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NAWBO-KC Monthly Meeting

Do You Own Your Own Business.. or Does Your Business Own You?

Tuesday, October 14

4:30-6:30pm

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

Business growth is a tricky thing.  You've got to have the basics - a quality product that people want or need and effective marketing and sales capabilities to drive that demand through your pipeline.  In order to really take off, you need to address several key factors that will make or break you in the long term.  We'll help you look at your business in a different way and get you focused on the fundamentals - figuring out how people, money and strategy done right can really unlock the potential in your business.  This workshop is presented by Shawn Kinkade, owner of Aspire Business Development, a Kansas City based coaching and consulting firm.

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

 


 

Athena League Vox - October

Unlocking the Economic Power of Women

Thursday, October 16

5:30-7:30pm

Location:  TBD

Join Athena League for its September Vox where speakers include Anne St. Peter, founder of Global Prairie, and Dr. Lisa Stehno-Bittel, co-founder of Likarda.  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 - KCMO

Wednesday, October 22

4:00-5:00pm

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.


 

Women's Certification 101

"Unscramble the Alphabet Soup of Certifications and Open Doors to New Opportunities"

October 29

8:30am - 2:30pm

Location:  Beiger Cartage Service Art Gallery, 2100 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO

Registration fee is $35, with fees donated to the Women's Foundation of Greater Kansas City.  To register visit The Central Exchange.

Sponsored by:  Arvest Bank, Beiger Cartage Service Inc., The Central Exchange and The Cornerstone Insurance Group.


 

ABWA - Connecting You and Your Business
 

October 29

Location:  Sheraton Overland Park Hotel, Overland Park, KS

Join the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) for two workshops designed to connect you to your business.

7:30-10:00am

"Business Should Not be Complicated" presented by JJ Ramberg, host of MSNBC's "Your Business".  Cost is $35 per person and includes continental breakfast.

1:00-5:30pm

"Listening to Your Business" presented by Michele Markey, Vice President of Kauffman FastTrac.  Cost is $119 per person.

For more information and to register call (913) 732-5100 or visit ABWA.


 

Email Marketing:  The Good, the Bad & the Wow!

Thursday, October 30

11:00am - 1:00pm

Location:  Enterprise Center of Johnson County,

8527 Bluejacket, Lenexa, KS

Registration:  $35 - includes lunch.  Click to register online.

Learn 10 things you should always do and 10 things you should never do in this overview of e-mail marketing best practices! Plus, an inside look at extraordinary success stories in e-mail marketing, and how to apply those lessons to engage customers and drive your business. 

 

Jessica is one part massive email and online marketing nerd and one part permission-marketing evangelist. She acts as a strategic consultant and subject matter expert for brands, corporations and nonprofits nationwide. She's spoken for audiences from a dozen to over 300 from Wichita to New York City to SXSW Interactive in Austin. Jessica’s primary role is as speaker, digital marketing evangelist and content marketing manager for emfluence, implementing the best practices she preaches for emfluence’s own marketing strategy.

 


 

Pitching to Investors

Thursday, November 6

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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

 

What are the best strategies to pitch to investors?  Need funding for your business but don't know where to start with your pitch to a potential investor?  Do you know the best strategies to convince investors that you are worth their money while also avoiding obvious pitfalls?  Attend the Pitching to Investors workshop, where you'll learn about these topics and more:

  • Investor Pet Peeves
  • Selling Your Product
  • Market Characteristics
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Does and Don'ts of Financial Slides
  • The Ask and the Leave

Instructor

This workshop will be taught 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 Resinsurance.

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

This workshop is co-hosted by:

 

 

 

 


 

Growth Hacking

Thursday, November 13

11:00am - 1:00pm

Location:  Enterprise Center of Johnson County,

8527 Bluejacket, Lenexa, KS

Registration:  $35 - includes lunch.  Click to register online.

What do Dropbox, AirBNB and Craigslist have in common? They all used growth hacking techniques to grow their businesses. 

Join us at the ECJC to learn about the difference between marketing and growth hacking, how to define goals goals that will help your business grow and chart your progress towards them, and how to run experiments to test what your customers want and need. 

 

Doug Allen 

Doug Allen is a prominent leader in the Kansas City technology community with over 30 years of experience in the Information Services industry. For the past two decades, Doug has served as CIO for Pioneer Financial, JCCC and Franklin Savings & Loan.

He has authored two published books and several personal computer technology courses. He has developed and presented 30 different seminar topics around e-learning technologies, networking software applications and Internet research.

Doug has also served on multiple advisory panels for companies such Microsoft, Compaq, ComputerLand & SCT and currently is a member of the Silicon Prairie Association. 


 

Financing Your Small Business

Wednesday, November 19, 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.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Tough Tech Choices:  Picking Tools to Help Your Business Grow

Thursday, November 20

11:00am - 1:00pm

Location:  Enterprise Center of Johnson County,

8527 Bluejacket, Lenexa, KS

Registration:  $35 - includes lunch.  Click to register online.

Do acronyms like CRM and CMS leave your head spinning? 

Do you want to work more efficiently but don't know which tools to start with? 

Join us at the ECJC to walk through the different essential systems that a business needs to make data-driven decisions--from a website to databases that track customer interactions and purchases. You'll leave with a better understanding of the tech tools you need to grow your business. 

 

Doug Allen 

Doug Allen is a prominent leader in the Kansas City technology community with over 30 years of experience in the Information Services industry. For the past two decades, Doug has served as CIO for Pioneer Financial, JCCC and Franklin Savings & Loan.

He has authored two published books and several personal computer technology courses. He has developed and presented 30 different seminar topics around e-learning technologies, networking software applications and Internet research.

Doug has also served on multiple advisory panels for companies such Microsoft, Compaq, ComputerLand & SCT and currently is a member of the Silicon Prairie Association. 


 

Introduction to Angel Investing Workshop

Thursday, December 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.  Register online.

This workshop is co-hosted by:

 

 

 

 


 

Terms Sheets:  Structuring the Deal

Thursday, December 11

11:00am - 1:00pm

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

Price:  $35

 

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

Wrong.

Getting the details of your deal right after the pitch are an essential piece of the investment proces.  In this workshop, you'll learn about the terms and conditions commonly used and the structure angel investors commonly prefer when funding early stage entrepreneurs. 

About the presenter

Rick Vaughn joined the Enterprise Center of Johnson County in January 2006 as the Vice President of Business Development, and helped establish the Mid-America Angels network, for which he serves as managing director.  Before joining the ECJC, Rick was a 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 startup gift division of a diversified manufacturing company.

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

Cost is $35 and includes a boxed lunch.  Register online.

This event is co-hosted by:

 

 

 

 


 

 

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

January 13 - March 17

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.