January 2015  

President's Report

NAWBO-KC Members,

Whew – we’ve all survived another holiday season and are ready to get back to work!  The start of a new year means different things to each of us.  For me, it’s a chance to reflect on what my company did right (and wrong) during the previous year and how we can improve.  I don’t necessarily like to make resolutions as they can be a weight over an otherwise successful operation; goals are my preferred way to think about changes that are being made. 

As I am looking at my own business and new goals, I also think about NAWBO-KC and what my goals are for this group in 2015…

  1.      To provide a welcoming environment that is supportive of women business owners and the challenges that they face
  2.      To provide informative programming that benefits members in both professional development and business growth
  3.      To increase overall visibility with partnerships and marketing to encourage growth in membership and support of all women owned businesses

NAWBO-KC could not begin to complete the goals I have listed without the support of our annual sponsors – Arvest Bank, Fortiviti and Cornerstone Bank.  You may notice that I highlighted the word all in my third goal.  The work that NAWBO does on a national level is beneficial to women business owners, regardless of membership in a local chapter.  The support of our annual sponsors allows the local chapter to enhance the work being done nationally for our local membership.  For more information on how NAWBO supports all women business owners, look here .

I look forward to an exciting and growth filled 2015 – and a few more of the successful women business owners in Kansas City joining NAWBO-KC!

Your President,

Elisabeth DeCoursey

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Monthly Meeting

Teri Ackerson is a Stroke Coordinator and stroke survivor.  She became a Registered Nurse in 2003 after spending 10 years in the telecommunication industry.

Teri began her nursing career as a critical care nurse and is currently the Stroke Program Manager at Liberty Hospital.  In a twist of fate, Teri suffered a stroke on May 27, 2013.  Her life was saved by the same education that she had taught to others as a Stroke Coordinator. 

Teri was determined not to let her stoke interrupt her life.  Twenty six days after being discharged from the hospital, she ran a marathon, and returned to work.   As a Stroke Program Manager and survivor, Teri provides stroke education to RNs, physicians, EMS personnel, and the community she serves. 

She develops programs to raise awareness of stroke, the 4th leading cause of death in our country, and the number one cause of preventable long term disability.  She works with stroke survivors, sharing her story of inspiration, courage and triumph.  JFK stated “One person can make a difference and everyone should try”.  Teri has made that her life motto and it is the model for her nursing practice.

Cancellations after January 12th and no-shows will be invoiced. Thank you for your understanding as we plan you into our meeting costs. 


January 12th

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502 Nichols Road

Kansas City, MO 64112


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Sponsorship Opportunities

 Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities for 2015

Monthly Educational Meeting Sponsor


Presenting ($500) Sponsor receives:

  • Exclusive meeting sponsor for one specific month
  • Recognized at one specific meeting
  • Recognized as meeting sponsor in all e-mail communications for that meeting
  • Sponsor can distribute marketing materials at meeting
  • Speaking opportunity (5 minutes) at beginning of the meeting
  • 2 meeting tickets for Sponsor use ($90 value)


Please contact Valerie Vaughn if you are interested in becoming a sponsor



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NAWBO Nuggets

Want to grow your business?  NAWBO is here to help.  We believe there are four places we can provide you with greater access that will help you grow your business –

  • Capital– Education and resources you need to choose the best financing options for your business;
  • Confidence–Leadership training and tools necessary to grow personally and professionally;  
  • Community –A sisterhood of women who support women and provide the catalyst for change across the country and the world; and
  • Capitals–An advocate for you and your business with elected officials from the Nation’s capital to your state capital.






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Calendar of Events

Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps

January 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sign up for a three-hour seminar on the critical first steps toward winning federal, state and local government contracts. It’s presented by the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center. UMKC Innovation Center, 4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Mo. 1–4 p.m. $50.

1 Million Cups - Kansas City

Wednesday, Jan 14 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Kauffman Foundation
4801 Rockhill Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64110

1 Million Cups (1MC) is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Presenters prepare a 6 minute educational presentation and engage in 20 minutes of feedback and questioning after they present. Entrepreneurs gain insight into possible ways they can improve their businesses, gather realtime feedback, connect with a community that truly cares about their progress, and walk away feeling like they have advanced their business. The audience also learns a great deal from the presentations. Whether this is through passively listening or deeply engaging with the entrepreneurs, there is much to learn every week from these dynamic and diverse communities.


IRS Small Business Tax Workshop

Thursday, Jan 22 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

JCCC Kansas Small Business Development Center
12345 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66210

Learn the basics of complying with IRS regulations, including business use of the home, self-employment tax, employee versus independent contractor, payroll taxes, and electronic filing (EFTPS). Also learn record keeping requirements for business expenses, including vehicle use. Presented by an experienced CPA and tax accountant. - Meets in Regnier Center - 145

 The Road to Success: Creating a Marketing Plan

January 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

You’ll leave this two-hour seminar with marketing tools to help you stay within your budget and increase your company’s visibility. Kansas Small Business Development Center, JCCC, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park. 2–4 p.m. $30.

The KCMO CDE’s Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO) 16-week Workshop: How to Build a Growing Profitable Business gives graduates the skills and confidence they need to reach their business goals. This year, as we prepare for our Spring 2015 session, we have some great additions to share with you:

  • Guest speakers on topics including: social entrepreneurship, how to get a business license, and personal credit building
  • An experienced workgroup leader facilitator providing mentorship during the workshop: Anthony Williams is currently President and CEO of the Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council and has served as past board president of KIPP Endeavor Academy and President of 100 Black Men of Greater Kansas City.
  • An outstanding content expert leading the break-even analysis: Stephanie Isaacson, CEO and President of New Horizons, LLCThe Kansas City Business Journal recognized Ms. Isaacson as one of twenty-five “Women Who Mean Business” in 2009.  New Horizons, LLC also received the 25 Under 25 Award from the Kansas City Small Business Monthly magazine and was named 2011 Small Business of the Year by the Greater Kansas City, Kansas Chamber of Commerce.
  • Partnership with SCORE to provide one on one mentoring both during and after the Workshop


Here are the details for our upcoming Workshop:

Spring 2015 WIBO 16-week Workshop

Dates/Time: February 19th-June 11th, Thursday evenings from 6-9pm

Location: 1900 Vine Street, Kansas City

Deadline: Participants must apply by February 12th

Cost: Base tuition $500 (income based discounts available)

Entrepreneurs interested in joining the 3rd cohort next spring must complete the online application available here (


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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


  • Our FUN
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