Missouri Business Events: Nov. 18-24

Missouri Business Events provides a weekly look at conferences, training sessions, networking events and more for professionals across the state. All descriptions below are courtesy of the events’ organizers.

Check Missouri Business Alert’s event page for a calendar of events beyond this week, and contact us if you would like to add an event to the schedule.


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Monday

Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash

All day at Kauffman Foundation (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City)

The Kauffman Foundation is bringing the international competition Get in the Ring to the United States for the first time as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013.

The first U.S. national finals of “Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash” will give America’s most outstanding entrepreneurs an opportunity to compete against founders from across the country and around the world.

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Marc Ecko Book Talk: “Unlabel”

4-5:30 p.m. at Kauffman Labs (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City)

Once a graffiti artist with no connections or fashion pedigree, Marc Eckō left the safety net of pharmacy school to start his own company. Armed only with hustle, sweat equity and creativity, he flipped a $5,000 bag of cash into a global corporation now worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Ecko will share some of his most important lessons in creating an authentic brand and will sign free copies of his newly published book, Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out.

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Blue Valley CAPS Partner Networking Event

6- 7:30 p.m. at CAPS (7501 Wes 149th Terrace, Overland Park, Kan.)

This is a networking event hosted by CAPS, a high school educational program run by the Blue Valley School District. The event is designed for CAPS mentors, business partners and sponsors, but everyone is welcome to attend.

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Speiler’s Toastmasters

6:30-8:30 p.m. at Denny’s (10480 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kan.)

We meet every 1st and 3rd Monday of month to improve public speaking skills and encourage one another to be successful. Our group will increase your communication skills and increase the ability to effectively communicate with others.

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Tuesday

Business Continuing Education Series: Understand What Banks Look For When Considering Loan Applications (Session 1)

7:30 -9 a.m. at Independence Chamber of Commerce (210 West Truman Road, Independence)

Not all banks are created equal, but many of them focus on the same areas throughout the loan review process. Learn what documentation, projections and narratives you’ll need to prepare as well as tips to ensure you negotiate the best loan package available.

Experts will be on hand from Blue Ridge bank to present and answer any questions you may have.

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CONNECT @ The Roasterie: Celebrate Kauffman FastTrac’s First 20 Years

7:30-9:30 a.m. at The Roasterie Factory Cafe (1204 West 27th St., Kansas City)

Our popular Connect @ series of ‘cash mob-style’ networking events in Kansas City continues during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013. The morning event will officially serve as the  kickoff for Kauffman FastTrac’s 20th anniversary celebration! Come out to meet FastTrac leaders, graduates and participants, support the business efforts of Roasterie founder and one of the first-ever FastTrac grads, Danny O’Neil, and raise a coffee cup to the innovative and inspiring entrepreneurs at work around the globe.

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Entrepreneurs in Motion Breakfast

8-10 a.m. at University of Central Missouri, Summit Campus (850 Northwest Chipman Road, Door #54, Lee’s Summit)

This year’s Entrepreneurs in Motion Breakfast showcases LeeAnn Carlson, CEO of Lauren’s Hope, as the keynote speaker. Carlson will take the audience on her entrepreneurial journey, highlighting her rise to success.

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Strategic Business Planning

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Johnson County Community College (12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan.)

Can you afford to take the time to strategically plan your business? You can’t afford not to! This fast-paced, one-day seminar challenges you to look at your business differently. You’ll come away with a one-page blueprint for growing your company. Recommended for business owners and management team members, this valuable session is lead by an experienced facilitator and entrepreneur. Box lunches provided.

Demo Day GEW-KC 2013

11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. at Kauffman Town Hall (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City)

Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week by attending lunch, Demo Day pitches and a reception.

The event begins with lunch at noon in Kauffman Conference Center Town Hall. The featured speaker will be Bill Aulet of the Martin Trust Center at MIT. Aulet will address “Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup.”

Human Resources Roundtable

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Olathe Chamber of Commerce (18001 West 106th St., Suite 160, Olathe, Kan.)

These lunches offer human resource practitioners of member organizations a forum to discuss best practices, trends and issues. Held the third Tuesday of each month.

Business Continuing Education Series: Understand What Banks Look For When Considering Loan Applications (Session 2)

Noon-1:30 p.m. at Independence Chamber of Commerce (210 West Truman Road, Independence)

Not all banks are created equal, but many of them focus on the same areas throughout the loan review process. Learn what documentation, projections and narratives you’ll need to prepare as well as tips to ensure you negotiate the best loan package available.

Experts will be on hand from Blue Ridge bank to present and answer any questions you may have.

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The Basics of Writing a Business Plan

7:30-9 a.m. at Kansas City SCORE (4747 Troost Ave., Suite 104A, Kansas City)

This three-hour offering is for current and future business owners and entrepreneurs who have little or no knowledge of writing a business plan. “The Basics of Writing a Business Plan” is designed for business owners and managers who need to know how to create a business plan for their organization so the plan can be a useful management tool.

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Business Continuing Education Series: Understand What Banks Look For When Considering Loan Applications (Session 3)

5:30 – 7 p.m. at Independence Chamber of Commerce (210 West Truman Road, Independence)

Not all banks are created equal, but many of them focus on the same areas throughout the loan review process. Learn what documentation, projections and narratives you’ll need to prepare as well as tips to ensure you negotiate the best loan package available.

Experts will be on hand from Blue Ridge bank to present and answer any questions you may have.

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Construction Business Management

5:30-8:30 p.m. at Blue Hills Community Services (5008 Prospect Ave., Kansas City)

Construction Business Management® is targeted to existing construction industry businesses who want to develop a plan for growing their companies. Hindsight is 20/20, so use that to create a framework and a plan to improve your business performance.

In this course, you are an active participant working on your own business strategy. Facilitators are knowledgeable entrepreneur practitioners who are attuned to the issues that influence the decisions you make about your company, making the program meaningful by applying this knowledge to your business. On-going coaching enables you to access one-on-one input to continue to move your business ahead.

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FastTrac New Venture for Women

6-9 p.m. at Enterprise Center of Johnson County (8527 Bluejacket, Lenexa, Kan.)

You have an innovative idea for a business, but you’re not sure how and where to start.  FastTrac New Venture helps you define and evaluate your business concept. The Women’s Business Center program is designed for women entrepreneurs who prefer to learn in a women-only environment.

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Eastern Jack Retail Pitch

6-8 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn (19677 East Jackson Drive, Independence)

Recently, Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit noted substantial growth in their retail sector due to their efforts to connect local entrepreneurs and small businesses to the local resources available to assist them.

As part of this initiative, GrowBlueSprings and BoostLeesSummit will host a Regional Retail PitchON!.  Other communities participating include Oak Grove, Grain Valley, and Independence.

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Wednesday

Big Data KC

All day at Kansas City Convention Center (301 West 13th St., Kansas City)

BDKC (Big Data – Kansas City) is part of the global crowd-sourced Big Data Festival going on Nov. 20-21. The Big Data Festival (BDF) unites the data community around the world.

Kansas City has partnered with major cities to create a global platform for big data enthusiasts. With more than 25,000 attendees, you can expect a think-tank of our data community including: scientists, visualizers, architects, researchers, engineers, experts, beginners, professors, and learners. Our focus will be the challenges and opportunities presented by the growth of Big Data.

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Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship

7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City)

This event will bring mayors from the area and across the country to the Kauffman Foundation to discuss entrepreneurial opportunities for their cities.

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Business Solution Series: Entrepreneur Spotlight

8-9:30 a.m. at Upper Flint Building, Room 3619B (7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.)

Come listen to a variety of Kansas City’s most decorated entrepreneurs as they share their stories of what led them to their current success.

Presented by Thinking Bigger Business Media Inc. Cost is $10 to attend, breakfast and coffee are provided.

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1 Million Cups Columbia

9-10 a.m. at REDI (500 East Walnut, Columbia)

Every week, two entrepreneurs present their ventures and ask advice and assistance from the community. All are welcome to come see some of the newest ventures getting started around town, and join in the lively discussions and networking to follow.

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1 Million Cups Kansas City

9-10 a.m. at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City)

Every week, two entrepreneurs present their ventures and ask advice and assistance from the community. All are welcome to come see some of the newest ventures getting started around town, and join in the lively discussions and networking to follow.

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1 Million Cups St. Louis

9-10 a.m. at KETC (3655 Olive St., St. Louis)

Every week, two entrepreneurs present their ventures and ask advice and assistance from the community. All are welcome to come see some of the newest ventures getting started around town, and join in the lively discussions and networking to follow.

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Introduction to Government Contracting

9:30-10:30 a.m. at Johnson County Community College (12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan.)

This introductory seminar is an overview of the critical first steps associated with winning government contracts. The Heartland Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) presents information on how to get started in the government contracting arena including federal, state and local government registrations and certifications. The seminar will also cover Heartland PTAC services available to assist businesses in all aspects of government contracting.

The Road to Success: Creating a Marketing Plan

3:30-5:30 p.m. at Johnson County Community College (12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan.)

The road to success begins with a targeted marketing plan. In this changing economy a road map to increasing your business visibility will begin with the formation and development of a creative, targeted marketing plan that will include tactics, strategies and stay within your budget. You will leave with the tools you need to develop your own unique marketing plan.

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Microloan Informational Seminar

4-5 p.m. at Clean Slate (1900 Vine, Kansas City)

Need a loan to help start or grow your business? Unable to get a traditional bank loan due to start-up status, small size of loan, or credit issues?

You may be a candidate for the new Kansas City Microloan Program, co-sponsored by Justine PETERSEN and the Woman’s Business Center of OneKC for Women alliance with support from the KCMO CDE.

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eKC Explained 2013: Explaining KC’s Entrepreneurial Tipping Point – How Do You Plug In?

5:30-8 p.m. at Extreme Screen at Union Station (30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City)

Is Kansas City becoming the entrepreneurial capital of the U.S.?  Are we at the tipping point of eKC (Entrepreneurial Kansas City)?

Join us for an engaging Town Hall session featuring some of eKC`s key strategic players as they share their views on what`s happening and the meaning behind it.  Stay informed. Find out how YOU plug in!

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Command Your Cash

5:30-8:30 p.m. at Kansas City SCORE (4747 Troost Ave., Suite 104A, Kansas City)

This course is designed for business owners, managers, accountants, bankers (commercial lenders and their staff) and consultants who have limited knowledge of financial statements and how to use them effectively.

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Thursday

Big Data KC

All day at Kansas City Convention Center (301 West 13th St., Kansas City)

BDKC (Big Data – Kansas City) is part of the global crowd-sourced Big Data Festival going on November 20-21, 2013. The Big Data Festival (BDF) unites the data community around the world.

Kansas City has partnered with major cities to create a global platform for big data enthusiasts. With over 25,000 attendees, you can expect a think-tank of our data community including: scientists, visualizers, architects, researchers, engineers, experts, beginners, professors, and learners. Our focus will be the challenges and opportunities presented by the growth of Big Data.

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FastTrac Business Education Series (Session 4)

7:30-10 a.m. at Kauffman Foundation (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City)

Arvest Bank is teaming up with the Kauffman FastTrac to host a 4 class series offered to small businesses. The classes will be catered to each life cycle of a business. The fourth session is dedicated to businesses in the mature and declining phase (established 8+ years) and will cover retirement savings options and exit strategies.

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GovFest 2013

10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Johnson County Library (9875 West 87th St., Overland Park, Kan.)

The Johnson County Library, in partnership with the JCCC Kansas Small Business Development Center(KSBDC) and KCSourceLink,would like to invite you to exhibit at no cost at GovFest 2013.

This event is part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, an initiative of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. GovFest brings entrepreneurs together with nonprofit and government agencies, to foster and grow small businesses in the community.

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SMCKC November Pro Luncheon

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at 419 Event Space (419 East 18th St., Kansas City)

Using Social Media Campaigns for Cause Marketing: A Case Study on How the PKD Foundation Uses Campaigns to Reach New Audiences

Angela and the Foundation’s marketing team (Mark Solis, Sara Kiszka and Mary Young) will discuss their integrated strategic approach in blending the Foundation’s key platforms, developing calls to action, and establishing design elements. Learn how you can use this approach for effective cause marketing, including preparing for #GivingTuesday 2013 (on Dec. 3).

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Missouri Networking

Noon-1 p.m. at Old Spaghetti Factory (17384 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield)

Bring 30-40 business cards and buy your own lunch.

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Founder’s School Live: Having Sales Conversations

1-2:30 p.m. at Kauffman Labs (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City)

Craig Wortmann, CEO & Founder of Sales Engine, will ask “How do work a room? Or a phone? How do you know when you are in a ‘sales’ conversation? And once you are, how do you qualify potential customers and then handle their inevitable objections?” These are some of the most challenging skills and disciplines for entrepreneurs to tackle when they focus on selling.

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Making Money Making Music

1-5 p.m. at Kansas City Kansas Community College (6565 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.)

Have a band? Need more support? This event offers experts who will help you reach your innovative potential! We offer the following sessions: Studio Recording and Technology, Business Elements, The Logistics, and Creative Development.

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Opportunity Analysis JCCC

2:30-3:30 p.m. at Johnson County Community College (12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan.)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to assess the current economic, social and political climate for small businesses. In addition, the student should be able to explain how demographic, technological and social changes create opportunities for small business ventures. This course is required for the associate of applied science degree in business entrepreneurship.

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Reverse Pitch

3-5 p.m. at Union Station Board Room (30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City)

Reverse Pitch, presented by KCnext and the Kansas City Corporate Startup Collaborative (CSC), will be held during Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kansas City. During this marquee event, corporate representative will ‘pitch’ ideas to entrepreneurs and innovators in the Kansas City community.

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Taking an Idea to Market

4- 6 p.m. at Kauffman Labs (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City)

Successful entrepreneurs share their stories and experience in taking an idea from conception to start-up. Geared toward high school students working on capstone projects in Project Lead the Way Engineering Design and Development course. Information will include strategies for success as well as challenges faced in the process.

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KCnext Fall Networking: Digital Sandbox KC – Angel Capital Group Showcase

5:30-8 p.m. at Union Station (30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City)

Local investors are showcasing the innovations of their portfolio companies in an interactive way for the community to see the innovation taking place in their backyard. Also on hand will be Digital Sandbox KC companies showcasing the startups of the future.

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Entrepreneur Night at the Kansas City, Kan. Public Library

6-7:30 p.m. at Kansas City, Kansas Public Library (625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan.)

Join us for an informative evening for entrepreneurs! Graduates of the Icehouse Entrepreneurship Program will be talking about their experiences both with the program and in the business world. Also, KCSourceLink will be presenting on how we can help aspiring entrepreneurs pursue their goal of small business ownership.

Legal Issues for Small Business

6-9:30 p.m. at Johnson County Community College (12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan.)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to identify the forms of business ownership and the legal and tax implications for each. In addition, the student should be able to explain laws covering issues such as personnel, contracts and protection of intellectual property. The student should also be able to explain the reporting requirements for local, state and federal agencies. This course is required for the associate of applied science degree and the vocational certificate in business.

Friday

Startup Waffles

7:30-9:30 a.m. at Think Big Coworking (1800 Baltimore, 6th Floor, Kansas City)
  • Are you a founder, hacker, innovator or investor?
  • Do you like free all-you-can-eat-yummy waffles?

If you answered yes to both of those questions, then come celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with Kansas City’s most talented entrepreneurs!

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Build a Banking Relationship That Works

8:30-10 a.m. at The Roasterie (1204 West 27th St., Kansas City)

Kick-start your morning with Senior Vice President of Missouri Bank, Julie Nelson Meers. Her experience as a small business owner and as a lending officer who’s worked with hundreds of small businesses gives Julie a unique perspective. She’ll explain how to establish a strong relationship with your bank by sharing what financiers are looking for and how to put your best foot forward. for those with an established banking relationship, she’ll provide tips on keeping strong during tough times. Julie will also offer alternatives to raising capital when bank financing isn’t an option. Appropriate for new and existing business owners. Coffee and pastries will be provided.

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Entrepreneurs and Social Media Panel Discussion

9-10 a.m. at Kauffman Foundation (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City)

Join us as we bring together area entrepreneurs and small business owners for a social media-focused panel discussion. Learn how these successful business leaders leverage the power of social media while growing and managing a small or early-stage business.

This panel will be moderated by Aaron Deacon, President of the Social Media Club of Kansas City. Confirmed panelists: Alicia Herald, myEDmatch; Jerry Nevins – Snow & Co.; Callie England – Rawxies.

Mega Chamber Small Business Meetup & Social Media Marketing Tour

9:30 a.m.- Noon at Woodneath Public Library, Community Hall 1 & 2 (8900 Northeast Flintlock Road, Kansas City)

Grow your business, referrals, reach and marketing results. Don’t miss out – register today!

SocialUP! with small business owners like you. Take away helpful marketing resources, tools, tips, and strategies. Connect with people and organizations that can help you grow your business, referrals, reach and results!

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Founder’s School Live: How to Captivate Any Audience in 30 Seconds (Presentation and Workshop)

10 a.m.-Noon at Woodneath Public Library, Community Hall 1 & 2 (8900 Northeast Flintlock Road, Kansas City)

Nathan Gold is an internationally known presentation and pitch coach who will teach you how to engage and captivate any audience whether 1 or 1,000 people. Entrepreneurs and business people will learn how to design and implement their own specific value statement.  A brainstorming exercise will engage all participants in applying new knowledge to the discovery of more compelling ways to articulate the value of what they do and why they do it.

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Kansas City Lean Startup Machine

6-7 p.m. at Kauffman Labs (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City)

Do you have an idea? Working on a startup? Curious about LEAN?

The one and only Lean Startup Machine workshop is coming BACK to KC for a third time. You will spend 3 days learning lean methodologies by running experiments, talking to customers, and validating a solution to a problem for a customer. To learn more about the workshop, check out Kauffman’s e360 blog.

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