July 2014  

President's Report

NAWBO-KC Members,

I am honored to begin this year of leadership of an amazing group of women!  When I started my company (Kansas City Testing and Engineering) almost five years ago, I did not have a business network in Kansas City.  My previous career kept me on the road for a number of years and my interactions with local business people was very limited.  Joining NAWBO was one of the first, and best, things that I did.  I encourage each of you to look at your networks and the women who run the companies that you work with – invite them to a meeting and let them know how NAWBO has influenced you.

This year is going to be about growth: growth in our membership, growth in the level of programming we offer, professional growth of all of our members, and growth of our support networks.  During the 2014/2015 year, we will continue our NAWBO Noticed series with an event in the fall.  We will send some Board members to the NAWBO Conference in Indianapolis, IN to learn more about how NAWBO National can support our chapter and network with other chapter leaders.  And we will help each other grow our businesses!

I am so excited for the upcoming year and the leadership team that is in place, it has already been a busy summer and I’m looking forward to the fall.  Please feel free to reach out with your comments and recommendations (I’ll even take complaints!) at

Your President,

Elisabeth DeCoursey

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New Board of Directors

Congratulations to our New Board of Directors for 2014-2015

President: Elisabeth DeCoursey

President-Elect: Shauna Huntington

Immediate Past President: Lisa Foley

Treasurer: Betsy Allgeyer

Secretary: Kari Bear

Membership: Dawn Potts

Sponsorship: Valerie Vaughn

PR/Marketing: Stephanie Sage

Thank you for your service to NAWBO-KC!!

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Monthly Meeting

NAWBO-KC takes a short break in the summer, so there will be no July meeting.  The new board will meet and begin making plans for the upcoming year.  If you have ideas for meeting topics or speakers please contact Elisabeth DeCoursey at


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Past News


Bellewether was founded by Kay A. Saunders in 1994. Today, we have grown into a full service organization consulting firm focused on the development of operations, organizational structures. In addition we have researched, designed and published a complete line of training curriculum under the product brand, Human Asset Imaging®.

In 2009, a new division of Bellewether was launched to house and market those training products. This division, known as the Human Asset Imaging® Institute [HAI® Institute] currently serves as a research and training product outlet for the development of interpersonal dynamics and leadership.

Bellewether, Ltd. and the HAI® Institute assist small, medium and large entities using our 4P methodology which addresses business operations and risk management by focusing on improvements in organizational: Practices, Processes, People and Performance. We provide clients with comprehensive individual, team and organizational services that enhance business growth and sustainability through the development of operational structures, exciting supplier diversity initiatives, business management skills, interpersonal dynamics skills, technology and collaborative tools and training development and facilitation.

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Thank You!

Thanks to First Citizens Bank for opening up your office space for our June meeting. Great space, great time, great food.  We appreciate all you effort in making things so nice for us.

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Calendar of Events

Where's Your Export Market?                                                                                                                   Tuesday, July 8th 11:00 - 1:30

Learn how you can successfully identify, research and enter new international markets. University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program, 4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Mo. 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. $35.


Legal Issues in Social Media                                                                                                                   Thursday, July 10th 11:00 - 1:00

The upside of social media marketing can be terrific for business. Businesses are wise, however, to be aware of the legal issues involved with using technologies like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube, blogs and podcasts in marketing. Learn more about protecting your company online at this workshop. Enterprise Center of Johnson County, 8527 Bluejacket, Lenexa. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. $25 (includes lunch).

Negotiating Skills for the Small Business Owner                                                                                   Tuesday, July 15th 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Get insight on negotiating and resolving conflicts through effective preparation and persuasion. This workshop will share techniques that can be used to save money or close that big deal. Kansas Small Business Development Center, JCCC, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park. 6–8:30 p.m. $25.

Mastermind Your Business                                                                                                                       Thursday, July 17th 3:00 - 5:30 pm

Register for “Mastermind Your Business Advantage,” a business development briefing session on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 10955 Lowell Avenue, Suite #650, Overland Park.

Program: 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Networking: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Presenters:  Becky S. Wilson, WDS Marketing & Public Relations; Dan Stalp, Sandler Training, Overland Park & Kansas City; and Mary Redmond, The FearLess Negotiator. Topics will include building strategic relationships, non-traditional selling for business owners  and negotiating to your advantage.  

Session Fee: $25 donation to Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired.

Register online at For more information, contact Becky Wilson, (913) 362-4541 or

8th Annual Kansas City Government Contracting & 

Procurement (KCGCP) Forum
“Vital Signs- How to Survive in Today’s Economy”

Thursday August 14, 2014
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Kansas City Convention Center
301 West 13th
Street KCMO 64105
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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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