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Certification 101 - Understanding the Certification Maze

Tuesday, August 8

8:30 - 10:30 am

Location:  Women's Business Center, 4220 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Suite 350B, Fairway, KS

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) of certification.  You'll hear learn about certification from the State of Kansas and the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).  Rhonda Harris, Minority & Women-Owned Business Director for the state of Kansas, will provide an overview of certifications available through the state and a deep dive into completing the application.  Ann DeAngelo, Associate Director WBE Certification for the WBDC's Kansas City office, will provide an overview of the WBENC certification and the application process.

Cost is $15 - Click to Register Online.  Contact Brande Stitt at (913) 492-5922 to register.






How to Leverage Your WBE Certification

Tuesday, August 22


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

If you are a Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certified women business enterprise (WBE) looking to escalate the growth of your business this is definitely for you!

The facilitator, Ann DeAngelo with Women's Business Development Center-Kansas City, will provide you with valuable information about leveraging your certification to gain access to opportunities with major corporations. Topics include:

·        Understanding how to build relationships with supplier diversity managers;

·        Navigating the corporate procurement process; and

·        “Lessons learned” shared by WBEs who have successfully secured contracts as a result of leveraging their WBE certification


While this session specificially targets WBENC certified WBEs, the content is relevant for any certified WBE or company considering getting certified as a WBE.


Cost:  Free for WBENC certified WBEs.  $15 for companies not certified by WBENC.  Register online.


Launch U

Do you dream of owning a business?  Are you looking for help getting started?  Launch U (formerly known as Operation First Step FastTrac) can help you turn your dream into a reality.

Launch U 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 August 28 and September 11 from 6:00-7:30pm.

Classes are hosted on the following dates and times:

    Saturday, September 16, 8:30am-3:30pm
    Monday, September 18, 6:00-9:00pm
    Monday, September 25, 6:00-9:00pm
    Monday, October 2, 6:00-9:00pm
    Monday, October 9, 6:00-9:00pm
    Monday, October 16, 6:00-9:00pm
    Monday, October 23, 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 Launch U.  Contact Judy Bumpus at (913) 492-5922 to enroll.


Financing Your Small Business

Wednesday, September 13

4:00-5:15 pm

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?

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.

  • AltCap - Diversified Contractors Growth Fund provides loans for M/WBE certified contractors and ArtCap provides loans for artists and businesses in creative industries
  • Justine PETERSEN - provides small dollar loans to entrepreneurs who cannot receive a traditional bank loan along with credit building loans
  • 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.

No cost to attend but registration is requested - click to registerContact Brande Stitt at (913) 492-5922 with any questions.