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NAWBO-KC Monthly Meeting

Legally Mine - Stop Lawsuits - Lower Taxes

Tuesday, August 12


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

Join NAWBO-KC for the August monthly meeting.

Over 94% of lawsuits worldwide are filed in the United States and business owners are the major targets.  Living your dream makes you a high-risk candidate for attack from a trial attorney and his or her clients.  However, no attorney will file a lawsuit unless there are assets to obtain through the suite.  Learn how to protect yourself, your family and 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.  Cost is $35 for members and $45 for guests.



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.


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.








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.