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KC’s Women’s Business Leaders Muster Support from Senator Claire McCaskill

May 18, 2013 - This article courtesy of the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City.
 

Pictured left to right:  Jami Henry, NAWBO; Denise Farris, WIPP; Colleen White, WIPP/WCOE; Senator McCaskill; Sherry Turner, OneKC for Women; and Rosana Privatera-Biondo, WCOE

A group of Kansas City’s women business leaders recently met with Missouri’s Senator Claire McCaskill to engage her support on several issues directly impacting women owned businesses in the KC area.  Colleen White, president of Strategic Workplace Solutions Inc., an active WIPP and WCOE member, brought the Senator together with Jami Henry, president of Bellewether, and current president of KC’s National Association of Women Business Owners (KC-NAWBO); Denise Farris, Farris Law Firm LLC, and Regional Coordinator for Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP); Sherry Turner, Founder, OneKC for Women and president, Women’s Employment Network (WEN); and Rosana Privitera-Biondo, president of Mark One Electric Co. Inc., EDC Board Member and National President, Women Construction Owners and Executives (WCOE).
 

“The Senator wanted to hear about small business issues and needs from our points of view,”  said White.  The group related how existing small business programs and assistance actually work for them, both positively and negatively.  ”The Senator provided some great feedback and suggestions, along with some very specific action items we can all work on to better the situation for both women and small business owners in our Kansas City area.”

The group stressed that small businesses were what make the purchases and get the tax dollars flowing.  However, there was a consensus that small business owners are not heard at the same level as large corporate entities.

Issues discussed were:
  • Better access to capital for small businesses
  • Tax credits for angel investors
  • Providing better assistance in understanding and working with the federal government procurement process
  • The need for more federal agencies to learn about and use the Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) and other small business program incentives
  • Recommendations to continue addressing size standards for small businesses
  • Contract bundling
The participants stressed to the Senator that she has a great opportunity to tap into the area’s women’s business groups for assistance and feedback.  Some national women’s group leaders are either currently from, or have come from this vicinity.  In addition to the organizations noted above, Kansas City is also home to the Women Angel Investors Group and the Kansas City Council of Women Business Owners, among others.
 
The meeting ended with the Senator agreeing to assist with specific action items.  The women committed to keeping up a regular dialogue with the Senator, and assist her in modeling some of Kansas City’s unique programs, like the Angel Investors, in other Missouri cities.
 

For further information or questions, contact Colleen White, Strategic Workplace Solutions, Inc.
 


 

Senator McCaskill Visits WEN

April 19, 2013

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill was in alliance partner Women's Employment Network's downtown office this morning. McCaskill participated in a roundtable discussion with WEN president Sherry Turner and other Kansas City women business leaders to gather feedback on the opportunities and challenges for women-owned businesses and discuss ideas for continuing to create economic opportunity and job growth.
 


 

OneKC for Women gets an online makeover

April 1, 2013
 
OneKC for Women, a four-year-old collaboration of three agencies focused on women’s employment, has a new mobile-friendly website thanks to the entry of a marketing agency in the Kansas City area.
 

Howerton+White, a Wichita-based agency, selected OneKC for Women as its first Kansas City client and has updated OneKCForWomen.com, as part of a broader marketing plan to increase the nonprofit’s visibility.

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OneKC for Women Alliance expands financial services

March 29, 2013

The OneKC for Women Alliance is strengthening its efforts to meet the financial needs of women in the Kansas City area.

OneKC for Women is a brand used to describe the alliance between the Women’s Employment Network, Women’s Business Center and Women’s Capital Connection. This week, it launched an Internet portal that combines all the services available from its members, hired a new financial coach and set up an office for a new loan officer who can make microloans and offer other financial assistance.

The new Internet portal was designed by Howerton+White, a Wichita-based, woman-owned, full-service advertising agency that recently opened a location in downtown Kansas City.

 

 

 

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