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Financing Your Small Business - KCMO

Wednesday, April 23


Location:  KCMO CDE, 1900 Vine, 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?

You may be a candidate for the Kansas City Regional Microloan Program, co-sponsored by Justine PETERSEN and the Women's Business Center of the OneKC for Women Alliance with support from the KCMO CDE.

Microloan Program features:

  • Microloans between $500 and $50,000 (average size loan = $8,000)
  • Interest rates between 8-12%, terms up to 72 months

Attend a free informational seminar to learn more about the program and what you need to do to preapre for the loan application.

Click to register by email or call (816) 216-1851 ext. 111.

April SmartConnectKC Coffee

8:30 - 9:45AM
April 25, 2014

1818 Wyandotte, Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64108
Fast4Ward your networking with SmartConnect!
In April, SmartConnectKC will be at ej4 in Crossroads District of Kansas City.  Learn new ways to enhance your business peformance by joining us this month.
SmartConnectKC is where you'll find plenty of business networkers, like you. It's the best hour and fifteen minutes of networking you'll spend all month. Personalize your networking experience at ej4.
Hope to see you there!

Luann Feehan, Business Mixologist, SmartConnectKC


Registration:  Cost is $10.  To register contact Pam Thomas at (816) 595-2398 or click below to pay online.


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A special thank you to our official SmartConnectKC sponsors:



NAWBO-KC Monthly Meeting

What's in the Future for KC?

Whichever side of the state line your business is on...what's going on in the Metro is important to your business.


Tuesday, May 13


Location:  Brio on the Plaza, 502 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO

Join the NAWBO-Kansas City chapter for a panel discussion with:

"The 2 Mayors" - Mayor Sly James (KCMO) and Mayor/CEO Mark Holland (KCK)

The format will be open discussion and will include topics specific to women business owners and some of the issues we face.  Bring your questions, concerns and ideas and let's talk!

  • What does the future hold with regard to business growth and impact?
  • What initiatives are going on that can positively promote women business owners?
  • What are some conracting changes you would like to see?
  • What policies are positively or negatively impacting your business?

For more information visit the NAWBO-KC site.  Full dinner menu options that include salad and dessert.  Members and guests encouraged to register online.


Minority and Women-Owned Business EXPO 2014

Wednesday, May 14

9:00am - 1:00pm

Location:  MCC-Business & Technology Campus, 1775 Universal Ave., Kansas City, MO

The Human Resource and Purchasing Departments of Metropolitan Community College, in partnership with Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council, hosts a Minority and Women-Owned Business outreach event.  The EXPO is designed for M/WBE to showcase your products and services, meet procurement officers from public and private sector and network with other entrepreneurs.

This event is FREE and open to the public.  Exhibit space is limited and will be reserved on a first come first served basis.  M/WBEs interested in exhibiting should contact Chris Kelly at (816) 604-1106 to reserve your space now.

OneKC for Women, the Women's Business Center and Women's Capital Connection proudly support and look forward to participating in the MWBE Expo.


Athena League Vox - May

Unlocking the Economic Power of Women

Thursday, May 15


Location:  Polsinelli Law Firm, 900 W. 48th St., Kansas City, MO

Athena League Vox will be co-hosting the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions program Women's Forum with a cocktail hour following programming from 7:00-8:00pm.  We are very excited to bring in a national speaker and expert on women's professional development, diversity and gender dynamics in the workplace.  Dr. Reeves generally speaks about empowerment and gender issues in business, specifically, how women can neutralize challenges in the workplace and how they can do so in ways that are true to their authentic selves.  Dr. Reeves has a new book coming out along these lines and her team has done extensive research on these topics.

In addition to Dr. Reeves presentation will be a panel discussion from leading women business leaders including:

  • Carol Hallquist, Hallmark
  • Mi-Ai Parish, The Kansas City Star
  • one more to be named

Registration:  There is no cost to attend.  To register visit the Athena League website.


Small Business Workshop & Resource Fair

Thursday, May 22


Location:  Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council, 3700 Woodland, Kansas City, MO 64109

Join us for a workshop and resource fair hosted in the Ivanhoe Neighborhood community of Kansas City.


The one hour workshop will provide attendees with an understanding of credit and financial health and availability of financing in our community with special emphasis on the Kansas City Regional Microloan Fund.

Resource Fair

At the conclusion of the workshop, prospective and existing business owners will have access to a host of business organizations that can provide relevant assistance including:

  • Startup information
  • Industry specific consultants to arrange for counseling services or classes
  • KCMO business license assistance
  • Loan opportunities

The event is FREE and open to the public.  Space is limited and registration is recommended.  To register, contact Jennifer Presberry.  Light refreshments and door prizes will be provided.


Financing Your Small Business

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

4:00-5:15 pm

Location:  Women's Business Center, 8527 Bluejacket, Lenexa, KS

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 Justine PETERSEN, NetWork Kansas and the Women's Business Center.

  • Kansas City Regional Microloan Fund - provides small dollar loans to entrepreneurs who cannot receive a traditional bank loan
  • 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.

Registration is free.  To register contact Brande Stitt at (913) 492-5922.








BIG Breakfast

Thursday, June 12

7:30 - 9:00am

Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO

Nourish your body and mind at Thinking Bigger Business Media's quarterly BIG Breakfast.  You'll network with business owners and hear from a panel of Kansas City entrepreneurs featured on the cover of Thinking Bigger Magazine. 

Registration:  Cost to attend is $20 and includes breakfast. 
Visit Thinking Bigger Business Media to register online.

The Women's Business Center is proud to sponsor the BIG Breakfast series.



Operation First Step FastTrac

Do you dream of owning a business?  Are you looking for help getting started?  Operation First Step FastTrac can help you turn your dream into a reality.

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

Attendance at a free orientation is required to apply for these classes.  Orientations will be held on August 26 and September 9 from 6:00-7:30pm.

Classes are hosted on the following dates and times:

    Saturday, Sept. 20, 8:30am-3:30pm
    Tuesday, Sept. 23, 6:00-9:00pm
    Tuesday, Sept. 30, 6:00-9:00pm
    Tuesday, Oct. 7, 6:00-9:00pm
    Tuesday, Oct. 14, 6:00-9:00pm
    Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6:00-9:00pm
    Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6:00-9:00pm

All classes are hosted at the UMKC Innovation Center, 4747 Troost, Room 114, Kansas City, MO.

Cost is $75 (must meet low-to-moderate income guidelines).

Click for more information on Operation First Step FastTrac.  Contact Judy Bumpus at (816) 786-3959 to enroll.


FastTrac New Venture for Women

You have an innovative idea for a business, but you're not sure how and where to start in assessing your options.  FastTrac New Venture helps you define and evaluate your business concept.  Through research, in-class activities, guest speakers who are subject matter experts, peer-to-peer interaction and facilitated discussions, each entrepreneur works on the key aspects of starting or refining her business venture.

This program is a 10-week training course.  

Classes are hosted on the following dates:

Tuesdays from 6:00-9:00pm on

October 7, October 14, October 21, October 28, November 4, November 11, November 18, November 25, December 2 and December 9

Classes are hosted at the Women's Business Center, 8527 Bluejacket, Lenexa, KS

Cost is $550 which includes facilitation, curriculum book and meals.

Visit the FastTrac New Venture page for more information.  Contact Brande Stitt at (913) 492-5922 to get signed up.