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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

March 14 - May 16, 2017

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.


Certification 101 - Understanding the Certification Maze

Wednesday, March 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.






Financing Your Small Business

Wednesday, March 8

4:00-5:15 pm

Location:  AltCap, 3200 Wayne Avenue, Kansas City, MO (Robert J. Mohart Multipurpose Center)

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.









Primed for Growth:  Basic Business Financial Management

March 14 - April 5

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

Primed for Growth teaches business owners about basic business financial management in an easy-to-understand format.  The goal is to provide you with necessary information and tools that will allow you to make strategic financial decisions so they are able to grow and expand your business into sustainable and profitable enterprises.  This program is designed to give you answers to some of the most common questions about the main areas of business management, including budgeting and financial planning, filing taxes, accessing credit and securing insurance.  These answers represent what you need to know and understand about day-to-day financial operations and the implications for your business.

Overall Objective:  By the end of this program, participants will understand the financial nuances of their businesses so that they:

               1.  Can create a strategic financial action plan for sustainability, growth and profit

               2.  Are better positioned to access capital for their business

               3.  Can increase their chances of being approved for micro and small-business loans


Primed for Growth Schedule:

March 14, 8:30-10:30am

  • Basic Financial Management for Your Business
  • Assessing the Financial Health of Your Business

March 21, 8:30-10:30am

  • Budgeting and Financial Planning
  • Financial Impact of Hiring

March 28, 8:30-10:30am

  • Risk Management and Insurance
  • Business Tax Basics

April 5, 8:30-10:30am

  • Credit and Capital
  • Applying for a Microloan or Small Business Loan

The curriculum is structured so that you may choose to attend all four sessions or pick only the one(s) most applicable. 

Cost per session is $25 or you may register for all 4 sessions at a discounted rate of $75.  Click to register or contact Judy Bumpus at (913) 492-5922 for more information.


How to Leverage Your WBE Certification

Tuesday, March 28


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, Cynthia Johnson, Women’s Business Development Center, Director of Established Business Services and a former WBE 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.