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Financing and Protecting Your Small Business - Money Smart Month Edition

Wednesday, April 20

4:00-5:30pm

Location:  Women's Business Center, 4220 Shawnee Mission Parkway, 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?

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. 

This special session is being hosted as part of Money Smart Month and co-hosted by Bank of Blue Valley.  You'll hear special presentations from Bank of Blue Valley on financing from the banker perspective and how to protect your business from identify theft, fraud and ensure stronger online and mobile security.

There is no cost to attend - Register Online.  Or contact Brande Stitt at (913) 492-5922 to register.

 

 

 


 

SBA Financing for the Small Business Owner

Wednesday, April 27

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.


 

Reaching Out to YOU! - 2016 Small Business Week Celebration

Monday, May 2

Time:  9:00am - 3:30pm

Location:  Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Urban Financial Services Coalition (UFSC), Kansas City Kansas Community College, SCORE and the Women's Business Center (WBC) will host a small business event, "Reaching Out to YOU!" in celebration of National Small Business Week.

This event is designed to honor the SBA Small Business Person of the Year and to assist small businesses by connecting them with local resources and networks that may help small businesses start, grow and succeed while creating jobs.

Youw ill hear from a panel of experts on how to access capital.  Several breakout sessions will be offered throughout the day and we want you to be our special guest for the awards luncheon.  Many financial institutions, resource partners and business organizations will be present and they are looking forward to meeting and networking with you.

Breakout Sessions:

  • Financial Education and Credit Reporting
  • Simple Steps to Starting A Business
  • Veterans Outreach
  • Government Contracting
  • Finance Room featuring financial institutions
  • Credit Reporting Room allowing you to check your credit report

Cost to attend is free.  Online registration is required - register today!


 

Understanding the Language of Business - Part One in Series

Wednesday, May 25,  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.


 

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

Wednesday, June 1, 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


 

Operational Strategies for Profitability

Wednesday, June 8,  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