Missouri Business Events: May 26-June 1

Missouri Business Events provides a weekly look at conferences, classes, 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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Tuesday

Southtown Waldo Brookside Networking

8-9 a.m. at Fiddly Fig (22 W. 63rd St., Kansas City)

This is an opportunity to visit with businesses from Southtown, Waldo and Brookside business owners and create great partnerships at Fiddly Fig.

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The Basics of Writing a Business Plan

9 a.m.-noon at Direct Impact Business Education Center (10263 St. Charles Rock Road, St. Louis)

Thinking about starting your own business, being your own boss and enjoying the life of an entrepreneur? Fantastic! Of course you have a business plan, have secured funding, and have hired an accountant and lawyer, right? Writing a Business Plan is a three-hour workshop created for those considering going into business for themselves. In just three hours, you will learn key elements of a business plan including …

  • Writing style tips.
  • Required content.
  • How to use a business plan as a management tool.
  • A greater understanding of what a business plan should look like and how to get started.

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Ice House Entrepreneurship Program

5:30-8:30 p.m. at Innovation Center (4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City)

Have a business idea but don’t know where to start? Do you want to learn how to be an entrepreneur? The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program combines classroom and online coursework to teach 8 essentials of an entrepreneurial mindset using the business canvas process to inspire and engage participants. Hearing from unlikely yet successful entrepreneurs, participants will learn to evaluate business opportunities from a practical method inspired by the life story of Clifton Taulbert. This course is a revolutionary new learning program designed to inspire and engage participants in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset and the unlimited opportunities it can provide. The overall objective is to empower learners through entrepreneurial thinking and immerse them in entrepreneurial experiences that will enable them to develop entrepreneurial skills. With market testing, you will also be using a canvas tool to test assumptions rather than utilizing traditional business planning.

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Wednesday

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 Springfield

9-10 a.m. at The eFactory (405 North Jefferson, Springfield)

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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Northland 1 Million Cups Live Stream

9-10 a.m. at Armour Loft (406 Armour Road, North Kansas City)

There is a convenient location for Northlanders to watch a live-stream video link from the Kauffman Foundation event which also provides networking opportunities with others in the Northland.

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Why Export

11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Innovation Center (4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City)

This seminar will present key information for business owners seeking to expand sales into international markets. Attend this session to learn about: the value of exporting as part of your business strategy, the benefits of exporting, who’s exporting and to where, international trade assistance resources and network, who is who and who does what, accessing and using the network to your benefit, international trade core concepts, global business management, global marketing, supply chain management, trade finance, case studies of successful exporters.

Lunch will be provided.

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Olathe Chamber of Commerce: Business Lunch Series

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ball Conference Center/KVC (21350 West 153rd St., Olathe, Kan.)

Gateway Project Update.

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Missouri State Affairs Wrap-Up Luncheon

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at The American Restaurant (200 East 25th St., Kansas City)

The KC Chamber is pleased to announce its annual Missouri State Affairs Wrap-Up Luncheon. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 28 starting 11:30 a.m. at The American Restaurant. Senate Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard and House Majority Floor Leader John Diehl have accepted our invitation. Lunch is $40 per person (Public Policy Council members receive two complimentary seats).

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Doing Business with Macedonia

11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. at Denton’s Truman Conference Center (4520 Main St., #900, Kansas City)

The meeting will be led by Ambassador Jolevski, and will include presentations from the Macedonian Minister of Investment, the Macedonian Free Zones Authority, and the U.S. Department of Commerce:

  • U.S. – Macedonia Relations
  • Economic Policy & Business Climate Update
  • Free Economic Zones in Macedonia: Advantages & Case Studies
  • U.S. Exports to the Republic of Macedonia

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Financing Your Small Business

4-5:15 p.m. at Women’s Business Center, Enterprise Center of Johnson County (8527 Bluejacket, Lenexa, Kan.)

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?

Attend a free informational session to learn about several programs designed to help fund small businesses. You’ll hear from community partners Justine Petersen, NetWork Kansas and the Women’s Business Center.

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Thursday

Executive Leadership Series: Insights from the Top

7:30-9 a.m. at DoubleTree by Hilton Kansas City – Overland Park (10100 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan.)

Featuring David Gentile, President and Chief Executive Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City

Recently named to the Power 100, Kansas City Business Journal’s list of the region’s most influential leaders, David Gentile has made a significant impact on the direction of the healthcare landscape in Kansas City and the surrounding community. In spite of the rapid change brought on by the Affordable Care Act, Blue KC has experienced steady growth and continues to be recognized for its award-winning customer service, new and innovative products and for its philanthropic efforts. With a focus on community health and wellness, David will talk about his experience on how to lead in an environment of unprecedented change, challenge and uncertainty and how these times call for uncommon focus, creativity and discipline.

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Video 101

9:30-11:30 a.m. at KCK Chamber of Commerce (727 Minnesota, Kansas City, Kan.)

Video Marketing 101 – Using YouTube, Vimeo & Animoto plus Email Marketing to grow your business

Video marketing is a fantastic way to reach a broader audience with your engagement marketing as well as the perfect tool for customer service. Video is also now a major component of many social media channels. In this seminar, we will explore how to get started with video marketing on YouTube as well as alternate video marketing channels such as Vimeo. We will also explore the service Animoto.

This is NOT a hands-on seminar, computers are not a requirement.

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How to Win Government Contracts Through the 8(a) Program

10-11:30 a.m. at SBA St. Louis District Office (1222 Spruce St., Suite 10.103, St. Louis)
The seminar will cover the following:
  • What is the 8(a) Program
  • Benefits of the 8(a) Program
  • Applying for the 8(a) Program
NOTE: This event is in a federal building. Be prepared to go through security. Parking is available in the surrounding area (parking is not validated) and the building is close to Metrolink and Metrobus stops.

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Pitching to Investors Workshop

11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Enterprise Center of Johnson County (8527 Bluejacket, Lenexa, Kan.)

Learn about what investors need to know and want to see before making an investment in a start-up.

Presented by Michele Weigand, Managing Partner of Focused Perspective with over 27 years of Finance and Business Development experience.  Michele was the former Chief Investment Officer for KTEC and managed investments for GE Mortgage and GE Reinsurance.

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Using Prezi for Presentations Workshop

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at UMKC SBTDC (4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City)

Are you tired of apologizing for the use of PowerPoint in your presentations? Do you feel like it’s time to communicate your ideas in a fresh way? Prezi is the new canvas-based, zoom, fly and flow presentation environment that’s gaining popularity as an alternative to PowerPoint and Apple’s Keynote.

This workshop will be taught by Doug Allen, President of Allen’s Consulting. Lunch will be provided.

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Small Business Celebration Awards Luncheon

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Sheraton at Crown Center (2345 McGee St., Kansas City)

Meet and mingle with the CEOs/leaders of the 2014 Top 10 Small Businesses as we announce the Small Business of the Year Mr. ‘K’ Award, the Diverse Owned Business Award, the Legacy of KC Award, and the Aspirational Entrepreneur Award winners.

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Independence Annual Chamber Picnic on the Lawn

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Independence Chamber of Commerce Lawn (210 W. Truman Road, Independence)

Join your fellow Chamber Members for our Member Appreciation Day! Free food, music and a great time will be had!

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Good Day Grandview! Lunch

Noon-1:30 p.m. at The View (13500 Byars Road, Grandview)
 
Join your Chamber colleagues at the Good Day Grandview luncheon and community update.

Gail, Gail’s Harley Davidson, and Troy Nash, Economic Development – City of Grandview, will be the enthusiastic and entertaining anchors. Also we will have a surprise roving reporter providing news bits from the audience.

Organizational representatives will provide updates on local health care, education, roads, real estate, parks and recreation, public works, and possibly local media.

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Let’s Talk Series: Human Capital, Strategic Hires, Financial Incentives

4-6 p.m. at Missouri Bank – Greater Downtown Crossroads (125 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City)

You have questions about your startup, but don’t know who or where to turn. Finding trustworthy sources for the toughest problems you face can be a challenge, and doing it on a startup budget doesn’t make it any easier. There might be a solution. We hope so.

Silicon Prairie News and Missouri Bank are partnering to put on quarterly conversations in Kansas City over drinks, facilitated by entrepreneurs like yourselves, where your questions will be answered by experts in the fields to be discussed that night. It’s our joint mission to bridge the knowledge gap for you, the entrepreneurs, and help put you in position to build great companies.

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Lenders and Loans: The Five C’s of Financing Your Business

6-8:30 p.m. at Mid-Continent Public Library – Grain Valley Branch (110 Front St., Grain Valley)

Improve your chances of getting a business loan. Know what to do if your banker says no. Learn what you need to know to work with your banker: credit, collateral, cash, capacity and character. Understand the four parts of a loan, financial statements, interest, federal and state loan programs, alternate funding sources and how much your banker is really making.

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Friday

5th Friday Coffee

7:30-8:30 a.m. at National Bank of Kansas City (9750 North Ash Ave., Kansas City)

FREE Event- Join us for a great opportunity to network and enjoy coffee with a light breakfast.

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Independence Chamber Monthly Legislative Briefing

8-9:15 a.m. at Independence Chamber of Commerce Boardroom (210 West Truman Road, Independence)

Friday, May 30th, the monthly Legislative Briefing will be held at the Free Enterprise Center. The briefing is open to all Chamber members who are asked to register free of charge.

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SmartConnectKC Morning Coffee

8:30-9:45 a.m. at Archer Foundation (5250 West 116th Place, Suite 200, Leawood, Kan.)

Join us as we return to the Archer Foundation for the May SmartConnectKC morning coffee.  There you’ll meet a company that is feeding a changing world – Agspring.

SmartConnectKC is where you’ll find plenty of business networkers, like you.  And it’s the best hour and fifteen minutes of networking you’ll spend all month.  Feed your need to network!

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Paola Chamber Coffee

10-11 a.m. at TBA

Join the Chamber for coffee and networking.

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Saturday

CityCamp KC 2014

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

KC’s annual civic unconference. Civic-minded folks gather for a day of discussing, imagining and building.

You are the change you’ve been waiting for. Come hack your Kansas City. Help create the city you want to live in. The focus this year is on startups & the city.

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Starting and Growing an Online Business

9:15-11:45 a.m. at SCORE Office, Kirkwood PNC Bank Building (333 South Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood)

If you are interested in starting an online business to sell products or services online then this workshop is for you.  We will discuss how important it is to have a strategy before you begin working on your business.  We will also discuss what you need to know about operating and managing an online business and how to use sales and marketing techniques to drive business to your site.

In this workshop you will learn all aspects of an online business including:

  • Creating an Online Business Strategy
  • Understanding the Operations of an Online Business
  • Understanding How to Manage an Online Business
  • How to Use Sales and Marketing Techniques to Drive Business to Your Site
  • Understanding the Technology Needed to Run Your Online Business

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Lenders and Loans: The Five C’s of Financing Your Business

2-3:30 p.m. at Mid-Continent Public Library – North Independence Branch (317 West Hwy 24, Independence)

Improve your chances of getting a business loan. Know what to do if your banker says no. Learn what you need to know to work with your banker: credit, collateral, cash, capacity and character. Understand the four parts of a loan, financial statements, interest, federal and state loan programs, alternate funding sources and how much your banker is really making.

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Your Business Plan: The Entrepreneur’s Compass

2-3 p.m. at Woodneath Library Center (8900 North Flintlock Road, Kansas City)

Learn how to navigate the complexities of creating a comprehensive business plan. This six-week series covers product/service selection and pricing, niche marketing, analyzing economic and demographic trends, marketing and financial strategies. Instructor Karen Silins offers individualized input as you compose your new business plan.

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