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SBA Certification Programs Could Mean BIG Business

Thursday, June 18

9:00am - 11:00 pm

Location:  SBA Kansas City District office, 1000 Walnut, Suite 500, Kansas City, MO 64106*

There's a SBA certification program that could give your business a big jump in snagging federal government contracts - and they can help you take advantage of it.  The 8(a) Business Development Program, HUBZone and WOSB Contracting programs are SBA's certification programs.  If you're a small business owner interested in making the federal goverment one of your next customers, you can greatly benefit from obtaining these certifications.

Registration:  Cost to attend is free.  Space is limited so registration is required.  To register, contact Barbara Caldwell at (816) 426-4902.

*Validated parking will be available at 1025 Main Street Garage.



The Marketing Series:  Advertising Online

Thursday, June 18

10:30am - 12:00pm

Enterprise Center in Johnson County, 4220 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Suite 350B, Fairway, KS

Cost is $15 - Register Online

When does it make sense to spend money on digital ads? How do you choose between Google Ad Words and display advertising? 

Join presenter David Barnes for a workshop that can help you make choices about how and when to spend money on digital advertising. Learn about the most common channels for digital ads and a few tips about how to optimize your message for each. 

Don't miss this chance to learn how to get the most out of your digital dollars.



The Brand Series:  Building Your Brand's Voice Through Content Marketing

Thursday, June 25

10:30am - 12:00pm

Enterprise Center in Johnson County, 4220 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Suite 350B, Fairway, KS

Cost is $15 - Register Online

We've all heard about the importance of blogging to help drive traffice to your website. But how can a small business owner find the time to plan write, publish and promote content regularly? 

Join presenter Ryan O'Connell of Influence & Co. to learn how to brainstorm, plan and execute a content marketing campaign, and pick up some tim-saving tips. 


SBA Financing for the Small Business Owner

Wednesday, July 1

9:00 - 11:00 am

Location:  SBA Kansas City District Office, 1000 Walnut, Suite 500, Kansas City, MO

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is loaded with programs and services designed to assist entrepreneurs.  Whether you are just starting a small business or expanding an existing small business, the SBA can help. 

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.

Parking will be available at 1025 Main Street Garage.


The Angel Series:  Preparing for Due Diligence

Thursday, July 9

11:00am - 1:00pm

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

Price:  $35 - Register Online


Your pitch is essential to getting your company noticed by investors--yet entrepreneurs often undermine the momentum of a successful pitch in the next essential step to funding: the due diligence process. How prepared is your company for due diligence?  Are your company documents and their presentation as professional and complete as your pitch? What steps can you be taking now to increase the success and reduce the time, effort and expense of due diligence?

This workshop will cover key elements of the due diligence process, and ways to present your company’s documentation in a professional, investor-friendly manner. Content includes:

  • Review of the essential company documents and take-away guide
  • Legal considerations/do’s and don’ts for entrepreneurs
  • Tips for developing and updating due diligence documents – and avoiding weeks of time, expense and revenue loss for your company
  • Options for investor access to company documents: privacy, ease of use and document presentation considerations


Bob Marsh 

Robert E. Marsh

Bob has been a partner at Corporate Counsel Group LLP since its formation in 1998.  He primarily serves as general counsel for business clients assisting them with a range of legal, strategic management, business, and intellectual property issues.  He also represents clients as transaction counsel in acquisitions, divestitures, licensing, and financing transactions.  Prior to forming Corporate Counsel Group, Bob was a partner at Blackwell Sanders, a Kansas City business law firm. Bob graduated from Northwestern University with a JD and MBA in 1986, after earning an engineering degree at Wichita State University.


Elizabeth Usovicz 

Elizabeth Usovicz

Elizabeth is General Manager of Transaction Commons and a topline revenue strategist and consultant. Over the course of her career she has worked in and with a broad spectrum of companies, including technology, high-growth start-up businesses, Fortune 1000 companies with new business ventures, professional/business services and consumer packaged goods. Elizabeth has significant international experience; she is fluent in French and Spanish, and has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Elizabeth writes “The WhiteSpace Revenue Zone” online column for Thinking Bigger Business Media. She also authors the blog series, “Your Pitch is Just the Beginning” for the Angel Capital Association. 




NAWBO-KC Mastermind Series:  Human Resources in the Trenches

NAWBO Meeting

Tuesday, July 14

11:30am - 1:00pm

Location:  Brio Tuscan Grille, 502 Nichols Road, Kansas City, MO

Learn from the wisdom in the room.  The Mastermind Series involves roundtable discussion with other like-minded business owners.

For more information visit the NAWBO-KC site. Members and guests encouraged to register online.  Cost is $35 for members and $45 for guests.



Certification 101 - Understanding the Certification Maze

Thursday, July 16

8:30 - 10:30 am

Location:  The Chamber's Board Room, 30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO

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), introduce you to some of the certifying agencies and provide you with an overview of the certification process.  You'll hear from successful MBE/WBE Lenora Payne with Technology Group Solutions who will share the impact that certification has had on the growth of her business.  We'll have guest speakers from the following certifying agencies:

  • City of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Kansas Department of Commerce
  • Missouri Office of Equal Opportunity
  • Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and Midwest Women's Business Enterprise Council

Cost is $15 for KC Chamber members to attend.  Click to register online.  Women's Business Center clients may attend for $15 by contacting Kate Kershaw at kershaw@kcchamber.com or (816) 374-5492 (you must mention that you are a WBC client).

This workshop is hosted in partnership with the KC Chamber of Commerce.






The Marketing Series:  SEO Made Easy

Thursday, July 16

10:30am - 12:00pm

Enterprise Center in Johnson County, 4220 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Suite 350B, Fairway, KS

Cost is $15 - Register Online

You can drastically improve your search ranking without spending a dime. 

Join Kansas CIty's top SEO consultant, Phil Singleton, for an explanation of the basics behind SEO, or search engine optimization. Help new customers find your business and learn the simple steps you can take to ensure you beat your competition in search rankings every time. 


Summer Venture Lounge

Thursday, July 18

4:30 - 6:30pm

Enterprise Center in Johnson County, 4220 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Suite 350B, Fairway, KS

Free to attend - Register Online

Investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders from across Kansas Cituy rub elbows at Venture Lounge. 

You're invited to join us at our new location for cocktails and a discussion of Kansas City's capital connections. 

Stay tuned for more information--speakers will be announced soon. 


Financing Your Small Business

Wednesday, August 26


Location:  Kansas City, Missouri CDE, 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?

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 this informational seminar to learn more about the program and what you need to do to prepare for the loan application. 

Registration is requested.  To register, email the KCMO CDE.