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Financing Your Small Business - Session Cancelled

**This session has been cancelled - contact Brande Stitt to schedule a one-on-one appointment**

Wednesday, January 20

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 AltCap, Hispanic Economic Development Corporation, 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.  You'll also learn about the loan products available through area microlenders and how to apply.

Registration is free.  To register contact Brande Stitt at (913) 492-5922.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Understanding the Language of Business - Part One in Series

Tuesday, February 2  from 1:00 to 4:00pm

Women's Business Center, 4220 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 350B, Fairway, KS

For existing entrepreneurs needing to listen, learn and act on their businesses financials.

 

Understanding the Language of Business, a three-hour interactive workshop, is designed to teach you how to ‘talk’ with your business. After all, you don’t want to be clueless on what your business is trying to tell you. Is it saying, “I’m healthy” or “I’m sick”? Accounting is the language of business, and, just like any foreign language, it takes practice to learn to read, speak, write and understand that language.

In Understanding the Language of Business workshop, participants:

  • Learn why is it important to understand and interpret the financial statements in your business
  • Discover what is an income statement and why is it important
  • Understand, what a cash flow statement is and why is it important
  • Discuss how can the balance sheet show your company’s worth
  • Discover other types of financial statements you may encounter
  • Master valuable questions to ask before making any decision based on financial-statement numbers
  • Discuss ways to improve profitability and financial performance

*  This course introduces participants to reading and understand financial statements.

 

Cost is $50 - Register Online.


 

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 February 9 and February 23 from 6:00-7:30pm.

Classes are hosted on the following dates and times:

    Saturday, February 27, 8:30am-3:30pm
    Tuesday, March 1, 6:00-9:00pm
    Tuesday, March 8, 6:00-9:00pm
    Tuesday, March 15, 6:00-9:00pm
    Tuesday, March 22, 6:00-9:00pm
    Tuesday, March 29, 6:00-9:00pm
    Tuesday, April 5, 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.


 

Cash is King - Identifying Key Financial Drivers - Part Two in a Series

Tuesday, February 16 from 1:00 to 4:00pm

Women's Business Center, 4220 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 350B, Fairway, KS

For existing entrepreneurs to learn to track appropriate metrics that will allow them to take action, and enable growth.

Cash Is King: Identifying Key Financial Drivers, a three-hour interactive workshop that lets participants learn how planning helps to unlock cash at every stage of the business, and how each participant’s own decisions affects cash flow and working capital.

The session will also introduce the concept of KPDs. By definition, KPD metrics measure aspects of the business process or value stream that directly affect results or outcomes. If KPDs are actionable and monitored in a timely manner, they can be used to make operational decisions and drive actions that can positively impact business outcomes.

Facilitated by a certified FastTrac Facilitator, the workshop guides participants through a process of concept introduction, facilitated simulation, and application to their own business.

In a Cash Is King: Identifying Key Financial Drivers workshop, participants:

  • Examine the importance (and cost) of cash
  • Understand the difference between profit and cash and why you should care
  • Formulate your businesses cash conversion cycle
  • Learn what KPDs are and why they are important
  • Identify what KPDs are critical to their business, to assist in reaching business goals
  • Understand how KPDs impact KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)
  • Understand what is relevant (and what is not) when using metrics
  • Discuss ways to improve profitability and financial performance

* This course assumes the participant can read and understand financial statements.

Cost is $50 - Register Online


 

Financing Your Small Business

Wednesday, February 17

4:00-5:00pm

Location:  AltCap, 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 a microloan or contractor loan. 

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 area microlenders, the loan products they offer and what you need to do to prepare for the loan application. 

Registration is requested.  Contact Brande Stitt at (913) 492-5922 to register.

 

 


 

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

February 23 - April 26, 2016

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.
 


 

SBA Financing for the Small Business Owner

Wednesday, February 24

9:00 - 11:00 am

Location:  SBA KC District Office, 1000 Walnut, Suite 500, KCMO

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.


 

Operational Strategies for Profitability - Part Three in a Series

Tuesday, March 15  from 1:00 to 4:00pm

Women's Business Center, 4220 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 350B, Fairway, KS

For existing entrepreneurs to implement KPIs, Benchmarking, and SMART processes into their growth strategy.

 

Operational Strategies for Profitability, a three-hour interactive workshop, teaches participants how strategic, operating and financing decisions drive value creation. The program combines conceptual training in operational strategy with the immediate opportunity to apply concepts to their own business.

Facilitated by a certified FastTrac Facilitator, the workshop guides participants through a process of concept introduction, facilitated simulation and application to their own business.

In an Operational Strategies for Profitability workshop, participants:

  • Examine how profit is really made
  • Introduces the SMART strategic management system
  • Learn how strategic direction affects daily operations
  • Formulate internal processes to move numbers in the right direction
  • Identify benchmarking techniques to assist in reaching business goals
  • Learn how the SMART process makes metric analysis easy and accessible to everyone on your team
  • Develop action plans to fully utilize their KPIs
  • Explore how to improve communication between departments to increase efficiency
  • See how to ‘divide and conquer’ costs in a way that will bring maximum impact to the bottom-line
  • Explore why critical success factors are self-fulfilling

* This course assumes the participant can read and understand financial statements.

Cost is $50 - Register Online