March 2015  

President's Report

March, 2015

NAWBO-KC Members,

An economic forecast is……what exactly?  As a business owner, it is a very hands-on activity, how much work is in the pipeline?  How many calls are coming in?  Do I need to hire/fire more staff?  Are people upbeat or quiet at networking events?  Google says it’s “the process of making predictions about the economy”.  Sometimes it’s just a feeling.  Sometimes it’s listening to what an expert has to say, like Dr. Chris Kuehl in our upcoming lunch meeting next week.  However you do it, making these predictions for your business are critical for long term growth and profitability.

March is the kick-off to our annual membership drive (membership discounts are in effect!).  Along with the monthly programming that NAWBO-KC offers to all of our members and the Kansas City community, I wanted to highlight a few of the benefits of membership in the only National organization specifically for Women Business Owners:

  •         National and local membership – NAWBO boasts a national membership of over 5,000 women business owners who are actively growing and managing their businesses
  •         Online member directory – connecting the entire membership base for business development and networking opportunities
  •         Partnerships and alliances - NAWBO attracts corporations and affiliate partners that offer a rich base of resources and expertise that can help propel women business owners to the next level of success

The annual sponsors of NAWBO-KC provide the backbone for the education, professional development and “getting a seat at the table” that we strive for as business owners.  Thank you to Arvest Bank, Fortiviti and Cornerstone Bank, with special thanks to Cornerstone Bank, our March meeting sponsor. 

Watch for more information to come about NAWBO’s 40th anniversary and ways you can support the growth of women in business!

Your President,

Elisabeth DeCoursey

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Monthly Meeting

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 2015 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. 

Armanda Corporate Intelligence, founded by Keith Prather and Chris Kuehl in January of 2001 began as a competitive intelligence firm, grounded in the discipline of gathering, analyzing, and disseminating intelligence.  Today, Armada executives function as trusted strategic advisors to business executives, merging its fundamental roots in corporate intelligence gathering, economic forecasting and strategy development.  Armada focuses on the market forces bearing down on organizations. They provide a pipeline for intelligence that is focused on helping senior executives quickly navigate through complex market situations to assess risk and growth opportunities.   

If you haven’t been to a NAWBO-KC event in a while, this is the one to attend!


Thank you to Cornerstone Bank our Meeting Sponsor!


March 10th

Cafe trio

4558 Main Street

Kansas City, MO 64111

11:30- 1:00

Register Today!

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Membership Drive

Membership Drive

The NAWBO® Annual Membership Drive is taking place March 1st  through April 30th. During this limited time, all new members who join NAWBO® will receive a $25 discount off national membership dues in all membership categories and any chapter dues discounts. Don't miss out on this special offer!  Join ONLINE or submit yourAPPLICATION today!

Members of the National Association of Women Business Owners® (NAWBO®) are a part of the largest dues paying organization for women entrepreneurs and the voice of the nation’s over 8 million women-owned businesses.  A NAWBO® membership offers women-owned businesses a national and local platform to tap into the power of an already established community of women entrepreneurs.

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NAWBO Nuggets

What Do Women Buinsess Owners Think?

You can tell a lot about a person by looking at their friends, and when I take a look at NAWBO and the “friends” that surround us in support of our mission and vision—corporate partners like Chase, UPS, Walmart, Sam’s Club, American Express, Wells Fargo, Southwest Airlines and many others—I believe they say a lot about NAWBO.

One of these partners is, which provides a full range of Internet services to small businesses to help them compete and succeed online. partnered with NAWBO last year to ask women business owners what they thought about their businesses, the overall economy, their main concerns (taxes, health care, etc.) and social media usage. The responses were tremendous and the results insightful.

This year, we’re proud to have back—once again asking what women business owners think about the issues of greatest importance to them. In this issue of Focus, as well as on our website, our social media pages and in a joint press release with, you can read all about the key highlights of this year’s survey results.

Read More . . .

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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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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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