

Date:  Thurs., Oct. 1    
Time:  4:00-5:00pm 
Location:  Enterprise Center in Johnson County, 4220 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 350B, Fairway, KS  
$5 registration fee - register online
In This Issue
Client & Partner News
Anita Newton New VP at Hallmark
Anita Newton has been named as the new Vice President of Marketing for Hallmark.  Anita is also a 2015 member of the Women Who Mean Business.

Kansas City Business Journal
Your Adoption Finance Coach Launches Kickstarter Campaign
Kelly Ellison with  Your Adoption Finance Coach will host a Kickstarter launch party on September 15 at Snow & Company. 
Grand Opening of Pintervention
WBC client Nancy Duin recently announced the grand opening of her new business, Pintervention, a DIY studio.  The Grand Opening will be hosted on Saturday, September 12, from 4:00-8:00pm with a dessert bar provided by another WBC client, 3 Women and an Oven.


NEWS from the Women's Business Center

Sherry Turner Receives Award from Gov. Jay Nixon  



Sherry Turner, founder of the OneKC for Women alliance, was presented with the Missouri Women's Council Award of Distinction for her dedication in assisting women on their quest to professional, financial and personal self-sufficiency at the 2015 Governor's Conference on Economic Development in St. Louis last week.  Governor Nixon recognized Ms. Turner's impact in our community, along with other outstanding leaders in business, community engagement and economic development.   Read more...

2015 Kansas City Techweek 100 Announced  
Techweek recently announced the 2015 Kansas City Techweek 100 and Women's Capital Connection (WCC) Network Manager, Kelly Sievers Pruneau, makes the list.

The Techweek100 identifies leaders who have made a significant impact on the technology and inn ovation ecosystem in which they operate. The Techweek100 includes leaders of fast-growing tech companies, prominent investors, key enablers of the digital ecosystem, creators of new technologies, and other innovators that make important contributions to their field. 

"Our job is simplified due to the hard work of Network Manager, Kelly Pruneau," said Sherry Turner, founder of OneKC for Women and the Women's Capital Connection. "Kelly helps women entrepreneurs prepare for their investment pitch and makes sure the deal is truly fundable for the investor review. On behalf of every investor in WCC and all of us here at OneKC for Women, we are so proud of Kelly for making the Techweek 100."

We're excited to see so many women on the list.  Congratulations to Kelly and all the Techweek 100 recipients!

KC Chamber Announces ATHENA Award Winners 


The KC Chamber has announced recipients of the 2015 ATHENA Awards to be celebrated at a reception on October 8 at the Westin Crown Center.  Dianne Cleaver, Executive Director of the Urban Neighborhood Initiative will receive the ATHENA Leadership Award.  Sunita Lavin, Project Manager for Garmin, will receive the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award.  For more information about the award recipients and awards reception, visit the KC Chamber.

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.