August 2010 Women's Edition - Missouri Women's Council

August 2010 Women's Edition - Missouri Women's Council

6Business Trainings and Job FairsAugust 12th, 2010FastTrac® NewVentureLocation: St. LouisClick Here for more informationAugust 12th, 2010Basics of Writing a Business PlanLocation: St. LouisClick Here for more informationAugust 12th, 2010Starting a Small Business:The First StepsLocation: JoplinClick Here for more informationAugust 12th, 2010Building the Ultimate Business PlanLocation: SpringfieldClick Here for more informationAugust 13th, 2010Starting & Managing a BusinessLocation: WarrensburgClick Here for more informationAugust 16th, 2010The Basics of Writing a Business PlanLocation: Saint PetersClick Here for more informationAugust 17th, 2010FastTrac® NewVenture for DislocatedWorkersLocation: Kansas CityClick Here for more informationAugust 17th, 2010FastTrac® NewVentureLocation: St. LouisClick Here for more informationAugust 17th, 2010St. Louis/Bridgeton Career FairLocation: Bridgeton, MOClick Here for more informationAugust 17th, 2010Technology Entrepreneur SpeakersProgramLocation: Kansas CityClick Here for more informationAugust 18th, 2010FastTrac® NewVentureLocation: St. LouisClick Here for more informationAugust 18th, 2010Introduction to QuickbooksLocation: Park HillsClick Here for more informationAugust 18th, 2010Introduction to QuickbooksLocation: SalemClick Here for more informationAugust 19th, 2010Advanced QuickbooksLocation: RollaClick Here for more informationAugust 19th, 2010SBA Loans: Keys to Your FinancialSuccessLocation: St. LouisClick Here for more informationAugust 19th, 2010Winning Government Contracts: TheFirst StepsLocation: Kansas CityClick Here for more informationAugust 19th, 2010The Basics of Writing a Business PlanLocation: Jefferson CityClick Here for more informationAugust 19th, 2010Understanding Financial StatementsLocation: ColumbiaClick Here for more informationAugust 24th, 2010FastTrac® NewVenture for DislocatedWorkersLocation: Kansas CityClick Here for more informationAugust 24th, 2010Starting a Business: The First StepsLocation: UnionvilleClick Here for more informationAugust 24th, 2010Veterans’ Job FairLocation: SikestonClick Here for more informationAugust 26th, 2010Job Fair: Fort Leonard WoodLocation: Fort Leonard WoodClick Here for more informationAugust 27th, 2010QuickBooks Pro IntroductoryLocation: Kansas CityClick Here for more information6

8Business Trainings and Job FairsFree Workshops Highlight Rural Opportunities : From the SBAThe nation’s top small business resource providers are joining together to hold a series of freesmall business opportunity workshops across parts of Missouri that may have been especially hardhit by the recent economic recession.Each resource provider will talk about their programs and services, discuss the impact that theAmerican Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 has had upon those programs and services, andanswer questions from small business owners and entrepreneurs about what they can do for theirsmall business and community.September 21st, 2010Predicting Future Cash NeedsLocation: St. LouisClick Here for more informationSeptember 22nd, 2010Pricing for SuccessLocation: ColumbiaClick Here for more informationSeptember 24th, 2010Starting a Business: The First StepsLocation: St. LouisClick Here for more informationSeptember 24th, 2010Career Fair– MSU West PlainsLocation: West PlainsClick Here for more informationOctober 21st, 2010Job Fair—Fort Leonard WoodLocation: Ft. Leonard WoodClick Here for more informationTuesday, September 14, 2010 – Louisiana/Pike CountyWednesday, September 15, 2010 – Shelbina/Shelby CountyThursday, September 16, 2010 – Monroe City/Monroe CountyWednesday, September 29, 2010 – Eldon/Miller CountyAll of the workshops will be free, with each beginning at 1:00 p.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m.Presenters include the U. S. Small Business Administration, U S Department of Commerce, Missouri’sSmall Business & Technology Center, the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center,the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Office of Trade and Investment, theSCORE Association and a number of local economic development authorities and chambers ofcommerce. Area commercial lenders willing to lend to expanding or start‐up businesses will beinvited to participate in each of these small business opportunity workshops.Opportunities to be discussed include:SBA‐guaranteed loans and revolving lines of credit; Export finance and international business opportunities;How to reduce risk when selling your product or service in foreign markets; Sellingyour product or service to the Government; The Historically Under‐utilized Business Zone(HUBZone) certification program; The U S Department of Defense’s Central Contractor Registration;The U S Small Business Administration’s Dynamic Small Business Search engine; And muchmore.To find out more about these events please call Bob Newman at 636‐358‐5941, or e‐mail him Please contact Bob if you would like SBA to schedule a similar smallbusiness opportunity workshop in your community. (Source: MOSourceLink, click here)October 27th, 2010JOBNews/Job Fair—North KCLocation: North Kansas CityClick Here for more information8

9In Every IssueBusiness ResourcesMissouri Business PortalAn online resource as a single point ofentry for business registration, filings,licenses, and permits for doingbusiness in the State of Missouri.Click here for more information.Missouri Business DevelopmentProgramsThe Missouri Small Business &Technology Development Center (MOSBTDC) successfully assists more than10,000 businesses with business startupand training workshops. Catalog of State AssistanceProgramsProvides detailed information aboutstate grants, loans and assistanceprograms and how to apply for them.Click here for more information.Missouri Linked Deposit ProgramThe Big Missouri Linked DepositProgram is administered through thestate treasurer’s office to enablefinancial institutions to make low‐costloans to businesses and farms tocreate jobs and help Missouri’seconomy grow. connects smallbusiness owners with a network ofnonprofit resource organizations thatprovide business‐building services.Visit or calltoll‐free at (866) 870‐6500.Missouri Procurement TechnicalAssistance Centers (MO PTAC)MO PTAC’s mission is to assistbusinesses—including small,disadvantaged and women ownedfirms– in obtaining federal, state andlocal government contracts. Women’s CouncilProvides information and resourcesregarding business, education andcareer development to Missouri’swomen. or call tollfree at (877) 426‐9284.MoFAST: SBIR/STTR ProgramHelp for entrepreneurs and smallbusinesses seeking federal funding fortechnology and life sciencesbusinesses, products, research anddevelopment. Visit of Administration–Office of Supplier and WorkforceDiversity (OSWD)OSWD’s mission works to assistwomen and minorities in developingopportunities to contract with thestate, economically empoweringtraditionally underservedcommunities and improving theoverall fiscal vitality of the State ofMissouri. Visit call toll free (877) 259‐2963.Missouri Department of EconomicDevelopment Programs for BusinessThe Missouri Department ofEconomic Development offers alisting of programs for businesses.For a full listing, please click here.Missouri Small Business RegulatoryFairness Board (SBRFB)The SBRFB provides a key interfacebetween state regulatory agenciesand affected small businesses. Formore information, please click here.SBA– Small Business AdministrationThe SBA links entrepreneurs withresources, services and supportspecifically designed for smallbusiness needs. Visit orcall toll free at (800) U ASK SBA.Missouri Enterprise BusinessAssistance Centers (MEBAC)MEBAC’s mission is to help smallbusinesses enhance productivity,expand production, increase sales andimprove profitability. or calltoll free at (800) 956‐2682.Missouri Small Business andTechnology Assistance Centers (MOSBTDC)MO SBTDC is focused onstrengthening the technologicalcompetitiveness of Missouri’sbusinesses.

10In Every Issue-Women’s ResourcesNational Association of WomenBusiness OwnersNAWBO is a dues‐based nationalorganization representing theinterests of all women entrepreneursin all industries. Membership is opento sole proprietors, partners andcorporate owners with day‐to‐daymanagement responsibility.Phone: (800) 556‐2926Website: www.nawbo.orgNational Women’s Business CouncilThe Council’s mission is to promoteinitiatives, policies and programsdesigned to support women’s businessenterprises at all stages ofdevelopment in the public and privatesector marketplaces, from start‐up tosuccess to significance.Website: www.nwbc.goveWomenNetwork, Inc.eWomenNetwork, Inc. is committed tohelping women and their businessesachieve, succeed and thrive in the neweconomy. Their goal is to help femalebusiness owners and professionalsachieve their goals.Website: www.eWomenNetwork.comWomen Impacting Public Policy, Inc.(WIPP)A national nonpartisan public policyorganization that advocates for and onbehalf of women and minorities inbusiness in the legislative process ofour nationa, creating economicopportunities and building bridges andalliances to other small businessorganizations.Website: www.wipp.orgCareer Education CoordinatorsNetwork of professionals focusing onnontraditional careers as well as providinginformation and expertise in careerawareness, exploration and planning forvarious audiences.Website: www.missouricareereducation.orgWomen’s Business Enterprise NationalCouncil (WBENC)Dedicated to advancing the success ofCorporate Members, certified women’sbusiness enterprises, and governmententities in partnership with its RegionalPartner Organizations (RPOs)Website: www.wbenc.orgMissouri Child Care Resource andReferral NetworkThe Missouri Women’s Council recognizesthat often times women in business andworkforce may encounter barriers accessingquality child care. This organizationcoordinates the activities of the eight childcare resource and referral agencies thatserve all 115 counties in Missouri.Website: www.moccrrn.orgWomen’s Business Development CenterThe largest women’s business assistancecenter in the United States. Nationally andinternationally recognized for responsive,innovative, and effective programs andadvocacy efforts. Delivers business servicesand financial assistance to empower womentowards entrepreneurship and economicself‐sufficiency.Website: www.wbdc.orgWinning WomenWinning Women works to foster economicgrowth and provide leadership in developingand supporting our future workforce. Educationand mentoring opportunities focus ontraditional and non‐traditional occupationsand apprenticeships in the private and publicsectors. Website: www.winningwomen.netCaring CommunitiesA “partnership” that enables communityand school leaders to define priorities andagendas based on each community’s needs,assets and vision. By developingcommunity‐based supports and services,the aim is to enhance the well‐being ofchildren, which is inseparable from the well‐being of their families and the stability andeconomic viability of the communitieswhere they live.Website: www.mofact.orgWPO Women Presidents’ OrganizationThe WPO is a non‐profit membershiporganization for women presidents ofmultimillion‐dollar companies. Members ofthe WPO take part in professionallyfacilitated peer advisory groups in order tocoax the ‘genius out of the group’ and growtheir businesses to the next level.Website: www.womenpresidentsorg.comMissouri Career CentersLocated in communities across the stateand represent a unique partnership ofemployment and training organizationsthat reflect the specific needs in each localcommunity. These resource areas areequipped with computers, fax machines,and telephones that operate similarly to apublic library.Website: www.greathires.org10

11UpcomingEvents, Programs and AwardsSt. Louis Business JournalMost Influential Business Women Awards LuncheonAugust 13th, 2010Renaissance Grand Hotel800 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO Small Business Networking BreakfastOffice of Small Business UtilizationSeptember 7th, 2010The Kauffman Conference CenterKansas City, MO Networking LuncheonThe “Small People”...the Power of Perceptionin BusinessAugust 13th, 2010Doubletree HotelChesterfield, MO Louis Small Business MonthlyTop 20‐Under‐20(Top 20 Businesses with less then 20 Employees)Networking LuncheonAugust 19th, 2010Frontenac HotelSt. Louis, MOwww.sbmon.comWomen’s Network August Luncheon 2010August 19th, 2010PeachTree Catering & Banquet CenterColumbia Business Leaders Awards LuncheonSeptember 10, 2010Windows Off Washington701 N 15th Street, St. Louis, MO Annual Governor’s Conference onEconomic DevelopmentSeptember 15‐17, 2010Hyatt Regency Crown Center2345 McGee, Kansas City, Showcase 2010Jefferson City Chamber of CommerceOctober 7th, 2010Firley YMCAJefferson City, MOwww.jcchamber.orgWomen Who Mean Business Awards LuncheonKansas City Business JournalAugust 27th, 2010SheratonOverland Park,

12Missouri Women’s CouncilThe Missouri Women’s Council wasestablished in 1985 by the State’s 83rdGeneral Assembly to identify and addressissues affecting the economic andemployment status of women in Missouri.The first name of the council was theMissouri Council on Women’s EconomicDevelopment and Training (MCWEDT).The name was changed to the MissouriWomen’s Council in 1994.It is the intent of the Missouri Women’sCouncil to work closely with otheragencies and community‐basedorganizations to build awareness, educate,promote opportunities for, and enhancethe lives and well being of Missouriwomen business owners and women inthe workforce.The Missouri Women’s Council offersinformation and resources on starting yourOwn Business, Women in Business, Findinga Great Job, Upgrading Your Skills, andObtaining State Contracts.The Council is an agency within theDepartment of Economic Development.The bipartisan Council is comprised of 15members: 11 appointed by the Governor,2 Missouri State Senators, and 2 MissouriState Representatives with the chairappointed by the governor. An ExecutiveDirectors is appointed to serve theMissouri Women’s Council and the womenof Missouri.Follow us on Twitter!@MOWomensCouncilMissouri Women’s Council’sWomen Owned Business (WOB)NetworkHelping Women‐OwnedBusinesses Succeed in MissouriBecoming a member of the WOB Networkcan help women‐owned business owners findand interact with each other, as well ashighlight the goods and services theirbusinesses provide. Register for free, onlineat

13Missouri Women’s CouncilMissouri Women’s CouncilPO Box 1684Jefferson City, MO Free: (877) 426‐9284Phone: (573) 751‐0810Fax: (573) 522‐5005Website: www.womenscouncil.orgMichelle J. WordMissouri Women’s CouncilChairLisa B. AlthoffMissouri Women’s CouncilExecutive DirectorMichelle J. Word is themanager of Supplier Diversityfor Burns & McDonnell. Shehas been with the companyfor five years and is developerof the company’s supplierdiversity procedures andpolicies. She is responsible forensuring the company locates,utilizes and develops diversebusinesses.She also works externally toeducate prospective suppliersand subcontractors aboutBurns & McDonnell’s supplierdiversity objectives andproject participation. She isalso responsible for internaleducation of projectmanagers, procurementpersonnel and others in thecompany about theimportance of cultivating andmaintaining a diverse supplierbase and methods to achievethis objective.SuggestionBoxHow can we serve you better?The Missouri Women’s Council welcomesyour content suggestions for possibleinclusion in futurepublications.Kindly respond subscribe or unsubscribe to theWomen’s Edition, please click here.Lisa B. Althoff is the ExecutiveDirector of the MissouriWomen’s Council.She is responsible forimplementing programsinitiated by the council. Shealso works to connect womenbusiness owners and womenin the workforce toinformation and resources.She has received her Mastersin Business Administrationfrom William WoodsUniversity. During herundergraduate program, shewas appointed to theWomen’s Leadership Academywhich focuses on thepreparation of talentedwomen for the workforce andfor future leadership roles.She is a graduate of the SueShear Institute Women’sLeadership Academy and aformer intern of the MissouriWomen’s Council.13

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