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SBA Certification Programs Could Mean BIG Business

Thursday, August 20

9:00am - 11:00 pm

Location:  SBA Kansas City District office, 1000 Walnut, Suite 500, Kansas City, MO 64106*

There's a SBA certification program that could give your business a big jump in snagging federal government contracts - and they can help you take advantage of it.  The 8(a) Business Development Program, HUBZone and WOSB Contracting programs are SBA's certification programs.  If you're a small business owner interested in making the federal goverment one of your next customers, you can greatly benefit from obtaining these certifications.

Registration:  Cost to attend is free.  Space is limited so registration is required.  To register, contact Barbara Caldwell at (816) 426-4902.

*Validated parking will be available at 1025 Main Street Garage.



Financing Your Small Business

Wednesday, August 26


Location:  Kansas City, Missouri CDE, 3200 Wayne Ave., 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 this informational seminar to learn more about the program and what you need to do to prepare for the loan application. 

Registration is requested.  To register, email the KCMO CDE.




Women's Business Center Open House


SBA Financing for the Small Business Owner

Wednesday, September 16

9:00 - 11:00 am

Location:  SBA Kansas City District Office, 1000 Walnut, Suite 500, Kansas City, MO

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.


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 September 1 and September 8 from 6:00-7:30pm.

Classes are hosted on the following dates and times:

    Saturday, September 19, 8:30am-3:30pm
    Tuesday, September 22, 6:00-9:00pm
    Tuesday, September 29, 6:00-9:00pm
    Tuesday, October 6, 6:00-9:00pm
    Tuesday, October 13, 6:00-9:00pm
    Tuesday, October 20, 6:00-9:00pm
    Tuesday, October 27, 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.


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

September 29 - December 1

Classes are hosted at the Women's Business Center, 4220 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 350B, Fairway, 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.