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NAWBO-KC Monthly Meeting

NAWBO Holiday Gathering supporting the Women's Employment Network

Tuesday, December 9


Location:  Trezo Mare, 4105 Mulberry Dr., Kansas City, MO

Attend the NAWBO-KC holiday party!  The party will support the Women's Employment Network and welcome Board members of WEN along with a WEN graduate.  Two gift baksets will be auctioned as a benefit for WEN - a Romantic Weekend Getaway basket and a Get Fit for the Year basket. 

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



BIG Breakfast

Thursday, December 11

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 fourth quarter panelists include:

  • Damian Garcia, Dark Horse Distillery
  • Micah LaCerte, Hitch Fit
  • Mike Simmons, Quality Air Solutions
  • Bo Fishback, Zaarly

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.


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?


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:







Financing Your Small Business - KCMO

Wednesday, December 17


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.


Athena League Vox - November

Unlocking the Economic Power of Women

Thursday, December 18


Location:  TBD

Details coming.

For more information about our speakers, please visit our website

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


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.


Financing Your Small Business

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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.