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SBA Financing for the Small Business Owner

Wednesday, June 3

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.


NAWBO-KC Monthly Meeting - What do lenders look at when applying for a loan?

NAWBO Meeting

Tuesday, June 9

5:30 - 8:00 pm

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

Whether you are just starting your business or looking to grow, banks and lending institutions can be rigorous in their lending review process.  Monica Dahl, Business Banking Manager for Arvest Bank, will discuss what lenders look for when they review your loan and tips to successfully navigate the loan review process.

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, June 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:

  • Jeff Blackwood, ABPathfinder
  • Callie England, Rawxies
  • Lisa Sackuvich,ARJ Infusion Services
  • Dr. Michelle Robin, Your Wellness Connection

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.


SBA Certification Programs Could Mean BIG Business

Thursday, June 18

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.



Certification 101 - Understanding the Certification Maze

Thursday, July 16

8:30 - 10:30 am

Location:  The Chamber's Board Room, 30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO

Have you considered getting your business certified as a WBE or MBE but not sure how to start?  Certification can help you leverage your marketing efforts as you seek out government and corporate contracts.  But the path to certification can seem overwhelming.

Join us for an informational workshop where we'll discuss the benefits of certification (so you can decide if it's even right for you), introduce you to some of the certifying agencies and provide you with an overview of the certification process.  You'll hear from one successful MBE/WBE who will share the impact that certification has had on the growth of her business.  We'll have guest speakers from the following certifying agencies:

  • City of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Kansas Department of Commerce
  • Missouri Office of Equal Opportunity
  • Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and Midwest Women's Business Enterprise Council

This workshop is hosted in partnership with the KC Chamber of Commerce.


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.