February 2016  

President's Report

February, 2016

WOW!!  Our members-only roundtable discussion was awesome last month!  We had great collaboration, learned a lot, and helped each other find ways to get noticed!  Our discussion revolved around the pros and cons of winning awards, getting published and speaking.  It was really insightful.  Even those who have won many awards benefited from the conversation.  If you’ve been looking for a group to help challenge you in your business, give you new ideas, or help you solve a nagging problem, this group of ladies is for you!   

Our February roundtable will focus on sales.  Growing sales, developing a sales strategy, hiring a sales team, whatever it is, sales is often a pain point in small business.  Don’t know where to begin?  Come join your fellow NAWBO members as we drill down on the latest sales trends, discuss compensation structures, collaborate on sales strategies, and grow your sales!  Our meeting is February 9th at Apex Business Advisors.  If you’d like more information, please reach out to me. 

I would also like to highlight an additional speaking event we will hold in April with Chris Kuehl.  He was such a hit last year, we are bringing him back for a special meeting on April 26th!  Join us for the 2016 Economic Update.

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

Shauna Huntington

(913) 956-1207 x 60


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Monthly Meeting

Members-Only Roundtable Breakfast

Members-Only Roundtable – Sales: The Achilles Heel of Small Business 

As owner, are you still the only/key sales person?

Have you hired sales people and had to let them go when they didn't produce?

When is it time to add sales people (vs. doing it yourself)?  

Why do sales people fail, and what can you do to help them succeed?  

Should you hire for sales skills or product/industry skills? 

If you’ve had these questions, or others as you’ve tried to grow your sales, then join us for our next round table breakfast and learn from the experience of other like-minded business owners.

February 09, 2016  8 – 9 a.m.

APEX Business Advisors

7101 College Blvd. Suite 1650

Overland Park, KS 66210

Thank you to Valerie Vaughn of APEX Business Advisors for hosting us this month! 

Register Now!


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Sponsorship Opportunities

2016 NAWBO-KC Corporate Partnership Opportunities Available now! 

We’d like to invite you and your company to sign up for a 2016 Corporate Partnership with the NAWBO-Kansas City.    NAWBO is an organization that represents the interests of the nation’s 10.1 million women entrepreneurs.  We welcome partnerships with organizations that share our vision to propel women entrepreneurs into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. 

Partnership and financial support of the Kansas City Chapter offers a unique opportunity for your company to access the fastest-growing segment of the economy – women business owners.  At the same time, you’ll be recognized across Kansas City for your support of the growth and success of an advocacy organization built to support, mentor, lead, and develop women business owners.

For more information about the different NAWBO-KC partnership opportunities available, please contact Valerie Vaughn, Director of Corporate Partnership, at or Shauna Huntington, Chapter President, at .

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NAWBO Nuggets

Many people look at the new year as a clean slate; a time to finally achieve that elusive weight goal, a chance to pick up that new hobby or an opportunity to step into that next life or business stage. Whichever of the above suits you, a positive wellbeing is important to achieving the goals you set out to accomplish.

Wellbeing is composed of multiple factors from all areas of our lives. Each involved area must be healthy in order to have a positive overall wellbeing; many people make the mistake of focusing too narrowly on just one or two areas and don’t give adequate attention to each area. In their book, Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements, Tom Rath and Jim Harter examine five components to wellbeing and how to maintain them.

1. Career Wellbeing: When you feel appreciated and respected for your work (which is even more critical when you own the business!), you’re more eager to step up and deliver. These feelings contribute to a healthy wellbeing.

2. Social Wellbeing: It’s important to have strong and healthy relationships and a support system you can rely on when you need it. Feeling loved is an important part of wellbeing!

3. Financial Wellbeing: Managing your costs efficiently, staying aware of your expenses and avoiding overspending are all ways your financial habits can contribute in a positive way to your overall wellbeing.


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Calendar of Events

Members-Only Roundtable – Sales: The Achilles Heel of Small Business

As owner, are you still the only/key sales person?

Have you hired sales people and had to let them go when they didn't produce?

When is it time to add sales people (vs. doing it yourself)?  

Why do sales people fail, and what can you do to help them succeed?  

Should you hire for sales skills or product/industry skills?

February 9th

8 – 9 a.m.

Apex Business Advisors

7101 College Blvd, Ste 1650

Overland Park, KS 66210

Register Today!

Competing for Government Contracts: Basic Training

Get an overview of the critical first steps associated with pursuing government contracts. The Kansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center will present information on how to get started in federal, state and local government contracting. Free.


February 10th

9:30 am-12:00 pm

Kansas Small Business Development Center
JCCC, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park

Economic Forecast with Dr. Chris Kuehl

Dr. Chris Kuehl, economist, analyst and humorist joins NAWBO-KC for our March lunch meeting to present the 2015 Economic Forecast. Dr. Kuehl is a notable economist, entertaining speaker, and co-founder of Armanda Corporate Intelligence, a corporate intelligence and strategy development firm. 

Dr. Kuehl will be sharing his unfiltered view of the economic outlook for 2016 and other commentary on economic and government issues for the coming year.  His upbeat humor and down-to-earth style makes this show a must see.

April 26th


Brio Tuscan Grill

502 Nichols Road

Kansas City, MO 64112

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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


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