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SBA Certification Programs Could Mean BIG Business

Thursday, September 17

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.



Athena League

Unlocking the Economic Power of Women

Thursday, September 17

9:00 - 10:30am

Location:  The Board Room at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO


Hear about two women revolutionizing the health industry.  Speakers include Hailee Bland-Walsh, founder and owner of City Gym, and Jill Minton, founder of t.Loft and 2015 Pipeline fellow.

For more information about our speakers, please visit our website

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


SBA Financing for the Small Business Owner

Wednesday, September 23

9:00 - 11:00 am

Location:  SBTDC, 3003 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, MO 64506

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.


BIG Breakfast

Thursday, September 24

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:

  • Belinda Waggoner, hr-haven
  • Jill Minton, t.Loft
  • Tim Harmon, Harmon Construction
  • Amber Arnett-Beqeaith, Full Moon Productions

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.


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.


Financing Your Small Business

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

4:00-5:15 pm

Location:  Women's Business Center, 4220 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Suite 350B, Fairway, 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
  • WE-Lend Microloan - microloans for women-led businesses
  • 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.