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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:

 

 

 

 


 

NAWBO-KC Monthly Meeting

NAWBO Noticed Past Presidents

Tuesday, November 11

11:30am-1:30pm

Location:  The New YaYa's Euro Bistro, 7021 W. 135th St., Overland Park, KS

Attend this special luncheon recognizing NAWBO past presidents.  The guest speaker will be Crystal Arredondo, NAWBO National Chair elect.  Hear the new initiatives at NAWBO National and how they can help you grow your business!  Make time for your business in ways that inspire and engage!

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

 


 

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. 


 

Global Entrepreneurship Week - KC

 

November 17 - 23, 2014

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) - founded by the Kauffman Foundation - is the world's largest celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. 

 

With more than 70 events planned for Kansas City there's something for everyone.  We've identified a few events that might be of interest to clients of the Women's Business Center.  For a full schedule visit the calendar at KCSourceLink.

November 14 - Startup Weekend Kansas City

November 17 - GEW-KC Kick-Off Rally

November 18 - Behind the Curtain:  Getting Funded in KC

November 19 - eKC Explained 2014

November 19 - Success Strategies for Women Entrepreneurs

November 19 - Financing Your Small Business



 

Behind the Curtain:  Getting Funded in KC (Venture Lounge)

Entrepreneurs.  Capital.  Cocktails.

Tuesday, November 18

Time:  6:00 - 8:00pm

Location: Sprint Accelerator, 210 W. 19th Terr., Kansas City, MO

Getting funded and making investments that pay in Kansas City can be a confusing and frustrating process.  Join us for a definitive discussion on what you need to know at every stage of the process to get BIG deals done.

The Enterprise Center of Johnson County, Mid-America Angels and Women's Capital Connection are excited to bring together entrepreneurs and early-stage capital influencers for this free event featuring cocktails, light appetizers, networking and a straight talk discussion with the people that can make big deals happen.

Co-hosts:

  • Enterprise Center of Johnson County
  • Mid-America Angels
  • Women's Capital Connection
  • Sprint Accelerator
  • Twenty30CEO

Sponsor by 1102 Grand

Cost to attend is free.  Register online.

 

 

 

 


 

Success Strategies for Women Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, November 19

12:30 - 2:30 pm

Location:  Kauffman Labs, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO

Female entrepreneurship takes center stage on Women's Entrepreneurship Day (WED), as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.  The day is an opportunity to celebrate, engage and empower female entrepreneurs as part of the larger global entrepreneurship celebration.

Kauffman FastTrac has designed this event for women who are starting or growing businesses.  The lunch event will feature a short presentation and roundtable discussion on marketing, negotiations, finance, legal issues and more. 

Cost is $5 to attend and includes lunch.  Space is limited so online registration is required by November 12.


 

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.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Athena League Vox - November

Unlocking the Economic Power of Women

Wednesday, November 19

6:00-8:00pm

Location:  Polsinelli Conference Center, 900 W. 48th Pl., Kansas City, MO

Join Athena League for its November Vox hosted during Global Entrepreneurship Week featuring award-winning digital media innovator and bestselling author Sarah Granger.  Her technology and media career started in the Silicon Prairie when she launched her first online bulletin board as a teen in the Kansas City area.  With more than 25 years of experience in launching, building and growing technology media ventures, she wrote The Digital Mystique:  How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life - Online and Off, which was published in September by Seal Press.

For more information about our speakers, please visit our website

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


 

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:

 

 

 

 


 

 

Financing Your Small Business - KCMO

Wednesday, December 17

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.


 

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.