Recently, I attended a conference for entrepreneurs, business support resource professionals, angel investors and venture capitalists. One of the themes that came up repeatedly was that communities in which female entrepreneurs thrive have healthy business ecosystems – with cause and effect moving in both directions. That is, in healthy business ecosystems woman-owned businesses have access to the resources that they need in order to be successful and woman-owned businesses contribute back to those ecosystems in many ways.
Though business ownership by women – especially women of color – has grown significantly in the past few decades, there are several measures by which women-owned businesses lag private sector businesses in general: access to capital; access to markets in certain industries; and gross revenue and jobs supported.
On May 3rd, the WU Kansas SBDC is hosting a day of workshops for Woman-Owned Businesses at the Milford Lake Conference Center at Acorns Resort in Geary County. The four workshops are Financing, Marketing, Certifications and Government Contracting for Woman-Owned Small Businesses. We encourage women and men looking to grow and create more economic impact from woman-owned businesses to register for the day and attend any or all of the workshops! This is an opportunity to learn about resources, make connections and network with other people involved in the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Our very knowledgeable presenters include: Imagene Harris of NetWork Kansas, Brande Stitt of the Kansas Women’s Business Center and of Women’s Capital Connection, Sheila Ellis-Glasper of SEG Media Collective, Teri Taylor of the U.S. SBA, Kristi Dunn of Kansas PTAC and Laurie Pieper of the WU Kansas SBDC.
Ways to register: Register online here, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to our sponsors for helping us to put on this day of workshops. Junction City and Geary County Economic Development Commission, Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation, the U.S. SBA, Kansas Department of Commerce, Washburn University Kansas SBDC and America’s SBDC Kansas.
Laurie Pieper, Ph.D.
Washburn University SBDC
America’s SBDC Kansas