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NAWBO-KC Meeting:  Accessing Capital in KC

NAWBO Meeting

Tuesday, August 30


Location:  Lead Bank in the Crossroads, 1801 Main St., Kansas City, MO

Join NAWBO for an informational meeting on Accessing Capital in Kansas City with featured speaker Kelly Pruneau, Network Manager for the Women's Capital Connection.  Kelly will address debt and equity funding available for women and minority owned businesses in Kansas City.

For more information visit the NAWBO-KC site. There is no cost to attend thanks to sponsorship by Lead Bank but registration is required.



BIG Breakfast

Friday, September 16

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 first quarter panelists include:

  • Steve Holle, KC Bier Co.
  • Hailee Bland-Walsh, City Gym
  • Fred Merrill Jr., Merrill Companies

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.



Rightfully Sewn Fashion Forward

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 August 30 and September 6 from 6:00-7:30pm.

Classes are hosted on the following dates and times:

    Tuesday, September 20, 6:00-9:00pm
    Saturday, September 24, 8:30am-3:30pm
    Tuesday, September 27, 6:00-9:00pm
    Tuesday, October 4, 6:00-9:00pm
    Tuesday, October 18, 6:00-9:00pm
    Tuesday, October 25, 6:00-9:00pm
    Tuesday, November 1, 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.


Financing Your Small Business

Tuesday, September 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.









KC Women's Golf Clinic

October 3

7:45am - 5:30pm

Shadow Glen Golf Course

No Matter Your Skill Level, This clinic is for YOU!




Golfers of all skill levels, including someone who has never picked up the club, are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Attendees will be grouped with others of the same skill level so the learning experience is comfortable and fun for everyone.  Each group will have their own LPGA or PGA female teaching professional for the entire day!  The 2015 KC Women's Golf Clinic was thoroughly enjoyed and was the first time this unique experience had been offered in Kansas City.  Our Mission is to promote women's health and wellness through the game of golf and encourage new females to participate in the game.  The proceeds from the event will go to support the Women's Business Center and WIN for KC.  A portion of the entry fees and sponsorships will be tax deductible.

Cost per attendee is $400 and includes:

  • Breakfast, lunch and networking reception
  • Personalized small group instruction with LPGA or PGA female teaching professional on all aspects of the game including putting, chipping, pitching, full swing, on course strategy, rules and etiquette, and health and wellness
  • On course instruction with friendly competitions and prizes
  • Complimentary gift bag including a shirt and hat or visor
  • Personal assessment and plan for improvement from your teaching professional
  • A chance to play a KC premier golf course, Shadow Glen
  • Coupon for merchandise at the Shadow Glen Golf Shop
  • Raffle & Silent Auction - proceeds go directly to charities

Schedule for the day:

7:45am - Registration begins, Arrive by 8:00am

8:00-8:30am - Breakfast - Get to know your teaching professionals & opening remarks

8:30-8:50am - Health & Wellness Activitiy - Get your body moving with Janine Young from Elite Golf and Fitness on the range - 10 exercises  in 10 minutes

9:00am-12:15pm - Instructional Stations and On Course Play

12:15-1:15pm - Lunch with Keynote Speaker

1:00-4:15pm - Instructional Stations and On Course Play

4:30-5:30pm - Networking reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks

Visit the KC Golf Clinic website for more information and to register.  Or contact Sally Krystyn at golfwithsally@gmail.com.








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

October 4 - December 6, 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.


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