September Newsletter | NAWBO

President's Report

Happy Labor Day!  Now is the time of year to break out those comfy sweats and stroll down to the local fair to get your corndog and funnel cake.   

Thank you again to everyone who has been attending our meetings.  We have had wonderful turn outs. If there is something you would like to put on the agenda reach out to me to discuss. 

I want to remind everyone of the promotion NAWBO-KC has going on.  Join NAWBO between August 30and September 9, 2016 and you will be entered in a raffle to win 4 Royals tickets with a parking pass.  Tickets are for a Sunday day game on the 18th of September.   

Don't miss out!  Please contact Dawn Potts, Director of Membership (  and (913) 558-0207), to get signed up.  Our winner will be announced Monday, September 12th.

Your friend,
Brandy McCombs
President, NAWBO-KC 

Upcoming Members Only Events

Tuesday, Sept 13 at Merrill Lynch (OPKS), 8 am to 9 am

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.

Members-Only Mastermind Roundtable meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month from 8 am to 9 am. Click HERE to register and see topics and locations for upcoming Mastermind Roundtables.  

September 13 | Accessing Capital, Making it Real
October 11 | Topic and Location TBD

Why attend the WBC? A personal perspective.

I am SO bummed that I will be missing the NAWBO Women’s Business Conference this year.  I have gone for the last two years and it has been one of the best conferences I have attended.  It is well worth the time, money, and travel to attend.  This year, unfortunately, I will be on a two-week trip to Germany, so I am unable to attend (I’m not bummed about Germany, just the timing)! 

The conference is in Columbus, OH, September 18th – 20th.  It’s coming up quickly, however, if you have the availability, I highly recommend you try to attend.  Here is why.  We all need to take a time out from working IN our business to focus on what’s most important – working ON our business.  With the WBC, I found that I came away with so many great ideas that I could not possibly implement them all.  The speakers, alone were worth the price of the conference (which is VERY reasonable), but the breakout sessions, mentoring, and energy were a great bonus.  There was so much information, I made the decision to take one strategic idea each time that I attended to work on when I returned.  It took me almost a year to complete last year’s work, but I did it! 

I found WBC to be an inspiring, rejuvenating and FUN couple of days with fellow women business owners.  Whether you are just starting out, a seasoned business owner, or someone who just loves professional development (like me!), this conference is for you.

-contributed by Shauna Huntington, President of Fortiviti and Immediate Past-President of NAWBO-KC

 To register for the conference, click HERE.

 If this year doesn't work for you, plan on next year and put a hold on October 15-17, 2017.

 If this year doesn't work for you, plan on next year and put a hold on October 15-17, 2017.

Membership Drive

YOU can help the Kansas City NAWBO chapter grow. 

If you know women business owners who are seeking other like-minded entrepreneurs, are growth-focused, and passionate about helping other women grow their business, please invite them to be your guest at an upcoming NAWBO event. 

Did you know that non-members are welcome to attend the monthly Members-Only Mastermind Roundtables if invited by a current NAWBO-KC member?  

If your guest joins, they will save during the Fall Membership Drive. NAWBO is offering a $25 discount on all new member Initiation fees ($75 normally $100) and the $25 reinstatement fee for any former members that rejoin will be waived.

Corporate Sponsor Highlight

Arvest Bank's Small Business Banking division to offer valuable workshops for small businesses.

Our sponsor, Arvest Bank, has partnered with SoLVEKC to host a series of workshops relevant to small businesses.   The first in the series will be offered on Thursday, October 20th, 9 – 11 am.  

Join Lead Presenters: Teddi Hernandez and Aviva Ajmera of Solve KC and Guest Presenters: Kim Reid, media consultant ,and Andy Talbert, owner of Snow 7 Company, as they lead you through an interactive workshop.

Learn about the future of social media for small business.  If you need to learn how to use Social Media most effectively, this workshop is for YOU!  Plan to attend even if you THINK you know everything; you will learn and walk away with some new knowledge and tips to use Social Media.

Click HERE to sign up for (So you think you know) How to use Social Media for your Small Business (Oct 20, 9 - 11 am).

Support our sponsor, Thinking Bigger Business, at the Sept 16 BIG Breakfast.   

Support our sponsor, nourish your body and your business at the BIG Breakfast, a quarterly event spotlighting the entrepreneurs featured on the cover of Thinking Bigger Business magazine. 

Enjoy breakfast while listening to entrepreneurs featured on the cover of Thinking Bigger Business magazine share their war stories and advice.  

Panelists will include:

  • Steve Holle, KC Bier Co.
  • Hailee Bland-Walsh, City Gym
  • Fred Merrill Jr., Merrill Companies
  • Andy Rieger, J. Rieger & Co.

September 16 at the Kauffman Foundation Confer

Hold the Date...
.....of December 6th for the annual holiday party and charity fundraiser.  
Plan on an evening event, location TBD.




NAWBO Nugget

Membership has it's priviliges

Are you aware of the (significant) discounts you can receive as a NAWBO member from hundreds of national vendors?  

Do you know why and when NAWBO was formed?  

Your NAWBO membership brings many benefits. Whether you are a recently joined, new NAWBO member or a long-time, member and fan of NAWBO you'll probably learn a few things by attending an "orientation" webinar.   

Click HERE to listen to a recorded version of the Membership Orientation webinar OR click HERE to register for the next live member benefit webinar on Thursday, October 6 from 11:00 to 11:30 am CDT.