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July 2015  

President's Report

July, 2015

NAWBO-KC Members,

I am so excited for a new year of NAWBO and even more excited to serve as President this year!  As a fellow business owner (founded Fortiviti in 2008), I have spent much of my time in business looking for a solid network of support.  While there are many avenues for business networking for sales and social fulfillment, I found it difficult to find an organization that was formed to support each other as business owners.  In joining NAWBO, I not only found that, but a group of women, no less.

We have been working on some exciting changes for our chapter for this year, including the programming schedule that we have started to preview already.  We are looking to focus on real, practical advice for business owners - programming that will help you answer the same questions so many of your fellow business owners are asking.  If you’re facing a challenge today, there is no doubt that a NAWBO colleague has faced a similar challenge in her business.  We want to focus on that collaboration and support. 

We’re also focused on membership growth this year.  I ask that each of you think about other women business owners who would benefit from the support and programming that NAWBO has to offer and invite them to one of our upcoming meetings.  The more we grow, the more we can support each other. 

Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions, concerns, and especially suggestions for programming.  We want to provide an organization that is beneficial to the women business owners in Kansas City and we can do that best if we hear from you!  I can be reached via email at shauna@fortiviti.com.

Enjoy your summer and hope to see you on the 14th!

Shauna Huntington

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New Board of Directors

Congratulations to our New Board of Directors for 2015-2016

President: Shauna Huntington

President-Elect: Brandy McCombs

Immediate Past President: Elisabeth DeCoursey

Membership: Dawn Potts

Sponsorship: Valerie Vaughn

Marketing: Denise Posey & Ginny Walkington

Thank you for your service to NAWBO-KC!!

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Monthly Meeting

NAWBO-KC Mastermind Series 

Learn from the wisdom in the room.  The Mastermind Series involves roundtable discussion with other like-minded business owners, facing similar challenges and asking the same questions. Chances are, if you have an issue or problem to solve, someone else has been there.  Our table discussion topics will start the conversation and give you a chance to learn from the trenches.  Come with your experience and bring your questions. 

Table Discussion Topics: 

#1 – Hiring and Recruiting: Where and how do you find the best talent? 

#2 – Handbook101: Do’s and Don’ts of Handbooks 

#3 – Getting Creative with Benefits: How can you compete? 

#4 – Retaining Top Talent: You’ve got great talent – now how do you keep it? 

 

Cancellations after July 10th and no-shows will be invoiced. Thank you for your understanding as we plan you into our meeting costs.  

Thank you to CBIZ our Meeting Sponsor! 

MAKE TIME FOR YOUR BUSINESS IN WAYS THAT INSPIRE AND 

Register Today!

                              

 

                                                                                        

                                                                      

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NAWBO Nuggets

Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney and Marsha Blackburn Introduce Resolution Honoring the National Association of Women Business Owners

Congressional Resolution Congratulates Organization on its 40th Anniversary

U.S. Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) have introduced a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives to commend the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) for “its tireless efforts and decades of support of women entrepreneurs and business owners.” H.Res.276 also congratulates NAWBO on the 40th anniversary.

“We are so grateful to Representatives Maloney and Blackburn for sponsoring this resolution in Congress. Their leadership is truly appreciated. Since our founding 40 years ago, NAWBO has advocated for the elimination of state laws requiring women entrepreneurs to have a male co-signatory for business loans, the creation of the National Women’s Business Council, and ensuring women entrepreneurs and the contributions they make to our economy are understood and being counted,” asserted Darla Beggs, NAWBO National Board Chair. “Today, we are proud to serve as the only voice of all women entrepreneurs regardless of sector, size or stage in development. We will continue our work to expand opportunities for women entrepreneurs and look forward to working with Congresswomen Maloney and Blackburn who have distinguished themselves by standing up for women business owners.”

NAWBO was established in 1975 by a group of like-minded businesswomen to serve as the collective voice of women business owners across the country and advocate on behalf of their entrepreneurial interests. These women understood that the rules and laws being passed in Washington, DC and in state capitals across the country could either help or harm their ability to succeed in business. So they united in a mission to advocate with their elected officials on behalf of themselves and all women business owners.

H.Res.276 cites the important contribution women business owners have and continue to make to the U.S. economy, and acknowledges the valuable role NAWBO has played to “create a business-friendly environment at the national, State, and local levels to enable women to start and grow their businesses and create jobs.”

 

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Calendar of Events

The Angel Series:  Preparing for Due Diligence

Thursday, July 9

11:00am - 1:00pm

Location:  Women's Business Center, 4220 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Suite 350B, Fairway, KS

Price:  $35 - Register Online

Your pitch is essential to getting your company noticed by investors--yet entrepreneurs often undermine the momentum of a successful pitch in the next essential step to funding: the due diligence process. How prepared is your company for due diligence?  Are your company documents and their presentation as professional and complete as your pitch? What steps can you be taking now to increase the success and reduce the time, effort and expense of due diligence?

This workshop will cover key elements of the due diligence process, and ways to present your company’s documentation in a professional, investor-friendly manner. Content includes:

  • Review of the essential company documents and take-away guide
  • Legal considerations/do’s and don’ts for entrepreneurs
  • Tips for developing and updating due diligence documents – and avoiding weeks of time, expense and revenue loss for your company
  • Options for investor access to company documents: privacy, ease of use and document presentation considerations

July 14th - NAWBO July Meeting

Brio Tuscan Grill - 11:30-1:00

NAWBO-KC Mastermind Series 

Learn from the wisdom in the room.  The Mastermind Series involves roundtable discussion with other like-minded business owners, facing similar challenges and asking the same questions. Chances are, if you have an issue or problem to solve, someone else has been there.  Our table discussion topics will start the conversation and give you a chance to learn from the trenches.  Come with your experience and bring your questions. 

Table Discussion Topics: 

#1 – Hiring and Recruiting: Where and how do you find the best talent? 

#2 – Handbook101: Do’s and Don’ts of Handbooks 

#3 – Getting Creative with Benefits: How can you compete? 

#4 – Retaining Top Talent: You’ve got great talent – now how do you keep it? 

Register Today!

Thank you to our CBIZ our Meeting Sponsor!

 


Certification 101 - Understanding the Certification Maze 

Thursday, July 16

8:30 - 10:30 am

Location:  The Chamber's Board Room, 30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO

Have you considered getting your business certified as a WBE or MBE but not sure how to start?  Certification can help you leverage your marketing efforts as you seek out government and corporate contracts.  But the path to certification can seem overwhelming.

Join us for an informational workshop where we'll discuss the benefits of certification (so you can decide if it's even right for you), introduce you to some of the certifying agencies and provide you with an overview of the certification process.  You'll hear from successful MBE/WBE Lenora Payne with Technology Group Solutions who will share the impact that certification has had on the growth of her business.  We'll have guest speakers from the following certifying agencies:

  • City of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Kansas Department of Commerce
  • Missouri Office of Equal Opportunity
  • Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and Midwest Women's Business Enterprise Council

Cost is $15 for KC Chamber members to attend.  Click to register online.  Women's Business Center clients may attend for $15 by contacting Kate Kershaw at kershaw@kcchamber.com or (816) 374-5492 (you must mention that you are a WBC client).

This workshop is hosted in partnership with the KC Chamber of Commerce.

 

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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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