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Digital Sandbox KC provides early-stage proof-of-concept support for digital products.

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ScaleUP! Kansas City helps businesses with revenues around $200K scale toward their first $1 million.

Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers helps local businesses obtain government contracts.

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Women Entrepreneurs and #GEWKC

Kristin Kenney, Polsinelli and Athena League

With more than 100 events on the Global Entrepreneurship Week calendar in Kansas City alone, there’s something for every type of entrepreneur, whether you’re launching a startup, scaling an established business or rocking a women-led enterprise.

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You can filter all our events, entrepreneur success stories and tips by your entrepreneurial type—innovation-led, microenterprise, second stage, Main Street and startup—and we’ll serve you up with the events and tips specially for where you are in your businesses life cycle.

Here are the events during #GEWKC specifically for women entrepreneurs. Note the full day of events on Thurs., Nov. 19, globally recognized as Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. (Follow @Womenseday and hashtag #WomenWOW or #WEDO20150.) And gentlemen, don’t be bashful. Most events are open to all and are great opportunities to learn and network.

Click on the session titles to learn more or to register.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

SBA Financing 101!
You will learn:

  • What is an SBA Loan?
  • What types of SBA Loans are available? Where can I find SBA-funded micro-loans?
  • Is my business eligible for a SBA loan?  How bankable am I?
  • To whom do I apply for an SBA loan?
  • What other resources are available to help me in obtain financing?

KCK Women's Chamber Luncheon
Keynote Speaker is Alicia Hooks, director Workforce Development at Kansas City, Kansas Community College. Special guests include students from USD 500 interested in being entrepreneurs.

Thursday, Nov. 19

Women's Entrepreneurship Day: Ask the Experts
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day: Ask the Experts, will provide opportunities for women entrepreneurs to ask questions and glean advice from Kansas City experts in a wide variety of fields. The event will also provide access to local resources that women entrepreneurs can tap into for assistance from startup through growth. Topics will include:

  • Legal
  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Funding a small business
  • Human Resources
  • Opportunities for coworking and office space

Athena League VOX
Join Athena League to hear from Erika Klotz, co-founder and CEO of PopBookings, and Laura Steward, founder of Video Fizz and 2015 PIPELINE Fellow. Erika and Laura will discuss their recent experience in the 2015 LaunchKC competition and how Kansas City thus far has been a launchpad for their ever-growing success. Erika, who founded the "Uber of event planning," and Laura, who is changing the way we create and share videos, will also talk about how they stay ahead of the technology curve to innovate and scale their businesses.

Women in Entrepreneurship Panel
Kansas City is experiencing unbelievable momentum in the entrepreneur, startup and innovation space. Join this panel discussion featuring highly accomplished female entrepreneurs representing diverse industries who call Kansas City home. Stay for a networking reception afterwards.  Register quickly as space is limited and will fill up quickly.

Resources for Women Entrepreneurs

Below are just a sampling of women-focused resources that help women entrepreneurs increase their influence and impact. Whether you’re looking for networking opportunity, a FastTrac class, a roundtable of like-minded peers or other opportunities to start or grow your women-led business, our Resource Partners, these and the 230+ in our network, are ready to help.

Athena League  
serves as a catalyst to foster and empower aspiring and established female entrepreneurs by providing them with the support and community necessary to succeed.

Central Exchange 
is a preeminent membership organization in the Kansas City area which provides the venue and voice for women seeking to reach their full personal and professional potential.

Kansas Department of Commerce, Office of Minority & Women Business Development
promotes business development with a focus on minority-owned and women-owned businesses.

KCK Women's Chamber of Commerce
promotes the strengths of women and their contributions in leadership roles.

Missouri Women's Council at Missouri Department of Economic Development
promotes the economic success of Missouri women by connecting them to information and resources.

National Association of Women Business Owners
is the only national organization specifically for women business owners that strives to stimulate business and economic opportunity for local, national and international women entrepreneurs.

OneKC for Women
is an umbrella alliance that helps women find the resources, opportunities and connections needed to advance employment opportunities, start a business, grow a business or receive guidance and support in overcoming barriers to success.

By working together as OneKC for Women, these three partner organizations can better achieve a common goal:  empowering women to achieve financial independence.

Women’s Employment Network
is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to assist women in raising their self-esteem and achieving economic independence through sustained employment.

Women’s Business Center
provides training, mentoring, networking opportunities and business consulting to help women start & grow their businesses. Just this past year, they announced a new microloan program, WE-Lend, which provides loans of up to $25,000 for existing businesses, including loans for startups, with a special emphasis on women-owned businesses.

Women’s Capital Connection
is a regional network of accredited angel investors dedicated to identifying and funding the most promising start-up business opportunities in the region.



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