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October 2014  

President's Report

NAWBO-KC Members,

What an honor it was to represent NAWBO-KC along with Board members Shauna Huntington, Dawn Potts, and Stephanie Sage at the 2014 Women’s Business Conference in Indianapolis!  The education and inspiration that were provided helped us all to focus on our businesses and NAWBO-KC.  We were even energized to complete planning for the remainder of this year and some of next year – look out, we have some great programs in the works! 

One of the sessions I had the opportunity to attend while at the WBC was focused on selling your business.  The speaker emphasized that if you are going to put your company on the market, it must be able to run without you (see October 14th program topic…How to Work on your Business Not in It!).  But I thought the best piece of advice was “structure beats genius”.  We’ve all had great ideas, but without processes and procedures to put those great ideas to work we can end up mired in the details and losing both time and money. 

Let’s focus the last quarter of the year on structure for our businesses so that our genius is never beat!

Your President,

Elisabeth DeCoursey

 

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Monthly Meeting

Do You Own Your Business...or Does Your Business Own You?

Business growth is a tricky thing. You’ve got to have the basics - a quality product that people want or need and effective marketing and sales capabilities to drive that demand through your pipeline. But if you want sustainable business success, then you need a lot more than a great product and a healthy pipeline. 

In order to really take off, you need to address several key factors (Business Growth Fundamentals) that will make or break you in the long term.  Get these ideas right and you’re guaranteed to grow…get them wrong and you will be working really hard with nothing to show for it! 

We’ll help you look at your business in a different way and get you focused on the fundamentals – figuring out how things like People, Money and Strategy done right can really unlock the potential in your business – not only for sustainable growth, but also freedom from long hours and burnout. 

The workshop is presented by Shawn Kinkade, owner of Aspire Business Development, a Kansas City based business coaching and consulting firm that sells clarity, focus and momentum to business owners who are ready to make something happen. 

MAKE TIME FOR YOUR BUSINESS IN WAYS THAT INSPIRE AND ENGAGE! 

 Brio Tuscan Grille
502 Nichols Road
Kansas City, MO 64112
 5

5:30-8:00

Register Today!

Cancellations after October 13th and no-shows will be invoiced. Thank you for your understanding as we plan you into our meeting costs.

KC Testing and Engineering - Meeting Sponsor

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NAWBO Nuggets

Power is described as the ability or capacity to perform or act effectively. It’s a specific capacity, faculty or aptitude, or having great influence over others. The hundreds of women entrepreneurs who came from across the U.S. to Indianapolis, IN, last week for the Women’s Business Conference (WBC), hosted by NAWBO and presented by Bank of America, know it well.

With this year’s theme, “The Power of You,” every aspect of the conference experience was created to power these women entrepreneurs’ business, lifestyle and community, from the main stage, to every breakout session, to the exhibit hall. Attendees left with more connections, resources, ideas, motivation and inspiration—and ultimately, more power to grow and succeed than ever before.

“I am part of my chapter’s board this year, so I wanted to learn more about NAWBO. Also, I am going national with my business, so I came here to get more connections. The content of the conference has been very valuable, especially the Power of the Brand of YOU breakout session. That will help a lot since I just went through a business name change and am rebranding. We’re going through a lot of changes in our NAWBO chapter, too.” —Shauna Huntington, NAWBO-Kansas City

               

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Calendar of Events

Leading Through Change: Accepting the Challenge

October 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Thursday, September 4

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Whether making a change is imposed on you or you are initiating it, change is complicated, confusing and convoluted. Instead of just getting through it and hoping for the best, learn to accept the challenge, calm the chaos, create defined outcomes, and motivate deliberate action. In this interactive program, Debra Kunz reveals the five keys for Leading Through Change to reduce the stress, embrace what is different, navigate obstacles, and grow through the experience. As a consultant and facilitator for business owners, organizational leaders and teams, Debra uses this program as part of her system for Unlocking the Secrets of Deliberate Growth.

Oct. 14, 12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. at Central Exchange South, 6201 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS.

Facilitator(s): Debra Kunz. Free for members; $15 for non-members. Lunch included. Visitwww.centralexchange.org for reservations or for more information call (816)471-7560.


NAWBO-KC Monthly Meeting

Do You Own Your Business...or Does Your Business Own You?

Tuesday, October 14th

5:30-8:00pm

Location:  Brio Tuscan Grille, 502 Nichols Road, Kansas City, MO 64112

Business growth is a tricky thing. You’ve got to have the basics - a quality product that people want or need and effective marketing and sales capabilities to drive that demand through your pipeline. But if you want sustainable business success, then you need a lot more than a great product and a healthy pipeline. 

The workshop is presented by Shawn Kinkade, owner of Aspire Business Development, a Kansas City based business coaching and consulting firm that sells clarity, focus and momentum to business owners who are ready to make something happen. 

Register


Ninjas Don’t Procrastinate

October 15 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Admit it—you procrastinate! Most of us do, according to recent surveys. Whether you are a pro or rookie procrastinator, you will master the tools to take timely action. “Ninjas Don’t Procrastinate” participants will identify their own procrastination style and tailor appropriate strategies to start tasks, even those famously dreadful, tedious, but necessary tasks.

Join other procrastinators for this fast-moving, interactive presentation, and leave with your black belt Master Ninja Action Plan.

Oct. 15, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Central Exchange Downtown, 1020 Central, KCMO.

Facilitator(s): Kay Grossman Free for members; $35 for nonmembers. Reservations and prepayment required. Visit www.centralexchange.org for reservations or for more information call (816) 471-7560.


Women’s Certifications 101

October 29 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Cost:$35

Learn how to unscramble the alphabet soup of certifications and open doors to new business opportunities. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Belger Cartage Service Art Gallery, 2100 Walnut St. in Kansas City, Mo. Check-in will start at 8:30 a.m.

Seating is limited, so register in advance. Registration costs $35, with proceeds benefiting The Women’s Foundation. Register at this website. 

Questions? Contact Carolyn Rouchka at crouchka@arvest.com or Beth Holmes at (913) 953-4410.

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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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