August 2014  

President's Report

NAWBO-KC Members,

For me, September marks the start of a new year with NAWBO.  No, it’s not the start of our fiscal year but it is the kick-off to something new with the Women’s Business Conference in Indianapolis in 2014.  I am so excited to be attending this conference along with three other Board members – made possible by our Silver Sponsors (Arvest Bank, First Citizens Bank, and Fortiviti).  We will be learning how to grow our businesses and bringing back valuable information on helping grow our NAWBO Chapter. 

Taking the time for education is critical for all business owners.  It gets us out of the day-to-day grind of managing employees and paying bills and gives us the opportunity to learn and think about growth, streamlining processes, and new clients.  I know I don’t spend as much time on these activities as I would like and need to make it more of a priority.

NAWBO KC’s next two member events are an opportunity to make time for business.  With our speed networking event in September and speaker topic of working on your business in October, we have the opportunity to shake some hands, meet some new business connections, and learn how to put that to work for us. 

One of the most important things we can do to grow our businesses and develop ourselves is to make sure that we are meeting the right people.  Research the networking events you are going to attend and make sure that someone there can either help your business or give you business.  I’m certain that NAWBO KC is a place where you can meet both of these goals and I hope to see you on September 16th!

Your President

Elisabeth DeCoursey


Back to top

Monthly Meeting

Match Maker, Match Maker, Make Me a Match!

Just Announced- Meeting Bonus! 

NAWBO-KC is providing a photographer for head shots. 

Free Sitting Fee 

$25 for 1 image on a disk 

$35 for several images on a disk 

$10 for extra touch up 

Got an issue you need to solve?  A product you need to purchase?  Got a good or service to provide?  BOOM!  We got business!

Our program, Business Matching, will be a fun way to introduce your business to others in the room.

An action-packed, informative and promotional evening for everyone in the room.  Sign up early and we will create the platform on which you can promote YOU!

Due to the nature of the event and the movement around the room, heavy hors d'oeurves will be served.

Make time for YOUR business in ways that inspire and engage!

Cancellations after September 15th and no-shows will be invoiced. Thank you for your understanding as we plan you into our meeting costs. 


 Lawing Financial/Posenelli 
6201 College Blvd, First Floor
Overland Park,, KS 66211

4:30 - 6:30 PM

Register Today!


Back to top

NAWBO Nuggets

Confidence can be one of those elusively difficult things to grasp onto.  The more you pursue it, the more it can seem out of your reach.

In addition, the news can be an overwhelming barrage of negative information regarding the future of the economy and the particular difficulties facing women entrepreneurs. 

Luckily within the NAWBO community you can supplement your confidence level.  Because NAWBO is the only dues based women’s business organization, we have members of all sizes, in all sectors and at varying stages of their business’ growth.  That means someone at NAWBO is going through or has already gone through the issues currently facing your business…and they will be happy to help you navigate and overcome whatever obstacles you may face. 

NAWBO is a community of members who know we are in it together and who know that together we are stronger.    

Confidence is contagious so pass it on!  NAWBO offers opportunities for networking and mentoring that will help you take your business to a whole new level!

At NAWBO, we strive to give you all the tools you need to succeed.  If you have ideas or best practices, please share them with


Back to top

Calendar of Events


Introduction to Angel Investing Workshop 

Thursday, September 4

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Price: $35.00

Are you thinking about becoming an angel investor?  Or are you an entrepreneur looking for funding who needs a better understanding of how angels and angel groups operate?  If so, then this workshop is for you.

Learn about typical angel investor characteristics and requirements, why angels are the best source of early stage capital, what angels want and need in an investment, how the investment process works, why it works best in a group setting, what it takes to be successful and more.  Angel investing can be exciting, challenging, lucrative and daunting all at the same time.  For investors, this workshop will help you assess whether angel investing is a good fit for your portfolio.  For entrepreneurs, it will help you better understand how the process works and why it is a good way to raise capital.

This workshop is presented by Rick Vaughn. Rick is the VP of Business Development at the Enterprise Center of Johnson County. Rick is also the Managing Director of the Mid-America Angels, a Kansas City angel group that has made 49+ investments totaling over $12 million in regional early stage companies. 

Lunch will be provided.


NAWBO-KC Monthly Meeting

Match Maker, Match Maker - Business Matchmaking Ultimate Connections

Tuesday, September 16


Location:  First National Center, 6201 College Blvd., First Floor, Overland Park, KS

Join NAWBO-KC for a special monthly meeting in September.

Got an issue you need to solve?  A product you need to purchase?  Got a good or service to provide?  The NAWBO program, Business Matching, will be a fun way to introduce your business to others in the room.  An action-packed, informative and promotional evening for everyone in the room.  Sign up early and NAWBO will create the platform on which you can promote you!

For more information visit the NAWBO-KC site. Due to the nature of the event and movement around the room, heavy hors d'oeurves will be served.  Members and guests encouraged to register online.  Cost is $35 for members and $45 for guests.


Athena League Vox - September

Unlocking the Economic Power of Women

Thursday, September 18


Location:  Central Exchange, 1020 Central St., Kansas City, MO

Join Athena League for its September Vox where speakers include Linda Buchner, President and Co-Founder of MINDDRIVE, and Alicia Herald, Founder/CEO of myEDmatch and a 2014 PIPELINE Fellow.  These inspirational female entrepreneurs will discuss what it takes to build a successful company, while making a huge impact on communities and industries. For more information about our speakers, please visit our website

Registration:  There is no cost to attend.  To register visit the Athena League website.

Big Breakfast Series

BIGbfast_BIG_4213Nourish 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.


This quarter’s guests will include:

  • Herb Farnsworth, HEPACART
  • Nilson Goes, Infinite Energy Construction
  • Brandy McCombs, International Builders & Consultants
  • Robert Cutler, C3 // Creative Customer Concepts

NAWBO-KC Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, October 14


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. 

Back to top

Our Mission



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


  • Business to Business connections with the organization


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


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


  • Our FUN
Back to top