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September 2015  

President's Report

September, 2015

September is one of my favorite months of the year.  Though I am always sad to see summer go, the month of September brings the celebration of hard work, some of the best weather in Kansas City, and of course, football!  I am a huge football fan.  My husband and I have season tickets to Kansas State (our alma mater) and we enjoy Sunday afternoons spent watching the Chiefs.   

Every year when football season starts, I think of team building.  I start off wondering if our favorite teams are going to have what it takes this season, but I end up thinking about the teams around me, my Fortiviti team, our NAWBO board, and my home team (my husband and kids).  Just as with a football program, it can take time to build the perfect team and it’s a process.  It can take a while to get the right chemistry, combined with the appropriate skills.  But once you do, it’ amazing what you can accomplish. 

The importance of team building, as well as other important business building techniques will be included in our September speaker’s presentation, “6 Steps to Building Your Business Empire”.  We’re excited to be bringing Allison Maslan, national speaker, author, and 10-time entrepreneur for our speaker series this month!  Allison was named “One of the Top Women Entrepreneurs Who Inspire” by Self Made Magazine and she is coming to Brio next week – don’t miss out! 

As you build the teams around you, I encourage you to be patient.  Building a successful team takes time and effort, but the results are worth it!

As always, should you need anything from me, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Shauna Huntington

shauna@fortiviti.com

(913) 956-1207 x 60

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Monthly Meeting

NAWBO-KC Speaker Series: Building Your Business Empire

Join us in September for our Speaker Series as we host Allison Maslan, national speaker, author and 10-time entrepreneur for “6 Steps to Building Your Business Empire.”  Allison has successfully started and built 10 companies and was named one of the Top Women Entrepreneurs Who Inspire” by Self Made Magazine.  She has created millions in revenue, while gracefully living a healthy and passionate personal life.  Allison will share the necessary steps and strategies to make the shift from growing a company to creating an empire.

 

 

MAKE TIME FOR YOUR BUSINESS IN WAYS THAT INSPIRE AND 

Register Today!

                              

 

                                                                                        

                                                                      

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Corporate Sponsor Highlight

Cornerstone Bank was founded in our president’s basement, just like many other small businesses.  The founders understand the ins and outs of doing business in the Kansas City area.  Today, we remain locally owned and committed to small business banking.  We’re not the bank on every corner.  We’re YOUR Cornerstone Bank.  From simple checking and savings accounts to highly competitive mortgage rates, Cornerstone Bank also has the best banking tools for business including Bank in Your Office, on-line banking, and a dedicated staff whose job is to provide you with the individualized banking service you need---including giving you their personal cell phone number.  Behind the scenes, we look like a big, technology bank, however across the desk we look like your neighbor. 

Michelle Guthrie and Vickie Fastnacht frequently attend meetings; please take a moment to meet them and thank Cornerstone Bank for sponsoring NAWBO KC.  


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NAWBO Nuggets

Books We Love

Wisdom of Crowds

Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations by James Surowiecki

In this business book, New Yorker columnist James Suroweicki examines the idea that a large crowd, no matter each member’s individual intellect, is smarter than a small group of a few who are highly intelligent. A diversity of perspectives, opinions and ideas is more beneficial than high intelligence.

Suroweicki logic disproves what H.L. Mencken once said, that, “No one in this world, so far as I know, has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.” In fact, as he illustrates, the “great masses of the plain people” can offer problem-solving and decision-making skills superior to any one individual.

In developing this idea, Suroweicki delves into fascinating questions, such as:

     
  • Why is the line in which you’re standing always the longest?
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  • Why is it that you can buy a screw anywhere in the world and it will fit a bolt bought 10,000 miles away?
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  • If you had to meet someone in Paris on a specific day but had no way of contacting them, when and where would you meet?
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  • Why are there traffic jams?
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  • What’s the best way to win money on a game show?
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  • What do Hollywood mafia movies have to teach us about why corporations exist?

 

In our NAWBO community, Suroweicki’s notion is proven—when women business owners come together and support one another through friendships, ideas, resources and more, our voice and impact are even stronger.  

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Calendar of Events

NAWBO-KC Speaker Series

NAWBO-KC Speaker Series: Building Your Business Empire

Join us in September for our Speaker Series as we host Allison Maslan, national speaker, author and 10-time entrepreneur for “6 Steps to Building Your Business Empire.”  Allison has successfully started and built 10 companies and was named one of the Top Women Entrepreneurs Who Inspire” by Self Made Magazine.  She has created millions in revenue, while gracefully living a healthy and passionate personal life.  Allison will share the necessary steps and strategies to make the shift from growing a company to creating an empire.

September 8th

Brio Tuscan Grille

502 NIchols Road

Kansas City, MO 66112

11:30-1:00

Register Today!



Wednesday, September 16
 Financing for the Small Business Owner

9:00 - 11:00 am

Location:  SBA Kansas City District Office, 1000 Walnut, Suite 500, Kansas City, MO

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.


BIG Breakfast Series

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Nourish your body and your business at the BIG Breakfast, a quarterly event spotlighting the entrepreneurs featured on the cover of Thinking Bigger Business magazine. 

They’ll share stories from their own companies — and advice that you can put to work in your business.

Plus, you’ll meet the staff of Thinking Bigger Business magazine and learn how you can become involved with the only publication in Kansas City that exclusively serves growth-minded small businesses.

REGISTER TODAY:
Sign up here to attend the BIG Breakfast on Sept. 24!

Register Today! 


NAWBO Members Only Breakfast

Wednesday, October 28th

8:00am - 9:00 am

Location:  First Watch 9916 College Blvd. 

Overland Park, KS 66210

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Our Mission

OUR MISSION

AS NAWBO-KC MEMBERS WE WANT TO INCREASE:

  • Our membership with positive women business owners who are passionate about what they do and about promoting others

(OUTCOME: A SUSTAINABLE AND STRONG NAWBO ORGANZATION)

  • Business to Business connections with the organization

(OUTCOME: REVENUE GENERATION)

  • Referral connections with first, member and then non-member companies

(OUTCOME: EXPANDED NETWORKS AND REVENUE GENERATION)

  • Excellent programs that can assist our membership in developing strong companies

(OUTCOME: CONTINUOUS LEARNING AND PROMOTION)

  • Our FUN
 
 
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