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Term Sheets:  Structuring the Deal

Thursday, November 5

11:00am - 1:00pm

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


You walk into the room, you give your big pitch, the investors applaud and hand you a check, right? Wrong.

Getting the details of your deal right after the pitch is an essential piece of the investment process. But because it often requires negotiation, it's one of the trickiest to do well. 

In this workshops you'll learn about the terms and conditions commonly used and the structure angel investors prefer when funding early stage entrepreneurs. 

Rick Vaughn


This workshop is presented by Rick Vaughn.

Rick joined the Enterprise Center in January 2006 as Vice President of Business Development, and helped create the Mid-America Angels network, for which he serves as Managing Director. Before joining ECJC, Rick was co-founder and COO of Inventive Play, LLC, a direct marketer of products for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Prior to that, he was general manager of Allied Products, Inc., the start-up gift division of a diversified manufacturing company. 

Rick also has extensive business development and mergers and acquisitions experience from positions he held at Hallmark.com and Hallmark Cards, Inc. 

Registration:  Cost to attend is $35 and includes a boxed lunch.  Register online.

This workshop is co-hosted by:






NAWBO-KC Meeting:  Risk Management - What Should You Cover?

NAWBO Meeting

Tuesday, November 10

11:30am - 1:30pm

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

Join NAWBO for a panel discussion that includes experts in insurance and those who have experienced first hand how insurance can be used to save a busines.  If you've ever wondered if you have enough coverage for you or your business, this discussion is for you.


  • Carol Porter, Haas and Wilkerson
  • Kari Jo Thomann Bear, Thomann Financial
  • Dawn Potts, Lawing Financial

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



Pitching to Investors

Thursday, November 12

6:00 - 8:00pm

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


Please note: This is an evening workshop - pizza and refreshments will be provided. 

Learn about what investors need to know and want to see before making an investment in a start-up--and how to successfully pitch your business to investors when raising capital. 

Michele Weigand Presented by Michele Weigand, Managing Partner of Focused Perspective with over 27 years of Finance and Business Development experience. Michele was the former Chief Investment Officer for KTEC and managed investments for GE Mortgage and GE Reinsurance.


Registration:  Cost to attend is $35 and includes pizza and refreshments.  Register online.

This workshop is co-hosted by:






InnovateHER Business Plan Competition

We are seeking businesses that change women's lives.  Are you up to the challenge?

Does your business have a measureable impact on women's lives?
Do you exhibit the potential for commercialization?
Does your business fill a marketplace need?
Have you been in business 12 months or longer?
If the answer is yes to all of the above questions, then we want to hear your story.

Applications must be submitted by November 11, 2015 at 5pm.

The Kansas City winner will have the chance advance to the national competition.  Up to 10 finalists will have the chance to compete for the top three cash prizes totaling $70,000.

Visit the SBA site for more information on the competition rules.

To submit your application for the Kansas City competition and your chance to win!

Co-Hosted by:




Venture Lounge:  Growing on a Global Scale

Tuesday, November 17

4:00 - 7:00pm

UMKC Bloch School of Management, 5108 Cherry St., KCMO

Free to attend - Register Online

Join angel investors, entrepreneurs and some of Kansas City's most successful business elite at the GEW edition of Venture Lounge. 

Hear from featured speaker David Brain about how he grew EPR Trust, the lessons he learned along the way, and how he's giving back to Kansas CIty. 

About our host: 

The new Entrepreneur Hall of Fame opened last December and is located in the Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation on the UMKC campus. This permanent exhibit celebrates the achievements of men and women who founded or substantially grew a for-profit business; gave back to the community in a meaningful way; and have ties to the Kansas City region.  The Hall features an interactive touchscreen, education kiosks, artifacts and words of inspiration from the Hall of Fame inductees themselves.

Event schedule: 

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.   Cocktails, light hors d'oeuvres, Hall of Fame scavenger hunt

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   Remarks by David Brain

Parking information: 

Free parking is available in the Cherry Street Garage, 50th & Cherry Streets, on levels 5 & 6.


SBA Financing for the Small Business Owner

Wednesday, November 18

9:00 - 11:00 am

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

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.


Athena League

Unlocking the Economic Power of Women

Thursday, November 19

5:30 - 8:00 pm

Location:  Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO


Join Athena League as part of Women's Entrepreneurship Day during Global Entrepreneurship Week for networking fun.  Hear from LaunchKC winners Laura Steward, founder of Video Fizz, and Erika Klotz, co-Founder and CEO of PopBookings.

For more information about our speakers, please visit our website

Registration:  Cost is $5.  To register visit the Athena League site.