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Regulatory Fairness Forum for Small Business

Monday, August 25


United States Federal Courthouse, Western District of Missouri, 400 E. 9th St. (4th Floor Training Room), Kansas City, MO

This Small Business Forum will facilitate a dialogue on federal regulatory issues impacting small businesses and highlight resources available to small business owners from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the SBA's Office of the National Ombudsman.

National Ombudsman Brian Castro will host a conversation with Kansas City area small business owners and other representatives of the small business community.  The National Ombudsman holds Regulatory Fairness roundtables across the country to give small business owners a means to comment on unfair enforcement actions, government audits, and excessive fines or regulations. The Ombudsman directs specific issues raised by participants to the appropriate federal agency for a high-level fairness review, and works across government ot address those concerns, reduce regulatory burdens and help small business.

RSVP to Barbara Caldwell at (816) 426-4902 or Robbie Moore at (816) 426-4900 no later than Friday, August 18.


Financing Your Small Business - KCMO

Wednesday, August 27


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.

August SmartConnectKC Coffee

8:30 - 9:45AM
August 29, 2014


Regional Police Academy

6801 NE Pleasant Valley Rd.

Kansas City, MO 64119


You have the right to remain connected with SmartConnect!

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. Find out how much fun networking can be at the Police Academy!

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:




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.


Introduction to Angel Investing Workshop

Thursday, September 4

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Price: $35.00

Are you thinking about becoming an angel investor?  Or are you an entrepreneur looking for funding who needs a better understanding of how angels and angel groups operate?  If so, then this workshop is for you.

Learn about typical angel investor characteristics and requirements, why angels are the best source of early stage capital, what angels want and need in an investment, how the investment process works, why it works best in a group setting, what it takes to be successful and more.  Angel investing can be exciting, challenging, lucrative and daunting all at the same time.  For investors, this workshop will help you assess whether angel investing is a good fit for your portfolio.  For entrepreneurs, it will help you better understand how the process works and why it is a good way to raise capital.

This workshop is presented by Rick Vaughn. Rick is the VP of Business Development at the Enterprise Center of Johnson County. Rick is also the Managing Director of the Mid-America Angels, a Kansas City angel group that has made 49+ investments totaling over $12 million in regional early stage companies. 

Lunch will be provided.

Find out more information and how to register



NAWBO-KC Monthly Meeting

Match Maker, Match Maker - Business Matchmaking Ultimate Connections

Tuesday, September 16


Location:  First National Center, 6201 College Blvd., First Floor, Overland Park, KS

Join NAWBO-KC for a special monthly meeting in September.

Got an issue you need to solve?  A product you need to purchase?  Got a good or service to provide?  The NAWBO program, Business Matching, will be a fun way to introduce your business to others in the room.  An action-packed, informative and promotional evening for everyone in the room.  Sign up early and NAWBO will create the platform on which you can promote you!

For more information visit the NAWBO-KC site. Due to the nature of the event and movement around the room, heavy hors d'oeurves will be served.  Members and guests encouraged to register online.  Cost is $35 for members and $45 for guests.



Athena League Vox - September

Unlocking the Economic Power of Women

Thursday, September 18


Location:  Central Exchange, 1020 Central St., Kansas City, MO

Join Athena League for its September Vox where speakers include Linda Buchner, President and Co-Founder of MINDDRIVE, and Alicia Herald, Founder/CEO of myEDmatch and a 2014 PIPELINE Fellow.  These inspirational female entrepreneurs will discuss what it takes to build a successful company, while making a huge impact on communities and industries. For more information about our speakers, please visit our website

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


Financing Your Small Business

Wednesday, September 24, 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, September 25

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. 

The third quarter panelists include:

  • Herb Farnsworth, HEPACART
  • Nilson Goes, Infinite Energy Construction
  • Brandy McCombs, International Builders and Consultants
  • Robert Cutler, C3 // Creative Customer Concepts

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.



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.