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Monday, November 14
 

8:00am CST

Self-Care and the Importance of Pause
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life? Are you starting to experience burnout or are you past that and completely exhausted? We all have been there! Learn how an accident caused speaker Joy Broils to pause almost overnight and what she learned from that experience. She will also share some tips for self-care and will talk about her journey to find her pause.

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avatar for Joy Broils

Joy Broils

Founder, Hustle & Ground
I'm honored to be speaking at GEW!  I started my career as an attorney, transitioned to a stay-at-home mom and ran an online business, and then re-entered the workforce for several opportunities.  Now I'm the Founder/Owner of Hustle & Ground, a lifestyle company that focuses on... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2022 8:00am - 9:00am CST
iWerx Pavilion

8:00am CST

The Difference between Mental Health and Mental Illness
What’s the difference between mental health and mental illness? If you think an internet search for this will get you a straight answer, try again. In this presentation, you will learn the difference and how to manage your mental state.

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avatar for Cody Isabel

Cody Isabel

CEO & Co-Founder, Rewrite & Rise | CBA Intelligence
Hi, I'm Cody. I’m a Brain Researcher & Entrepreneur.I am the CEO and Co-Founder of Rewrite and Rise, which is a Mind Brain and Body Lab that focuses on bringing successful treatment outcomes to those healing from emotional abuse, burnout, or an identity crisis like after a breakup... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2022 8:00am - 9:00am CST
Virtual

8:00am CST

Focus30: Conquering Big Goals by Crunching Time
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

As an entrepreneur, you clearly have the drive and heart to make your business a reality. But does scaling your business to the next level feel impossible since you spend all day scrambling and constantly managing everything for everyone else?

There are simple solutions to shift from this state of overwhelm to calm and in control.

Join us for a live session that will reveal a new approach to productivity starting with changing your relationship to time, tasks and triaging. We will put it all into action right there in the session. Experience a signature Focus30 sessions that will leave you feeling accomplished and ready to conquer the week ahead. Bring your laptop!

For those that want to join remotely, login to join us at: 

https://debfeder.com/focus30-live


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avatar for Deb Feder

Deb Feder

Founder and CEO, Feder Development
Deb Feder is a business development coach, strategist, owner and CEO of Feder Development LLC, a consulting firm focused on helping lawyers, professionals, and business owners bring in consistent clients through curious, confident conversations and changing the way we view productivity... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2022 8:00am - 9:00am CST
Restless Spirits Distilling Company

8:00am CST

How to Upgrade Your Brand to Web 3.0 and Innovate Your Small Business for the Future
Limited Capacity full
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As the web begins its next evolution to Web 3.0, many small and medium-sized business owners feel like they are being left behind. The new privacy laws require widgets that give users instant access to customizable privacy options, social media is no longer the most effective and cost-friendly way to reach new customers, and Google search updates have cut organic search traffic to a trickle for non-compliant websites.  Privacy laws are threatening to take features away that many business owners depend on like Google maps, and so much more.

Websites are no longer simple. Now to be competitive, one must use automation tools, chatbots, and cloud technologies that allow their sites to load faster.  It is one thing to keep up with the latest web technologies, but now you must add apps, online communities, and other features to keep up with the changing technology. If your site/app is not compliant and keeping up with the new technologies, Google will cut your search traffic quoting you have a low quality website/app.

If the learning curve wasn't enough, the cost of all these changes are in the upwards of $1,000 to $1,500/mo. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to integrate new technologies and give your website a Web 3.0 facelift without breaking the bank. You will also be given a clearer understanding as to why so much is shifting about the web simultaneously.

This workshop will give you guidance and hints on how to adjust and remain visible as the rules for being an online business continue to shift. To participate, you just need your laptop. We will actively start the process of transforming your web presence for the future in-workshop!
You will receive a free, no credit card required, 14-day trial during this workshop to use our platform and you will learn how to use and build a funnel.  By the end of our workshop, most, if not all of your funnel for a product or service you provide via your company will be completed.  We will demonstrate how to use our drag and drop funnel builder, email marketing tools, and provide you with an e-book and additional training resources to help you continue to upgrade your brand, even after our workshop!

Session Hosts
avatar for Kia McClain

Kia McClain

CEO, Made Speedy
Since 2005, I have been using my tech expertise to help build brands bigger, stronger, hyper-engaging, and disruptive based on a formula that I am always perfecting as technology changes.  I specialize in A.I.-based solutions, SaaS, cloud technology, and automation to help brands... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2022 8:00am - 9:30am CST
iWerx Conference Room
  Startup

9:00am CST

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Do you doubt your skills and abilities, even when you know you're qualified? Do you shrink when you really want to speak up, thinking no one wants to hear what you have to offer? Do you talk yourself out of asking for what you want or need? That's imposter syndrome! And every entrepreneur has suffered from its effects at one time or another. After this session, you'll be able to:
• identify self-limiting stories that are at the root of imposter syndrome
• learn which inner voice can be trusted and which to ignore
• learn ways to overcome imposter syndrome, every time it comes up

Session Hosts
avatar for Cami Travis-Groves

Cami Travis-Groves

owner, camiimac
I help creatives find out what they're made of, what makes them amazing, and help them peel away layers of self-limiting beliefs (like imposter syndrome) to shine at their absolute best.


Monday November 14, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Virtual
  Startup

9:15am CST

1-Minute Meditation
Limited Capacity seats available

You have tried meditation and can't seem to stop those thoughts. I get it! This session will ground you and teach you meditation by helping you practice it, one
minute at a time. (Please add 1-2 sentences about how meditation can support entrepreneurs)

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Monday November 14, 2022 9:15am - 10:15am CST
Restless Spirits Distilling Company

9:30am CST

Navigating the Minefield of Funding Options for Small Businesses
Limited Capacity seats available

Understand the types of funding available, how to qualify for them and the pros/cons to each type. Learn about lines of credit, term loans, working capital, merchant cash advances, government credits and more.  This session will be generally focused on revenue earning companies looking to understand how debt instruments can impact your scaling buisness. There will be a Q&A to address other scenarios that small business owner face as well.

Session Hosts
avatar for Alex Wigginton

Alex Wigginton

CEO, Halcyon Capital
Small Business Consultation and Financing - Company Strategy, Finance & Planning, Sales & Marketing Strategy, Mentoring, Restructuring Ecosystems.Passion is rooted in helping Small Businesses navigate and understand how to use debt instruments and financial growth impact from the... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2022 9:30am - 10:30am CST
iWerx Pavilion
  Scalers

9:45am CST

Book a Business Librarian
Limited Capacity filling up

Build a better business with the public library! Join Hadiza SaAadu from the Community Reference team at Kansas City Public Library and Kelly Head from the Square One team at Mid-Continent Public Library for a look at the multiple resources and services that Kansas City’s public libraries have available to support you from demographic research to LinkedIn Learning and beyond. All for free! Attendees will have the opportunity for a 30-minute individual session with the librarian of your choice during the week of GEW. Can’t attend? Message for details on how to sign up for an individual session.

Session Hosts
avatar for Kelly Head

Kelly Head

Business Information Librarian, Mid-Continent Public Library
Square One Small Business Services at Mid-Continent Public Library offers entrepreneurs and small business owners a wealth of resources to help grow a business. Schedule a free 1-on-1 virtual session with me here: https://www.mymcpl.org/square-one


Monday November 14, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am CST
iWerx Conference Room

10:30am CST

Be Your Own Analyst: How to Process Map
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Your idea is laid out perfectly in your head, but how do you communicate it to others? Whether you are trying to scale up business operations, delegate responsibilities or get an idea scratched out for future review and iteration, Business Process Modeling Notation should be a tool in your entrepreneurial arsenal. By creating a visual depiction of all branches in a given process, you can uncover missing details and easily convey information to other parties. Bring a process and we can map it together.

Session Hosts
avatar for Greer Banks

Greer Banks

Tech Titan Consulting
I connect ideas, people, and technology across an organization to eliminate inefficiencies. I get to the heart of process painpoints by listening intently and asking open ended questions. Once I understand the issue, I collaborate to find a solution, then draft system designs where... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2022 10:30am - 11:30am CST
Restless Spirits Distilling Company

10:30am CST

Reduce Anxiety about Your Business
Limited Capacity seats available

There are lots of unknowns when you are an entrepreneur. Handing uncertainty, stress of the day-to-day business, big decisions, past trauma and more. Lean how to get control over your anxiety so you can be your best self with your business. We will walk you through a 14-page workbook to give you options around how to be you best self with your business. High-level entrepreneurs on Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island called this presentation the most simple and powerful training ever about anxiety.

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Monday November 14, 2022 10:30am - 11:30am CST
iWerx Pavilion
  Startup

11:00am CST

Run an EASIER Business with Systems
Limited Capacity full
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Running a business shouldn’t be hard; it should be easy and attainable, especially since you’re beyond the startup phase. Systems are the key to delivering on your promise, maintaining your brand, maintaining consistency and exceeding client expectations. In this keynote, Amber Monaco, certified director of operations, inspires business owners to embrace systems so that there is more time in the business for creativity and strategy. With just a few systems in place, you will EMPOWER yourself and your team to build something you’re truly proud of.

Session Hosts
avatar for Amber Monaco

Amber Monaco

Systems Expert, You Need An Amber, LLC
Since she was little, Amber Monaco has found joy in bringing processes and systems to everyday life.  Aside from tediously filling out her planner and color-coding her bookshelf, she loves to turn the messy into the methodical. Amber’s past work includes US Navy, Department of... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
iWerx Conference Room
  Scalers

11:00am CST

How to Get Free Media Exposure for Your Business
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Yes, social media is a good way to spread your brand, but don't forget the power of TV, radio and podcasts. This session will show you how to tap into the audiences of these media sources to propel your business to the next level.

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Monday November 14, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Chicken N Pickle - Kansas City / Rooster Room
  Startup

11:00am CST

How to Put Together a Business Checklist
Reviewing revenue, expenses and receivable are essential to business growth and success. In this session, you'll learn how to answer these critical questions for your busniess.

Do you have a budget?
Why do you need a budget?
What are you using to keep track of your budget?
How do clients affect your revenue?
What are your best revenue sources?

Session Hosts
avatar for Sheri Berger

Sheri Berger

Award-Winning Transition Coach Life and Business|CEO, Here To there consulting
Sheri is an Award-Winning Transition Coach Life and Business| Speaker | Author | Trainer | Connector| MentorSheri Berger is the owner of Here To There Consulting. We educate business owners and give them the tools to balance life, business, and finances! We take them through the stages... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Virtual
  Startup

11:45am CST

Creating a Healthy and Sustainable Culture
Limited Capacity seats available

As business leaders, we naturally grow our teams and scale upward with revenue, reach and (hopefully) retention. What's the best way to get your team to do what you need them to as their leader? What's keeping you from feeling confident while you drive your company toward success? What ways do you naturally connect with your team members?

In this workshop, you'll learn exactly what it takes to build and sustain a strong, positive and healthy team culture, where people do the best work of their lives.

We'll cover topics such as psychological safety, accountability and growth. You'll get a questionnaire to give your team and learn clear takeaways that you can apply with your team immediately.

Join us for this session that will help you make the impact you've always wanted to as an entrepreneur.

Session Hosts
avatar for Haley Grayless, MSOD

Haley Grayless, MSOD

CEO & Founder, Vaxa Collective
I am passionate about creating workplace teams where people flourish personally and professionally! Team culture is something that has to be intentionally cultivated and maintained - especially by the leaders who are in charge of results from the team. Join my free Facebook community... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2022 11:45am - 1:15pm CST
Restless Spirits Distilling Company
  Startup

11:45am CST

How to Build a Million-Dollar Brand that No One Will Ever Forget
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

The founder of Kansas City's Blue Beetle Pest Control will discuss how to name your company, build a logo and align your marketing/advertising to your brand. Bonus: learn success principles on how to build a million dollar company that profits and grows while you're on the beach.

Session Hosts
avatar for Mitch Shipman

Mitch Shipman

Owner & Bug Baron, Blue Beetle Pest Management


Monday November 14, 2022 11:45am - 1:15pm CST
iWerx Pavilion

12:00pm CST

Community Creates Innovation
Build your community and ignite innovation! We welcome motivational speaker and DEI expert, Micha Mims as our session speaker. Micha brings a force of positivity and extensive workplace development knowledge to the table. Our session will focus on the value of physical space and community, and encouraging innovation together.

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avatar for Spark Kansas City

Spark Kansas City

Spark Kansas City and Startland News
First Impressions Coordinator at Spark Kansas City. 


Monday November 14, 2022 12:00pm - 1:30pm CST
Spark Coworking Kansas City

12:15pm CST

Selling Live on Instagram
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

How to transition your business from brick-and-mortar only to also selling on social media through live events.

Session Hosts
avatar for Chrysalyn Huff

Chrysalyn Huff

President, Re™
Co-Founder and creator of the brand RE (Restoration Emporium). Our flagship store is located in the Crossroads of Kansas City. In 2016 RE won First Place in a National Contest sponsored by Microsoft. Named as one of their "Small Business of the Year" and awarded $10,000. RE has also... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2022 12:15pm - 1:15pm CST
iWerx Conference Room
  Startup

12:15pm CST

You're the Boss, Not Your Phone
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

As entrepreneurs it's easy for us to spend long stretches of time working on our business, but research shows breaks and down time are massively important. And most of us know this but still struggle to find time to completely disconnect from work, especially now that we have a mini computer buzzing in our pockets at all hours. These mico-interruptions from our phone during our recharge time have an outsized negative effect. Learn six methods in this course to break the cycle and get a break from your phone so you can truly rest, relax, and recharge in your precious and limited time away from work.

Session Hosts
avatar for Jennifer Roberts

Jennifer Roberts

Owner, Time Honored Coaching
Jen is passionate about helping folks create time for what they really want to do in life. Time is the most valuable resource we have, and she teaches how to protect, create, and be intentional with your limited hours on this planet. In her spare time she creates and sells watercolor... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2022 12:15pm - 1:15pm CST
Chicken N Pickle - Kansas City / Rooster Room

1:00pm CST

Building Trust, Communication and Respect at Work: How to Thrive in a Multi-Generational Team Environment
The modern work environment often consists of multi-generational teams that need to achieve shared goals. Each generation is shaped by a unique set of historical events, and it is important for quality professionals to flex generational strengths. This presentation will examine the strengths of each living generation in the workplace from the Silent Generation to Generation Alpha, provide tools for successfully leveraging multi-generational teams and discuss emerging trends to stay relevant for future customers and employees.

Session Hosts
avatar for Douglas C Wood

Douglas C Wood

President, DC Wood Consulting, LLC
Process planning, control, improvement
avatar for Zac Jarrard

Zac Jarrard

President, Jarrard Consulting, LLC


Monday November 14, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm CST
Virtual

1:30pm CST

Customized Employment for People with Disabilities: How Entrepreneurship Can Move Us Forward
Limited Capacity seats available

Calling all entrepreneurs and advocates alike! What does it take to create an inclusive and diverse entrepreneurial community? Learn why Customized Employment is the way forward for people with disabilities to discover their personal genius and find economic success in a marketplace with zero exclusions. Tap into this unique and underutilized talent pool and leave with customized ways to expand your business.

Session Hosts
avatar for Anna Burgen

Anna Burgen

Senior Employment Specialist, Job One
 Anna is passionate about helping others recognize their purpose, grow their skills, and find opportunities for economic empowerment. She practices and trains others on Customized Employment throughout the state and leads service transformation through pilot programs and training... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2022 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
iWerx Pavilion

1:30pm CST

Join Endeavor’s Global Community Of, By, and For High-Growth Entrepreneurs
Limited Capacity filling up

Endeavor, a 25-year-old global nonprofit focused on helping scaling companies grow, is expanding to Kansas City! Our network of peer and expert support transcends borders, helping founders scale and multiply impact in their local ecosystems and beyond. Companies that are provided the resources to scale to over 50 employees have been proven to create jobs, increase regional wealth and inspire future generations of entrepreneurs. Learn more about who we are, how we support scaling founders and receive the latest update on our investment arm, Catalyst, which has $500MM in assets under management.

Session Hosts
SM

Shawn Morris

Entrepreneur Experience, Endeavor


Monday November 14, 2022 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Chappell's Restaurant & Sports Museum
  Scalers

1:30pm CST

How to Use your 401(k) or IRA to Start or Buy a Business
Limited Capacity filling up

Mickey Parker, CPA at Accelefund, will discuss a little known strategy for investing your 401(k) or IRA in your own business, without paying taxes and penalties on a retirement plan distribution. Yes, you can use your 401(k) or IRA or other pre-tax retirement as startup capital to buy or start a new business. Not a distribution or loan, not a self-directed IRA, no income taxes, no early withdrawal penalties. Join Mickey to learn more this business financing option that has been around for decades yet very few people seem to know about.

Session Hosts
avatar for Mickey Parker

Mickey Parker

CPA, Accelefund
I am a CPA who loves helping entrepreneurs start or buy a business using their retirement funds. Most people do not know this funding option exists so I enjoying teaching them how the process works.


Monday November 14, 2022 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
iWerx Conference Room
  Startup

1:30pm CST

LinkedIn Top 10 Profile 'Must-Haves'
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Networking has unlimited potential but only for those willing to take risks, work outside their comfort zones and explore new possibilities. Discover why people with dated mindsets get left behind when they neglect learning how LinkedIn can help them get ahead in today’s competitive business market. We don’t want you to ATTEND this keynote or masterclass; we invite you to EXPERIENCE it with interactive activities designed to inspire both new and advanced platform users.

Kari Mirabal’s edgy delivery will make you laugh and motivate you to take further action on LinkedIn. Hear how she’s leveraged 15+ years of experience to build and sustain mutually beneficial relationships. Discover how to attract others to your profile, must-hear things to avoid when on the platform and learn proven LinkedIn strategies through real-world examples shared. This topic isn’t for everyone — only those ready to create improved professional outcomes for themselves, their team and their company.

TOP AUDIENCE TAKEAWAYS

- Discover top 10 LinkedIn profile “must-haves”
- Explore ways LinkedIn helps increase business success
- Hear Kari’s three-step networking strategy
- Learn how to attract (and sustain) new network connections

Session Hosts
avatar for Kari Mirabal

Kari Mirabal

Keynote Speaker, Kari Mirabal
Kari Mirabal, International keynote and TEDx speaker, author, and consultant shares innovative networking strategies to help professionals leverage the power of authentic connection.  Mirabal shares knowledge gathered from decades of experience and whose clients include Fortune 500... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2022 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Chicken N Pickle - Kansas City / Rooster Room
  Startup

2:00pm CST

Give Your Team The Bird: Communication & Building Together
In the world of improvised comedy, we don't have a script, but we have a cheat-code called "Yes, and ... ." We use it to make pretend in front of people for laughter, but did you know that it's also one of the most versatile tools a human can use? Yes, even you in business! Join The Bird Comedy Theater as we take you through techniques and tricks we use to communicate in the moment, build together towards a common goal and just have a lot of silly, silly fun!

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Monday November 14, 2022 2:00pm - 3:30pm CST
The Bird Comedy Theater

2:30pm CST

Level Up Your Beauty Business
Join Savvy Salon KC in partnership with the Kansas City G.I.F.T. organization for an in-depth panel discussion with successful local beauty entrepreneurs from different walks of life to help you unlock amazing concepts that will take your business to the next level. They will dig in to strategies and best practices to help you thrive as a beauty entrepreneur. This event will be held at the Kansas City G.I.F.T. business center, a hub for local entrepreneurs to get free resources, coaching and free grants to start/grow their business.

Session Hosts
avatar for Rickey Leathers

Rickey Leathers

Savvy Salon KC
Hello all! I am a purpose driven entrepreneur in the beauty industry. I have an expertise in digital marketing, strategic planning, and human resource management. Entrepreneurship is a true passion of mine! Growing small business and helping others do the same is what makes me come... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2022 2:30pm - 4:00pm CST
Kansas City GIFT Business Center

2:45pm CST

Squarespace and Shopify and WordPress ... Oh, My: Choosing a Website Builder for Artists and Creatives
Limited Capacity seats available

Squarespace, Shopify and WordPress are some of the biggest players in the website builder space. But how do you choose the right one for you? As a serial entrepreneur who has used all three, Jen Roberts will give an overview of each platform so you can make an informed decision without the hassle of comparing them yourself. This session is great for makers, artists and creatives who don't yet have a website or anyone considering migrating to one of these platforms.

Session Hosts
avatar for Jennifer Roberts

Jennifer Roberts

Owner, Time Honored Coaching
Jen is passionate about helping folks create time for what they really want to do in life. Time is the most valuable resource we have, and she teaches how to protect, create, and be intentional with your limited hours on this planet. In her spare time she creates and sells watercolor... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2022 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
iWerx Pavilion

2:45pm CST

Bold Brand Positioning
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Ineffective branding can leave you feeling overwhelmed and struggling to reach ideal clients. Bold Brand Positioning will challenge your brand, encourage you to think deeper and empower you to go forth with strategies to brand effectively and more confidently!

On the waitlist? No worries! Join me on zoom: 

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84371669015?pwd=VFJkT28vSWRCOS94MFowZ2c2ZE1vUT09

Session Hosts
avatar for Mary-Catherine Reinert

Mary-Catherine Reinert

Branding Strategist, BP Creative Group


Monday November 14, 2022 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Chicken N Pickle - Kansas City / Rooster Room

2:45pm CST

Is Your Business in JEOPARDY!?
Limited Capacity seats available

SWOT your small business! We're helping you attack the "T" on your SWOT. A common "T"hreat for all business is "T"axes. We'll introduce some concepts through a game of Jeopardy and you'll learn how to audit-proof business AXE tax liabilities, maximize refunds and develop a tax strategy that you can implement today. The whole audience will be engaged during the game, while game participants will compete for a $100 and bragging rights.

Session Hosts
avatar for Nicola Price

Nicola Price

President, B2BC Mobile Tax & Soluions


Monday November 14, 2022 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Chappell's Restaurant & Sports Museum

2:45pm CST

Two Secret Listening Strategies for Entrepreneurs
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Only 2% of the population ever receives listening training, yet customers make buying decisions every day based on the perceived listening of the seller. You don’t want to be known as the entrepreneur that doesn’t listen! Come to this session to learn three strategies that will increase your trust, likeability and chance to make the sale! (There are conflicting numbers in your discription and title, can you confirm it is two or three listening)

Session Hosts
avatar for Laura A Janusik

Laura A Janusik

CEO, Listening to Change, LLC
Entrepreneurs can have a variety of talents and skills that make them great, and they can vary from person to person. Just think about what makes YOU great! But, one skill that can’t vary as much is that of Communication! Communication is about both Speaking and Listening. As a... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2022 2:45pm - 4:15pm CST
iWerx Conference Room

4:00pm CST

2022 Global Entrepreneurship Week Kickoff, sponsored by Husch Blackwell
Join us for the official kickoff of Global Entrepreneurship Week Kansas City. This happy hour event, hosted at Chicken N Pickle - Kansas City, will be a fun way to connect early with GEWKC participants and learn more about the week to come. The event will also include a fireside chat, learning from local established business owners and how they have navigated the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Moderator
Panelists
Agenda
  • 3:30 pm - Doors Open/Networking
  • 4:20 pm - Panel Discussion
  • 5:00 pm - Networking Continues
  • 7:00 pm - Event Ends


Session Hosts
avatar for Chante Keller

Chante Keller

Network Convener, KCSourceLink
Chanté Keller knows someone you should meet. A natural facilitator and listener who has a knack for tending to the heart of the community, Chanté helps people in Kansas City navigate the waters of entrepreneurship by connecting them to the right resource at the right time.If you... Read More →
avatar for Michael Carmona

Michael Carmona

Senior Director, KCSourceLink
Experienced and passionate Community Developer with a demonstrated success leading and supporting community and economic initiatives in underserved areas of the community with specialization in finance, public policy, urban planning, and business development. Skilled in nonprofit... Read More →



Monday November 14, 2022 4:00pm - 7:00pm CST
Chicken N Pickle - Kansas City (Rooftop)

4:00pm CST

Artrepreneur's Art Reception for GEWKC
Limited Capacity seats available

A Happy Hour to celebrate Kansas City's dynamic Black Creative Community! Join us for art, music, books, and conversation about the entrepreneurial journeys of these artists!

Session Hosts
avatar for Janice Jensen

Janice Jensen

owner, Jan Jensen Artists
My mission is to share the works and stories of local artists through events, interviews, speaking engagements and social media.  Way Fun!!!!


Monday November 14, 2022 4:00pm - 7:00pm CST
iWerx Pavilion
 
Tuesday, November 15
 

8:00am CST

Create Your 30-Day Social Media Calendar
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Consistency is crucial when navigating the social media algorithms, but finding the time to post can be really difficult for business owners. Join Hanna Taylor from Square One Small Business Services by Mid-Continent Public Library as she helps you brainstorm, create and schedule your monthly social media content for your business. Please note, this class is for individuals who already have a Facebook Page set up but need help with content creation and scheduling.

Participant Take-aways:

-Distinguish the difference between content that provides value and content with a call-to-action.
-Brainstorm 12-15 content ideas to use for social media accounts.
-Organize and plan content on a 30-day calendar.

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Tuesday November 15, 2022 8:00am - 9:00am CST
iWerx Conference Room

8:00am CST

Tiktok Saved Our Business!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Learn how to grow your social presence, create brand awareness and automate leads for your business. So many business owners undervalue the power of social media and what it can do for their business. From testing sales copy, to value creation, to lead generation, social media can be used for it all.

In this workshop we will walk through picking a social media platform for you or your business, automating content creation for that platform, testing your copy and offers, and automating lead generation (how to build a funnel). Whether you are a creator or a business owner, this session can help you add to your bottom line.

Session Hosts
avatar for Gwen Gillette

Gwen Gillette

CEO & Co-Founder, CBA Intelligence | Rewrite & Rise
Hi, I'm Gwen. I’m an Artificial Intelligence Engineer & Entrepreneur.I am the CEO and Co-Founder of CBAi, our mission is to provide actionable intelligence to increase revenues, eliminate guessing, and aid in preventing worker burnout by automating mindless tasks and assisting with... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2022 8:00am - 9:30am CST
Restless Spirits Distilling Company
  Startup

8:00am CST

Made to Scale: Lessons Learned from Local Entrepreneurs, Networking Breakfast with The Kansas City Business Journal
Limited Capacity filling up

The Kansas City Business Journal will talk to successful entrepreneurs about how they’ve scaled their businesses, the challenges they’ve faced and how they continue to manage growth.

Featured panelists are: 

Maria Flynn: acquisition coach, former director at Cerner Corp, and former CEO of Orbis Biosciences. She became Orbis Biosciences’ first employee in 2008, and as CEO, she led the company through its sale in 2020 to Adare Pharmaceuticals. 

Ben Schultz: founder of LaborChart, which developed real-time workforce management software for the construction industry. The company, whose revenue growth had been doubling every year, sold in 2021 to Procore Technologies.

Isaac Collins: owns three Yogurtini's, including one he bought and scaled five months into the pandemic. He also is founder and CEO of Streamlined Profit Academy which coaches  entrepreneurs on how to scale their companies.

Bo Lais: co-founder and CEO of property tech startup Lula, which raised $3 million earlier this year. Its pivot to focusing on its ideal customer helped revenue skyrocket by 300% in 2021.

Melanie Bolin: co-founder of Mersea, a lifestyle company whose products are carried in 1,300 stores. In 2018, it ranked No. 279 on the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, with a 1,750% three-year revenue growth rate.  


Session Hosts
avatar for Leslie Collins

Leslie Collins

Reporter, Kansas City Business Journal
avatar for Chante Keller

Chante Keller

Network Convener, KCSourceLink
Chanté Keller knows someone you should meet. A natural facilitator and listener who has a knack for tending to the heart of the community, Chanté helps people in Kansas City navigate the waters of entrepreneurship by connecting them to the right resource at the right time.If you... Read More →
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Michael Carmona

Senior Director, KCSourceLink
Experienced and passionate Community Developer with a demonstrated success leading and supporting community and economic initiatives in underserved areas of the community with specialization in finance, public policy, urban planning, and business development. Skilled in nonprofit... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2022 8:00am - 10:00am CST
iWerx Pavilion

9:15am CST

How NOT to Start Your Startup: Lessons From 20 Years in Silicon Valley
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

You can learn a lot from negative example. With any luck, this session will save you some of the trouble. Topics include: How NOT to Put Together Your Team, How NOT to Pitch Your Idea, How NOT to Make Your Cap Table and many others.

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avatar for Mark Schroeder

Mark Schroeder

Startup consultant and advisor
I got my first taste of entrepreneurial technology in Silicon Valley in 2000, at the peak of the insanity of the Dot.Com boom.  Over the next twenty years I alternated between working on startups and for large Taiwan/China companies whose customer bases were SV tech companies, primarily... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2022 9:15am - 10:15am CST
iWerx Conference Room

9:45am CST

Marketing for the 21st Century: Rethinking Your Strategy with an AI Developer
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Businesses and creators can use social media to gain trust with their customers, market their product or service and add value to their community or niche. The current organic reach on social media platforms has created a unique opportunity for creators and business owners to enter the social market without having to pay to run ads. And if you hack the algorithm, you don’t have to make more money than your competitors to reserve the highest-ranking spot.

In this workshop we will walk through a blueprint of everything you need to pick a social platform, create content that adds value, grow a social following you can monetize and gain true brand awareness in just 84 days. Whether you are just starting out or already have a few followers, this can help you hack the algorithms, get more views and see the targeted reach you have been looking for.

Session Hosts
avatar for Gwen Gillette

Gwen Gillette

CEO & Co-Founder, CBA Intelligence | Rewrite & Rise
Hi, I'm Gwen. I’m an Artificial Intelligence Engineer & Entrepreneur.I am the CEO and Co-Founder of CBAi, our mission is to provide actionable intelligence to increase revenues, eliminate guessing, and aid in preventing worker burnout by automating mindless tasks and assisting with... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2022 9:45am - 11:15am CST
Restless Spirits Distilling Company
  Startup

10:00am CST

Website Design: Increase Your Reach with Visual Accessibility
So, you want to design your own website but you’re not sure what steps to take to ensure people of all abilities will be able to engage with your site. This session will provide the top website design practices (and common mistakes) that you can apply now that will expand your reach to include visually impaired audiences.

Session Hosts
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Marisa Gonzales

Founder, Principal Brand Design Strategist + Website Designer-Developer, Marisa Gonzales Studios, LLC.
It started back in college, my passion for the arts. I got a taste of it as I pursued a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in commercial communications. After graduation, the road led me to Arizona and Kansas City, MO, where I became an art director and digital production/graphic artist.After... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Virtual
  Startup

10:15am CST

How Community Development Financial Institutions Bolster KC's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Limited Capacity seats available

Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) are specialized lenders that bring capital to low-income, low-wealth communities. CDFI financial products and services support small businesses, affordable housing, community facilities and more nationwide.

In this session, a panel of leaders from four different local CDFIs will discuss the issues their organizations seek to address, the impact of the CDFI industry-at-large, and how a CDFI can help you start, sustain, or grow your business.

This session is hosted by the KC CDFI Coalition, a group consisting of eight local CDFIs working together to increase awareness and understanding of the services provided by CDFIs and the impact the industry has on our distressed communities.

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Tuesday November 15, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am CST
iWerx Pavilion

10:30am CST

Create a High Converting Webpage in under 2 Hours
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Startups and Scalers, it’s time to take your business to the next level and build your online presence. Not a "tech person"? You don’t have to be! This hands-on session will walk you through purchasing a domain name, setting up hosting and designing a landing page that is sure to generate leads that convert into sales.

Items needed to participate:
• Laptop
• $15.00 to purchase domain (optional but preferred)
• $15.00 to purchase hosting (optional but preferred)

Session Hosts
avatar for Nita Parker

Nita Parker

Web Developer, Your Web Connect


Tuesday November 15, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm CST
iWerx Conference Room
  Startup

11:00am CST

KC Social Venture Studio - 2023
This session will include a panel of 2022 cohort participants, discussing their experience and outcomes from the program, as well as representatives from Keystone and LaunchKC discussing the 2023 program. The overview will include information about the application process, selection criteria, updates for the 2023 program and the timeline. If you are a social entrepreneur, an individual running a nonprofit that could develop a sustainable revenue model or someone interested in social ventures, this session is for you.

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Tuesday November 15, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Keystone CoLAB

11:00am CST

Bootstrapping 101
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Volatile markets, an unprecedented pandemic and rising inflation have changed capital markets. The difficulty for startups to raise funding has increased significantly. However, increasing costs open the door for young companies to provide low-cost, high-quality products and services. This discussion provides the tips and tricks for entrepreneurs to bootstrap their new venture with the highest probability of success.

Session Hosts
AW

Aaron Weissenfluh

Co-founder, Tenfold Security


Tuesday November 15, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Chicken N Pickle - Kansas City / Rooster Room

11:30am CST

Are You Running Your Business, or Is It Running You?
Limited Capacity filling up

As an entrepreneur, you grapple with a lack of control over your time; people who don’t listen, understand or follow through; profit that’s inconsistent; and not being able to break through to the next level.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

With the Entrepreneurial Operating System, you and your team can get on the same page and move in the same direction so you can grow your business. During this session, you’ll learn how to get the right people in the right seats, create the right metrics to monitor progress, run an effective weekly meeting to keep your team on track, and solve issues permanently. Participants will receive a workbook with tools they can use in their business and a chance to win the complete Traction library.

Session Hosts
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Kyle Danner

Professional EOS Implementer, EOS Worldwide
I began my entrepreneurial career in my family’s printing company, where I became an owner and helped the firm grow from $2million to $18+million in revenue. I then made the difficult decision to leave it all behind. My passion for helping people led to a degree in counseling, and... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
Restless Spirits Distilling Company

11:30am CST

Digital Equity for Emerging and Informal Entrepreneurs
Limited Capacity seats available

Lack of access to the internet and the technologies necessary for startup entrepreneurial success has been a challenge to low-income entrepreneurs since Larry Irving defined the 'digital divide" in 1993. Today, the COVID-19 pandemic has made the digital divide front-page news. BIPOC entrepreneurs are disproportionately affected and have not received PPP and other federal, state and local government support. Through this facilitated workshop, participants will learn more about 1) the Digital Readiness Assessment, 2) local ESOs who are specifically focused on the success of emerging and informal entrepreneurs, 3) tools for digital transformation and economic mobility and 4) the experiences of these entrepreneurs as they seek to grow their businesses.

This session is co-presented by the Usher Garage, No-Where Consultants and PCs for People Kansas City as a facilitated workshop providing information on their 2022 Heartland Challenge project: Digital Equity for Emerging Entrepreneurs. In 2021, the Usher Garage conducted research on how ESOs rapidly transitioned to digital platforms to continue business operations with a specific focus on how they were addressing the internet access and technology needs of their clients. This research included the GEWKC 2021 panel discussion titled, " Digital Equity for Emerging Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners," co-presented with SWAGG INC. The 2022 Heartland Challenge project seeks to implement the recommendations of this research by engaging emerging and informal entrepreneurs in a Digital Readiness Assessment, providing access to free and low cost internet services, tablets, laptops, PCs and related hardware, and meaningful engagement in the vibrant KC Entrepreneur Ecosystem.

In-person: GEWKC Basecamp at iWerx, 1520 Clay Street, North Kansas City, MO 64116

Virtual Participants:

Rick Usher is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Digital Equity for Emerging Entrepreneurs GEWKC 2022Time: Nov 15, 2022 11:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Session Hosts
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Rick Usher

Founder & CEO, The Usher Garage LLC
Rick Usher is Founder and CEO of The Usher Garage LLC, a public policy consultancy focusing on entrepreneurship and the digital economy.  As former Assistant City Manager for Small Business & Entrepreneurship at the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Rick has extensive experience in... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2022 11:30am - 1:00pm CST
iWerx Pavilion

12:00pm CST

Scaling an Innovation-Led Venture
Hear from several founders who have successfully scaled or are currently scaling their technology- or science-related businesses in the Kansas City region. This expert panel will share their experiences and lessons learned from scaling their companies.

Session Hosts

Tuesday November 15, 2022 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
Keystone CoLAB

12:15pm CST

Office Design for Startups & Scalers
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Your office can be a hub for creativity, connection and inspiration for your team and clients. Leaders in office design, construction and brokerage firms will walk you through the steps to select, invest and sustain the office location and culture for your company. Moderated by Amy Slattery, panelists include Ashley Perrin, Amanda Kingsolver & Anné Erickson

Ashley Perrin
With experience in university, commercial, and institutional projects, Ashley brings unique interdisciplinary interior design and architectural leadership to her practice. Her ‘inside-out’, human-centered approach is essential to reflect our client’s goals in both new construction and existing building renovations. Ashley’s design philosophy focuses on people, resulting in healthier built environments and a commitment to all aspects of sustainability. She leads projects with an emphasis on design excellence and expertise in workplace design. She maintains a true passion for client engagement, serving as a trusted advocate and advisor to clients to bring innovative design solutions that support workforce growth and well-being.

Amanda Kingsolver
As a certified professional estimator who has worked in the industry for 11 years, Amanda prides herself on serving as an advocate for her clients while providing them with open, transparent, and accurate information to aid them in making the best choice possible. Amanda graduated from Missouri S & T with a degree in Architectural Engineering and has spent the majority of her career working on non-profit, healthcare, and education projects.

Anné Erickson
As a member of JLL's tenant representation team, Anné is responsible for developing new business relationships, providing market research, performing financial analysis, lease negotiations and documentation for corporate users. She is licensed in both Kansas and Missouri and specializes in commercial office tenant representation. Prior to joining JLL, Anné spent eight years overseas researching and analyzing emerging economies and real estate trends for investors. 

Session Hosts
avatar for Amy Slattery

Amy Slattery

Owner + CEO, Odimo.
Amy Slattery, AIA is the Founder and CEO of Odimo, a growing architecture practice based in Kansas City, Missouri. She is an entrepreneur, an industry leader, and an architect. With experience in ground-breaking high design and sustainability, combined with engineering-based project... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2022 12:15pm - 1:15pm CST
Chicken N Pickle - Kansas City / Rooster Room
  Startup

12:45pm CST

From Paper to AI: How to Digitize Your business When You Are Behind
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Oftentimes when we are in startup mode, we have to do things that don't scale (or maybe we just have an intense aversion to technology). But what happens when we start to get behind our competitors, and we need to implement technology and automation to keep up?

How can we decide what tech to use? What really even matters when it comes to digitizing our business? And how can we stop trading our time for money? Learn the answers to all these questions and more from an AI developer and CTO.

Session Hosts
avatar for Gwen Gillette

Gwen Gillette

CEO & Co-Founder, CBA Intelligence | Rewrite & Rise
Hi, I'm Gwen. I’m an Artificial Intelligence Engineer & Entrepreneur.I am the CEO and Co-Founder of CBAi, our mission is to provide actionable intelligence to increase revenues, eliminate guessing, and aid in preventing worker burnout by automating mindless tasks and assisting with... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2022 12:45pm - 1:45pm CST
iWerx Conference Room
  Scalers

12:45pm CST

Startup Concepts: Agile, Lean and MVP
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

A lot goes into starting a business, but your future product or service offering is likely the most important. Thankfully, there are existing methodologies to help smooth the process from concept to something salable. This session will focus on agile product (or service) development, lean methodologies to go from an idea to something tangible, and how to reach your minimum viable product goal in the shortest amount of time.

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Christopher Buono

CEO, Bijoux Creme
Christopher (Chris) Buono is an experienced leader of startup and performance-potential companies, with 25 years of broad industry experience as an objective-oriented consultative leader uniquely capable of blending operational excellence, strategic planning, and a differentiated... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2022 12:45pm - 1:45pm CST
Restless Spirits Distilling Company

1:00pm CST

BXKC Presents a Special GEW Edition of the Rebuild Honestly Series: Black Professionals in the Startup Ecosystem

The global pandemic sparked a rise in startup businesses and entrepreneurship in the majority of Black areas. At the same time, we’ve also seen the struggles that Black entrepreneurs face in securing funding to support their businesses. Now in 2022, there is a surge of consumers rallying to support Black businesses, and just over 1.2 million African Americans making the move to be self-employed. It seems the time is now to capitalize on this renewed focus on Black businesses, but many still wonder how to take the leap.

Join BXKC for our next Rebuild Honestly forum featuring a panel of Black professionals who work in the startup space to give their perspectives on the industry and firsthand experiences as Black founders. The startup industry can be a game changer when thinking about creating wealth and jobs in our city. Don’t miss your opportunity to tap in and learn more!

  • Date: November 15th
  • Time: Keystone Sessions 1 pm - 2 pm
  • Location: Keystone Innovation District

 

Featured panelists:

  • David Roberson - Founder / CEO / CMO, Azella
  • Jannae Gammage - Chairman of Base Ventures, CEO of Foresight
  • Louis Byrd - Founder & Chief Visionary Officer, zanago

About Rebuild Honestly

The Rebuild Honestly platform was created to provide a safe space for courageous conversations surrounding economic development in the Black community. The goal is to spark collaboration and encourage a unified course of action to push the Black community forward.


Session Hosts
avatar for Craig Moore II

Craig Moore II

Founder, Black Excellence Inc
Born in Kansas City, KS, Craig attended the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff under scholarship as a member of the Golden Lion Marching Band. Returning to Kansas City in 2008, Craig utilized non-traditional education, developed timeless connections, and had “trial by fire” experience... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Keystone CoLAB

1:15pm CST

How to Make the Leap from Small Business to Tech Startup
Limited Capacity seats available

If you are a small business owner interested in learning about alternate ways to scale, this talk is for you! Startups can be formed in various ways by first-time founders. One way with limited awareness, is to pivot an automated business process to be a scaleable software. At this talk, Charlotte Clark will share steps that will help identify a scaleable business process and how to spin that out into an early-stage startup.

Session Hosts
avatar for Charlotte Clark

Charlotte Clark

Project Coordinator, UMKC Innovation Center
Product Development Consultant | Co-Founder of Foresight | Startup Ecosystem Builder


Tuesday November 15, 2022 1:15pm - 2:15pm CST
iWerx Pavilion

1:30pm CST

How to Document Processes to Increase Efficiency and Scalability
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Claire Crum, certified director of operations and efficiency enthusiast will share everything you need to know about process documentation for your business.
You'll learn:
• How to identify your processes.
• The key elements to include in a process document.
• Why documented processes are the key to scalability in your business.

Session Hosts
avatar for Claire Crum

Claire Crum

CEO, Calm Ops


Tuesday November 15, 2022 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Chicken N Pickle - Kansas City / Rooster Room
  Scalers

2:00pm CST

Building the Right Team for Your Startup: Co-founders, Advisors and Early Team Members
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

One of the most critical decisions you'll make building a company is who you bring along to support your vision. Hear from a panel founders on their journey of finding co-founders, advisors and early team members.

Panelists include: 

Heidi Lehmann, Kenzen
Ted Conrad, FireBoard Labs, LLC
Josh Wexler, Tetra Insights
Claude Harris, College Coaching Network

Session Hosts
avatar for Chris Rehkamp

Chris Rehkamp

Associate Director, Technology Venture Studio
avatar for Charlotte Clark

Charlotte Clark

Project Coordinator, UMKC Innovation Center
Product Development Consultant | Co-Founder of Foresight | Startup Ecosystem Builder


Tuesday November 15, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
iWerx Conference Room

2:00pm CST

Resourcing and Funding the Growth of an Innovation-Led Venture
Hear from several investors, mentors and ecosystem builders who understand what it takes to scale an innovation-led venture in the Kansas City region. This expert panel will share their knowledge and talk about the resources available for scaling your venture firm in Kansas City.

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Tuesday November 15, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Keystone CoLAB

2:30pm CST

Entreprenurial Mentoring 2022 and Beyond
Limited Capacity seats available

UMKC Regnier Institute is hosting a panel of mentors who have interacted with UMKC students within the Bloch School of Management and across the UMKC campus to provide responses to the how, what and why of mentoring. We also will address the value proposition of an academic institution offering mentoring programs to the students for various reasons to further their growth and career opportunities.

Session Hosts
avatar for Terri Jordan

Terri Jordan

Founder & CEO, WizeWebz
As an entrepreneur, Terri has successfully started/scaled six companies and brings over 25 years of strategy, sales, technology, and marketing leadership including extensive experience in legal, medical, tech, ecommerce, retail, restaurant, B2B, and B2C. Terri’s passion is growth... Read More →
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Phillip Gonsher

Teaching Professor, UMKC


Tuesday November 15, 2022 2:30pm - 3:30pm CST
iWerx Pavilion

2:45pm CST

What's Your Bias?
Limited Capacity filling up

Biases can spill over into your professional life and have an economic impact to meetings and events. What is your bias? How is it impacting your business? Let's find out in this session.

Session Hosts
CS

Carolynn Santos

CEO, Founder, InDivEquity


Tuesday November 15, 2022 2:45pm - 4:15pm CST
Chicken N Pickle - Kansas City / Rooster Room
  Startup

3:00pm CST

Attracting and Retaining Talent for Startups
Venture for America will host a panel discussion to dive into the issues and opportunities for attracting and retaining diverse talent in the Kansas City startup ecosystem.

Session Hosts
avatar for Craig Moore II

Craig Moore II

Founder, Black Excellence Inc
Born in Kansas City, KS, Craig attended the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff under scholarship as a member of the Golden Lion Marching Band. Returning to Kansas City in 2008, Craig utilized non-traditional education, developed timeless connections, and had “trial by fire” experience... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Keystone CoLAB

3:15pm CST

Raising Capital for Your Tech Business: From Grants to Venture Capital
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Hear from a panel of founders and funders about many local resources for founders raising capital and their first-hand experiences from both sides of the table. 

Panelists include: 
Bryan Shannon, Managing Director at Trevie Pay, exited tech founder, Digital Sandbox funded founder and current evaluation team member
James Flexman, Founder Phog Labs, Digital Sandbox Funded Company
Ryan MacKinnon, Investment Analyst at Mid America Angels
Jeff Macon, Senio Program Manager at Missouri Technology Corporation

Digital Sandbox KC supports local tech founders through proof-of-concept funding to launch their ideas. Hear from a panel of founders who built companies using a variety of strategies to raise capital.

About Digital Sandbox KC:
Digital Sandbox KC provides critical proof-of-concept funding, feedback and connections to help Kansas City founders build viable innovations ready for follow-on funding. To date, 170 startups have received funding from Digital Sandbox KC, which has spurred an astounding $198 million in follow-on funding.

Who do we work with?
Funding from the Sandbox specifically focuses on early-stage technology and innovations in the greater Kansas City metro area. The startups we support often need that critical first infusion of funding to help them develop their proof-of-concept so that they can pursue angel and venture capital investment.

Session Hosts
avatar for Chris Rehkamp

Chris Rehkamp

Associate Director, Technology Venture Studio


Tuesday November 15, 2022 3:15pm - 4:15pm CST
iWerx Conference Room

4:00pm CST

Celebrating the Winners of the LaunchKC 2022 Grants Competition
Join us at J.Rieger for Libations + Liftoff: LaunchKC Reveals the 2022 Grant Winners!

All are welcome but please register so that we have enough food for everyone. 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/libations-liftoff-launchkc-reveals-the-2022-grant-winners-tickets-432981598617

LaunchKC, an initiative of the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City and the Downtown Council, runs industry-specific accelerators and a grants competition. After being on hiatus for four years, the grants competition is back, and we want you to help us welcome and celebrate our winners. During this session, we will announce our winners, learn a bit about their companies and have an opportunity for networking.


Session Hosts
avatar for Becca Castro

Becca Castro

LaunchKC


Tuesday November 15, 2022 4:00pm - 6:00pm CST
J. Rieger & Co.

4:30pm CST

Bring Your Spiritual Values to Your Business: The 7 Ways to Incorporate Spiritual Leadership to Grow Your Business
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

As life moves on in this post-pandemic world, people are becoming more spiritual. In a January 2022 report, 75% of Americans described themselves as spiritual, with 28% of Americans declaring a deepening of their faith caused by the pandemic. People are spiritual, but are usually discouraged from bringing that part of themselves to work. You can build a rare culture — one that encourages people to bring their whole selves to work.

Incorporate spiritual leadership to lead in alignment with your own core values and help others do the same. You will feel more honest and less pressured than when forced by society to be incongruent while working and with your family. Your people will, too. The honesty will enable more genuine bonds and trust, which are the foundation for deeper relationships. Genuine relationships based on trust will empower you and your people to speed communication and innovation and to better serve your customers. Growing your company is an obvious outcome. The upside is endless!

In this session, you will:

◼ Identify how to deepen the connection you and your people have with your most important spiritual values.
◼ Learn the 7 ways to incorporate spiritual leadership to grow your business — plus 3 bonus ways.
◼ Identify practical ways to live and lead in alignment with the truth of who you are and who you want to be as a real leader.

Emerge from this fast-paced program with clarity and momentum needed to bring your spiritual values to life in the company you are building.


Speaker Bio
Kelly Byrnes is the Founder of Voyage Consulting Group, based in Kansas City, which helps build companies keenly focused on purpose, performance, principles and people.

Kelly has been honored to serve a variety of organizations and leaders as an employee, consultant or executive coach including: MRIGlobal, Sprint, TargetCom, DivvyHQ, Spotlight AR, Schlage, DaimlerChrysler Credit Corp, Bank of America, AAA Life Insurance, Bayer Animal Health and Honeywell.

A sought-after leadership and company culture expert, Kelly also serves as an adjunct MBA professor for Rockhurst University, writer for Forbes.com, Amazon best-selling author and award-winning national speaker.

Kelly holds an MBA, BA, Harvard Business School’s Certification for Strategic Disruption, the HR-related SPHR and SHRM-SCP designations and executive coaching certifications. Her volunteer work centers around her church, education, children and dogs.


LOCATION
This event is at the HQ for #GEWKC.
It is at iWerx's North Kansas City location (1520 Clay St., North Kansas City, Missouri)

Session Hosts
avatar for Kelly Byrnes

Kelly Byrnes

Founder/CEO, Voyage Consulting Group
Tell us about yourself. What should people talk to you about? GEW is my favorite week of the year! I look forward to seeing all the new businesses blooming in Kansas City!People should talk with me about launching companies, growing companies, dogs, leadership, company culture, dogs... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2022 4:30pm - 5:30pm CST
iWerx Conference Room

6:00pm CST

Virtual Reality of Kansas City: Informational Session
VRoKCs introduces middle and high school students to STEAM careers by showing them how real-world problems can be solved using Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality technologies. In this session, we will give an overview of the program and let you know how you can get involved as a student participant, judge, mentor or sponsor. 

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JS

Jim Starcev

KC Digital Drive


Tuesday November 15, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm CST
Keystone CoLAB

6:30pm CST

Inventors Club KC Round Table and ImProv!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session features a round table of successful inventors, a prototyper, a licensing expert and patent attorney who will discuss what to do and what not to do to become a successful inventor. Make sure to bring your questions.  This Session is LIVE at the Kauffman Conference Center at 4801 Rockhill Rd starting at 6:00 AND also on Zoom, here is the link: https://zoom.us/j/997705742

Session Hosts

Tuesday November 15, 2022 6:30pm - 8:00pm CST
Kauffman Conference Center
 
Wednesday, November 16
 

7:45am CST

Coffee Connect
Limited Capacity seats available

Northland Coffee Connect is a weekly educational and networking program designed to engage, educate, and accelerate communities of entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Session Hosts

Wednesday November 16, 2022 7:45am - 9:00am CST
iWerx Pavilion

8:00am CST

Federal Contracting 101: Doing Business with the Federal Government
Introductions: 8:00-8:05 AM

Session Part I: 8:05-8:25 AM

Offered in English

This session will give you an overview of SBA resources and help you learn about federal government contracting opportunities and certifications.

• Are you looking to expand your business into contracting opportunities with the federal government?
• Are you registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) at www.sam.gov?
• Are you eligible for federal certifications for your business at www.certify.sba.gov?

Participants will learn how to qualify, apply and utilize the certification to increase business revenue. A representative from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will talk about how small businesses can find free local certification application assistance through the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). The SBA's small business contracting programs include the 8(a) Program for socially and economically disadvantaged business owners, Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Program and Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program.

Session Part 1 Q&A: 8:25-8:30 AM

Session Part 2: 8:20-8:50 AM

Offered in Spanish

Los Centros de desarrollo de pequeñas empresas (SBDC, por sus siglas en inglés) trabaja con la SBA para desarrollar y proporcionar recursos informativos para apoyar las pequeñas empresas. Esta sesión compartirá información sobre los recursos proporcionados por los Centros de Desarrollo de Pequeñas Empresas (SBDC) sin costo gracias al apoyo de la SBA (Administración de Pequeños Negocios de los Estados Unidos). Los temas incluyen: 

- ¿Cómo ayuda el SBDC a las pequeñas empresas? 

- Asistencia y asesoramiento en su área para comenzar, operar y hacer crecer su empresa. 


Session Part 2 Q&A 8:50-9:00 AM

Session Hosts
avatar for Richard Zárate & Aubrey Salazar

Richard Zárate & Aubrey Salazar

Business Development Specialists, U.S. Small Business Administration/SBDC
Richard Zárate has been involved with the business community for over twenty years as a consultant with experience developing programs alongside educational institutions and non-profit organizations. Mr. Zárate has developed and facilitated bilingual entrepreneurial programming... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2022 8:00am - 9:00am CST
Virtual

8:00am CST

No Regrets: Build a Thriving Business While Living a Live You Love
Limited Capacity filling up

Are you holding back on success for fear of neglecting what's really important? Is building your business already wreaking havoc on your family and personal life? This workshop will help you lay the foundation for being a successful entrepreneur and living a no-regrets life.

Session Hosts

Wednesday November 16, 2022 8:00am - 9:00am CST
iWerx Conference Room

8:00am CST

Learn to Give a TEDx Talk
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Ready to give a TEDx Talk? This will be the complete workshop on how to create a speech worthy of TEDx. Allen Little is a TEDx speaker and was the lead speaker trainer for an official TEDx event. Learn how to create a TEDx speech, etiquette on delivering a TEDx Talk, how to stand out as a speaker and more.

Session Hosts
avatar for Allen Little

Allen Little

TEDx Speaker & Trainer, A Little Motivation


Wednesday November 16, 2022 8:00am - 9:30am CST
Restless Spirits Distilling Company

9:00am CST

What Creators Should Know about Contracts
Creative professionals encounter contracts all the time. Two of the most important contracts they will sign are client agreements and subcontractor agreements.

In this session, attorney Chris Brown (founder of Pixel Law) will talk about how to create your own contracts, how to review contracts and how to negotiate them. He'll focus on the most important provisions to creators, such as ownership of work product, drafting different types of payment provisions, negotiating termination rights and more. You'll even get plenty of sample language you can use in your own contracts. There will also be time at the end for Q&A.

Session Hosts
avatar for Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Founder, Pixel Law
Chris Brown is the founder of Pixel Law where he represents startups, freelancers, and small businesses with forming businesses, LLCs, contracts, trademarks, and more.


Wednesday November 16, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Virtual
  Startup

9:15am CST

Is SBA Funding Right for Your Dream?
Limited Capacity seats available

Is the world of business financing a little overwhelming? You are not alone! Join the U.S. Small Business Adminisration (SBA) to learn more about the types of financing that are available for your business, what lenders are looking for and the resources available to help you succeed. Let us help you connect with the information you need now to make your business “bankable” when the time comes to make a move.

Session Hosts

Wednesday November 16, 2022 9:15am - 10:15am CST
iWerx Pavilion

9:15am CST

Do They Really Hear You? Sharing Your Story of Vision
Limited Capacity filling up

In this participatory session, you will be challenged to see your organization’s shared vision from the perspective of those who hear it: your organization's employees. Vision is the foundation that allows human beings to work together, and shared vision is a fundamental responsibility of leadership. Learn the basics of the Story of Vision, discover how well your organization’s employees understand the connection between their work and a meaningful change and identify new tactics that improve your storytelling. This session is for every leader who must bring others together in a collective effort.

Session Hosts

Wednesday November 16, 2022 9:15am - 10:45am CST
iWerx Conference Room

9:45am CST

ADHD, Executive Function and Enterpreneurs (Oh, My!)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Did you know individuals who are neurodiverse are three times more likely to start a business? Those of us who choose this path face some unique challenges. There are also skills and benefits we can harvest to excel in our journey. We'll learn some definitions and about challenges, skills and benefits. Then we will cover the standard ways neurodiverse individuals are coached to mitigate challenges and maximize benefits. Finally, we'll take advantage of the real expert in the room — you. We'll share our workarounds, coping mechanisms, what hasn't worked and what has changed our lives.

Session Hosts
avatar for Shea Geist

Shea Geist

Boss Momma, Shark OFF LLC


Wednesday November 16, 2022 9:45am - 11:15am CST
Restless Spirits Distilling Company

10:00am CST

Are You Drowning? Learn to Manage Your Time and Energy
Do you often feel like you are drowning with too much to do? There are only 24 hours in a day! Are you making the most of that time?

Applying good time management tricks enable you as a founder, leader, or employee to work smarter rather than harder. In this workshop you will learn the solution to common time management challenges.

Session Hosts
avatar for Frumi Barr

Frumi Barr

Founder & CEO, Barr Business School
Dr. Frumi Rachel Barr is the Founder and Chief Mentor at the Barr Business School. After founding and leading 5 fast growing companies, she gained invaluable practical experience that they don’t teach you in Business School.  She founded the Barr Business School to coach executives... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Virtual
  Startup

10:30am CST

Hiring, Training and Retaining
Limited Capacity seats available

As a startup, every single hire and onboarding is important. Starting from business justification and writing the job description, you should have a clear understanding of the role you need filled. What are you able to train and what do you need brought to the table? How do you find the right culture fit? And how do you keep hires happy, engaged and thriving? Let’s practice EQ-first management for recruiting and retention.

Session Hosts
avatar for Greer Banks

Greer Banks

Tech Titan Consulting
I connect ideas, people, and technology across an organization to eliminate inefficiencies. I get to the heart of process painpoints by listening intently and asking open ended questions. Once I understand the issue, I collaborate to find a solution, then draft system designs where... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2022 10:30am - 11:30am CST
iWerx Pavilion

11:00am CST

Harness Your Problem-Solving Superpower
Are you struggling or frustrated trying to solve those nagging business problems that are eating your bottom line? Here is an eight-step framework to help you attack those issues. Steps include building a team, defining the problem, addressing immediate issues, identifying root causes, taking actions and ensuring success. Get tools and examples you can use, and the approach can be tailored to the complexity of your problem.

Session Hosts
avatar for Dan Pinkham

Dan Pinkham

Owner, Lakehurst Consulting, LLC
Dan has 30+ years’ industry experience as proven Operational Leader building and guiding teams in operations, engineering, asset care, operational excellence, project management, and health and safety, at both site and corporate levels.He is a relentless learner, experimenter, and... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Virtual
  Scalers

11:00am CST

Franchising as a Small Business Option
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Learn about the opportunities that may exist for you in the world of franchising. This workshop will feature a concise review of franchising today and offer you the opportunity to determine if franchising is something that might fit your style and your interest in business ownership. There will be an open invitation to ask questions at the end of an informative presentation about franchising basics and the opportunity to engage professionals on how best to explore your personal application in franchising.

Session Hosts
avatar for Megan Stanek

Megan Stanek

Associate, FranNet Kansas and western Missouri
My expertise is working with individuals exploring business ownership as a career option or investment opportunity, matching them with businesses to explore that best fit their unique goals and talents. I help clients understand the pros and cons of franchising, costs and financing... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
iWerx Conference Room

11:00am CST

How to Protect Your Business Social Media Accounts and Websites From Hackers
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

As a business professional, you need to be aware you’re being targeted by cybercriminals who want to gain access to information about your customers. This seminar will help you keep your social media accounts, websites and your reputation safe.

Session Hosts

Wednesday November 16, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Chicken N Pickle - Kansas City / Rooster Room
  Startup

11:30am CST

Salesforce: What Does It Do and Do I Need It?
Limited Capacity seats available

Salesforce is a dauntingly large CRM tool with a hefty price tag. Why do so many companies use it to build scale? In this session, we’ll get our hands on some of the most used features, set up custom automations and calculate if your business should invest in the Salesforce Platform.

Session Hosts
avatar for Greer Banks

Greer Banks

Tech Titan Consulting
I connect ideas, people, and technology across an organization to eliminate inefficiencies. I get to the heart of process painpoints by listening intently and asking open ended questions. Once I understand the issue, I collaborate to find a solution, then draft system designs where... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2022 11:30am - 1:00pm CST
Restless Spirits Distilling Company

11:45am CST

What Works: How Artists Can Build Sustainable Careers
Limited Capacity seats available

What Works is a workshop based on sharing the the common behaviors of successful artist entrepreneurs and speaks directly to artists’ concerns in building sustainable careers. These tenets are based on working with thousands of artists of all disciplines and are the basis of the Artist INC program.

Session Hosts
avatar for David Wayne Reed

David Wayne Reed

David Wayne Reed (he/him/his) Reed is the Constituent Engagement Specialist at Mid-America Arts Alliance. He is an actor, writer, director, and producer from Kansas City, Missouri. He hosts and produces the popular ‘show and tell’ storytelling series, Shelf Life. His debut film... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2022 11:45am - 12:45pm CST
iWerx Pavilion

12:00pm CST

How to Launch a Handmade Business
Have you been dreaming of your own business? Do you want to take your hobby and turn it into a source of income?
Launching your handmade business is not as hard as you may think.

By the end of this virtual workshop, you will:
1. Discover the four key questions you must answer for your business
2. Uncover the tools required to make growing easier
3. Understand the systems required to ensure success
4. Learn how to design a plan for your business
5. Be inspired to finally launch the business of your dreams

Download your FREE marketing plan workbook here: https://www.goldenheartland.com/freemarketingplan

Session Hosts
avatar for Tina Joy Cochran

Tina Joy Cochran

Business Coach for Fiber Folks, Golden Heartland Academy
Tina Joy CochranThe Business Coach for Fiber FolksI help women learn business & marketing so that they can sell their handmade products without being salesy or compromising their faith. As the founder and coach for the academy, Tina Joy brings knowledge, humor, heart, and compassion... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2022 12:00pm - 1:30pm CST
Virtual
  Scalers

12:15pm CST

Embodied Productivity: Techniques to Break through Blocks and Get More Done
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

It happens to the best of us: You’re coming up on a deadline, but you’ve been staring at a blinking cursor in the same exact spot for the past five minutes. When you find yourself struggling to be productive, whether it’s writer’s block, the 3 p.m. slump or just plain lack of inspiration, these five simple techniques will jumpstart your productivity and get you back on track.

In this workshop, you’ll experience each technique, discover why they work and learn when to use them throughout your day to keep you at your productive best.

Session Hosts
avatar for Kate Hesse

Kate Hesse

Mental & Emotional Hygiene Coach, NourishNestBreathe
I'm a Mental & Emotional Hygiene Coach for women seeking to quiet their critical inner voice and develop a greater sense of freedom, serenity, resilience, and joy in their lives.Through insightful blog posts, individual coaching, and on-demand classes, I'll teach you how to transmute... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2022 12:15pm - 1:45pm CST
Chicken N Pickle - Kansas City / Rooster Room

12:15pm CST

Your Story is Your Secret Weapon: Crafting a Memorable Message that Engages Ideal Customers
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

What makes you and your business uniquely positioned to deliver your product or service? No one can replicate your unique story. In your messaging, you need to be able to explain what you do and how you do it. We’ll uncover your unique value proposition from a lens of our experiences, values and purpose. This will provide you with the necessary messaging architecture that informs marketing strategy and allows you to stand apart from similar products/services.

Session Hosts
avatar for Max Sheffield

Max Sheffield

Founder, Messaging Magician, Max Wilde Stories
Max Sheffield-Baird tells stories for organizations that change conversations, industries, and the dominant culture. He develops messaging and content strategies for service-based businesses and community organizations to grow their business with empathy. Max has been helping business... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2022 12:15pm - 1:45pm CST
iWerx Conference Room
  Startup

1:00pm CST

Employee Retention and Training
This program will provide a strong foundational and functional knowledge of the interpersonal skills required to be strong leaders, to train and develop frontline workers, reduce turnover, attract and retain the right talent and reduce onboarding costs. We will discuss methods for building trust and rapport, training and empowering workers and building a culture of success.

Session Hosts
avatar for Pete Warner

Pete Warner

Founder, Warehouse Training Academy
I have been blessed with the opportunity to provide training for many people through community colleges, organizations, and charities, and it was there I discovered the alarming lack of basic business and interpersonal skills needed to be successful, it was at that point my company... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Virtual
  Scalers

1:00pm CST

Solutions Lab Ventures: Emerging Tech for Community Good
Solutions Lab Ventures is an innovation-based entrepreneur support program managed by KC Digital Drive supported by a three-year Heartland Challenge grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

This event kicks off a new cohort and year and will feature a fireside chat with Solutions Lab Ventures Fellows from 2021-22.

Bring your ideas, concepts, tech hacks and startup engines, and get ready to take a deep dive into what this program offers entrepreneurs and new businesses. For more information, visit kcdigitaldrive.org/project/solutions-lab-ventures.

Session Hosts
JS

Jim Starcev

KC Digital Drive


Wednesday November 16, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm CST
Keystone CoLAB

1:00pm CST

Get Out of Your Own Way and Launch Your Business
Limited Capacity seats available

For the aspiring or early-stage entrepreneur who has researched endlessly and attended countless seminars, workshops an incubators yet still suffers from "failure to launch," this session offers specific tools to deal with mindset, tactics and planning so they can pull the trigger and launch their business. Using strategies the workshop presenter has used herself, attendees won't just leave inspired but with a workable plan to launch or grow their business immediately. Say, "Bye," to fear. Say, "So long," to procrastination. Say, "Hello," to disciplined thoughts and disciplined actions.

Session Hosts
avatar for Catina Taylor

Catina Taylor

Strategic Thought Partner, Dreams Consulting
Learner, Relator, Ideator, Connector, Dreamer, & Intellect; Catina K. Taylor, JD is the Strategic Thought Partner you want to guide you in busting mindset blocks and imposture syndrome to DO the work. Catina has figured out why some of us are good, some of us are great and some of... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm CST
iWerx Pavilion
  Startup

1:15pm CST

Entrepreneur Self-Care Soundscape/Sound Bath Session
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Kristen has been a health and wellness practitioner since 2011 when she became a massage therapist. Discovering a new path of natural health, she followed her curiosity to become certified as a Traditional Naturopath, Yoga Teacher and Sound Healer. In her practice, Kristen aims to create a space that supports the client’s self-healing of the body, mind and spirit.

Our energy body is like an instrument, and just like you can tune an instrument back to its harmonious state, you can tune the energy of your own body back to its harmonious state.

Session Hosts
avatar for Kristen Daschke

Kristen Daschke

Owner + Founder, Revolutionary Wellness, LLC
Kristen has been a health and wellness practitioner since 2011 when she became a massage therapist. Discovering a new path of natural health, her curiosity led her to become certified as a Traditional Naturopath, Yoga Teacher, and Sound Healer. By utilizing sound and essential oils... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2022 1:15pm - 2:15pm CST
Restless Spirits Distilling Company

2:00pm CST

Thrive Don't Just Survive: Wellness for Entrepreneurs
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

If you feel that you must be "on" all of the time, if you struggle with feeling you are enough, or if you don't know when you have done enough each day, this session is for you. Learn how to implement practices that will help you to achieve a work/life balance that will positively impact your business. This session will focus on wellness practices that will help you to create a routine focused on increased efficiency, mindset, clarity and creativity.

Session Hosts
avatar for Shelley Winkler

Shelley Winkler

Personal Development Coach, Shelley Winkler Wellness
I love GEW and look forward to it every year! I am a life long entrepreneur, pioneer of big ideas, change agent, and transformational leader of organizations and people. I believe in people and the power of entrepreneurship. Self leadership, a commitment to personal growth and wellness... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2022 2:00pm - 3:30pm CST
Chicken N Pickle - Kansas City / Rooster Room

2:00pm CST

TikTok for Your Business
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

If you’re in business, the only thing worse than not having a social media marketing strategy is having a bad one. This session shows you how to use TikTok to boost your brand awareness and audience engagement, as well as effectively reach and expand your audience. Join Hanna Taylor from Square One Small Business Services by Mid-Continent Public Library to learn techniques to create strong short-form videos for all social platforms. This event will be held at Central Bank, Parkville Branch, 8401 MO-45, Parkville, Missouri at 11:30 and then again at 2:00PM at iWerx.

Session Hosts

Wednesday November 16, 2022 2:00pm - 3:30pm CST
iWerx Conference Room

2:30pm CST

Find Best-Fit Creative Freelancers Who Support Your Business Goals
Limited Capacity filling up

Are you trying to rapidly grow and scale your business but struggling to hire? Looking to partner with an advertising or marketing expert on shorter-term projects?

Keep your business up-to-date with industry best practices, get all of your bases covered legally and utilize the expertise and full capacity of the freelancers you work with.

The Freelance Exchange of Kansas City (FX of KC) will have a hybrid presentation and panel Q&A session with a variety of creative freelancers to answer your questions and set you up for success so you can partner with a dream team that will support your business goals.

  • Presenter: Michelle Schneider
  • Moderator: Byron Ginsburg
  • Panelists: Julie Cortés, Jeremy Lips, Brian White, & Sebastian DeGeer

Join us at Global Entrepreneurship Week—KC for an enlightening discussion on Wednesday, November 16th at 2:30 pm. Free to attend.

Session Hosts
avatar for The Freelance Exchange

The Freelance Exchange

Director of Outreach, The Freelance Exchange of KC
The Freelance Exchange (FX) is Kansas City’s outsource resource. Here, ‘solopreneurs’ from the advertising/marketing industry come together as a community to share best practices, become savvier business owners, and expand their networks. FX also serves as a free resource for... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2022 2:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Chappell's Restaurant & Sports Museum

2:45pm CST

Your Dream, Passion and Purpose = Your Vision
Limited Capacity seats available

Whether you are a start-up or wanting to take a fresh look at where you are going, in this interactive hands-on workshop, you will knit Your Dream, Passion and Purpose together to write your own Vision for what you want for your business. It's about your future.
Then use this takeaway to guide you through future choices and decisions. It can help you to stay focused through deserts and mountaintops to reach your desired destination. 

Show up early for a SPECIAL TREAT: Double chocolate fudge walnut brownies (and without nuts).
There will be other freebie takeaways as well.  :-)

Session Hosts

Wednesday November 16, 2022 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
iWerx Pavilion

3:00pm CST

Youth, Our Future Entrepreneurs: Programs and Resources to Support Them
Youth entrepreneurs are on the rise! Several organizations in the Kansas City area support and nurture those future entrepreneurs and business owners. Join Startup Grind Kansas City, Junior Achievement of Kansas City and Startland Education to learn more about the programs and resources available for the future community of entrepreneurs in Kansas City.

Session Hosts
CS

Carolynn Santos

CEO, Founder, InDivEquity


Wednesday November 16, 2022 3:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City

3:45pm CST

Show Up for Yourself and Your Business!
There's no doubt about it—your customers and clients love your products/services (that's why you're in business). But do you realize how much more they love your story, voice, passion and creativity? Time to stop hiding behind your products and services and let the world see, hear and experience you. This session will explore how to show up for yourself and your business in the most authentic way as a creator, maker, influencer and artist. This experience will culminate with a free professional headshot and branding photo for your portfolio, website and social media.

For those attending in-person, be sure to SHOW UP as your best self, if you wish to book a 5-minute headshot session with Everyday Essence at the conclusion of the presentation. You are welcome to bring any products or props relative to your business for your photo. You will have the option of an indoor or outdoor photo at Chicken N Pickle, which will be edited and shared with you during GEWKC.

A Zoom link https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86797593090 is available as an option to join virtually due to capacity limitations at Chicken N Pickle. 

Feel free to send any questions or curiosities in advance to india@freshfactorykc.com. Thank you!

Agenda:
3:45 - 4:30 PM Presentation
4:30 - 5:00 PM FREE Headshot/Networking
5:00 - 5:15 PM Wrap-Up



Session Hosts
avatar for India Wells-Carter

India Wells-Carter

Owner, Fresh Factory KC
Talk to me about #education, #entrepreneurship #communityengagement and how to elevate your audience/group experience with a great selfie and party!


Wednesday November 16, 2022 3:45pm - 5:15pm CST
Chicken N Pickle - Kansas City / Rooster Room

3:45pm CST

Biz Model Canvas Workshop
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Is your business model working? Join Kimberly Beer to learn how to stop the chaos and create meaningful direction in your business while ensuring your business idea is solid. Ideal for new entrepreneurs looking to define their concept and seasoned business owners who want to prevent the dreaded three- and five-year business slumps.

Participant Takeaways:
• Leave with a business skill that you can apply to current and future growth projects
• Gain a better understanding of your customers' pains and gains to use in marketing
• Identify insights on how to improve and expand your current and future business ideas

Session Hosts

Wednesday November 16, 2022 3:45pm - 5:15pm CST
iWerx Conference Room

4:00pm CST

Resources for Artist Entrepreneurs
Limited Capacity seats available

ArtsKC, Mid-America Artists Alliance, InterUrban ArtHouse, and Englewood Arts will present with Charlotte Street Foundation on how their programs support artists, with discussion and questions to follow.

Moderators
avatar for Charlotte Street Foundation

Charlotte Street Foundation

Charlotte Street Foundation
Charlotte Street centers Kansas City’s most forward-thinking visual artists, writers, and performers—acting as the primary incubator, provocateur, and connector for the region’s contemporary arts community, and its leading advocate on the national stage. Since 1997, Charlotte... Read More →

Wednesday November 16, 2022 4:00pm - 5:30pm CST
iWerx Pavilion

5:30pm CST

Great Service Is the Point!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

It is estimated that businesses will lose $75 billion and more as a result of poor customer service. As organizations look for ways to save and consolidate, ensuring a high quality experience for your customer is not an area you want to skimp on. In this workshop you will learn how to deliver a high quality customer service experience every time! You will also walk away with a checklist that can be used regardless of your business or product to ensure you keep your customers coming back. In business, don't be fooled, great service is the point!

Session Hosts
avatar for Terri Barnes

Terri Barnes

President/Founder, Service Point
With over 35 years of experience, I am a customer experience advocate and expert! I can help you set yourself apart from the competition by elevating the service you provide to your customers. I can help with auditing your business, creating customer-centric policies and supporting... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2022 5:30pm - 6:30pm CST
iWerx Conference Room
  Startup

5:30pm CST

Movie Lovers Unite: Local Filmmakers Panel and Free Movie Night with Screenland Armour
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us at Screenland Armour Theatre to learn more about the KC film industry through the eyes of local filmmakers and those who support them.  The panel discussion will be followed by a free entrepreneurship-themed film.

Agenda

5:30 pm - Doors Open

6:00 pm - Local Filmmakers Panel -
Learn more about the KC film industry through the eyes of local filmmakers and those who support them.


7:00 pm - Free Entrepreneurial-Themed Film We are excited to show the critically-acclaimed film, Chef. About the film: A head chef quits his restaurant job and buys a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family. (2014 - R - 1h 54m)



Session Hosts
avatar for Chante Keller

Chante Keller

Network Convener, KCSourceLink
Chanté Keller knows someone you should meet. A natural facilitator and listener who has a knack for tending to the heart of the community, Chanté helps people in Kansas City navigate the waters of entrepreneurship by connecting them to the right resource at the right time.If you... Read More →
avatar for Michael Carmona

Michael Carmona

Senior Director, KCSourceLink
Experienced and passionate Community Developer with a demonstrated success leading and supporting community and economic initiatives in underserved areas of the community with specialization in finance, public policy, urban planning, and business development. Skilled in nonprofit... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2022 5:30pm - 9:00pm CST
Screenland Armour

5:45pm CST

Your Next Level of Leadership
Limited Capacity seats available

Once you get past the "startup" phase of business, your role changes as the leader of your business.

It's no longer about the right strategy, the right marketing or sales plan or the back of house details. It's about YOU and your relationship with YOU.

What is missing from so many business-growth education programs is the personal development that we have to do to truly be the leader our company needs.

To truly move from grow to scale, from running a business to running a company, we have to lead. And so much about leadership can't be learned from a book.

Leadership is about truly deciding what you want your business to look like.
It's about taking personal responsibility for making that happen.
It's about being truly aware of who YOU are, so you can hire the right people to help you grow.
It's about being okay with doing things differently and rebelling against the status quo.
It's about really trusting yourself, your ideas, your intuition and your gut.

Session Hosts

Wednesday November 16, 2022 5:45pm - 6:45pm CST
iWerx Pavilion
  Scalers

6:45pm CST

The 8 Keys to Unlocking a High-Performance Culture
Culture isn’t just about perks and fun. It’s not a buzzword. We’ve all heard the saying, “culture eats strategy for lunch.” But why? Culture is the collective sum of the values and accepted behaviors within the business. There are 8 essential elements that are critical to building a culture that performs at the highest level. Discover in depth insights for each essential element supported by various research studies and proven workplace practices. These 8 keys individually are inconsequential, yet when combined together, will create the culture and business you’ve always wanted.

• Understand the 8 critical traits and why they are necessary to build a strong, scalable
culture: Belief, Purpose, Integrity, Transparency, Ownership, Mentorship, Fun,
Measurement
• Recall culture stories that exhibit the power of these traits in action.
• Gather reference points for further information to implement the critical traits into your
business.
• Connect the critical traits to all aspects of life.

Session Hosts
avatar for Russel Dubree

Russel Dubree

Business Coach, Performance Faction
My name is Russel Dubree, I’m a business coach. I’m insanely passionate about helping Business owners scale their business in a way that brings profit, purpose, and meaning in their lives. I live and breathe the study of what it takes to run an effective business. 


Wednesday November 16, 2022 6:45pm - 7:45pm CST
Virtual
  Scalers
 
Thursday, November 17
 

8:00am CST

The Secret to Keeping Your Business Motivated
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

When you're a business owner, sometimes you or your employees just don't seem motivated. So how do you keep everyone motivated? This session will help you keep your team and yourself motivated, even when you don't feel inspired. You'll learn how to identify the root causes of low motivation and find new ways to energize the team. This way, you can keep everyone moving forward towards those goals. This is an essential tool every business professional needs to stay motivated and inspire others.

Session Hosts
avatar for Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Fitness and Nutrition Coach, The Titan Principles
Hi, I'm Brian Smith. Fitness & Nutrition Coach. Husband, Father. Owner of Titan Transformation Coaching. Helping You see real results on your fitness goals. Today, my life is dedicated to sharing what I’ve learned, teaching men and women how to become the best version of themselves... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2022 8:00am - 9:00am CST
iWerx Conference Room

8:00am CST

From Frazzle to Flow: How to Channel ADHD and Leverage It in Your Business
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Whether you have ADHD or owning a business makes you feel like you do, this workshop will give you the tools and mindset to create flow, ease and organization that works for you.

Session Hosts

Thursday November 17, 2022 8:00am - 9:00am CST
Restless Spirits Distilling Company

8:00am CST

How to Ensure You Are Future Proofing Your Business
Limited Capacity seats available

Whether you like it or not, the future is coming, and this means more technology, more automation and more artificial intelligence. Rather than resist it, we should embrace it. Learn the secrets they don’t want you to know about AI from an AI developer and learn how to ensure your company can use it in the future.

In this workshop, we will cover: What is the difference between machine learning and artificial Intelligence? When does a business need True Artificial Intelligence? What does the future state of technology in business look like? How do you keep clean data so that when you are ready, your company can embrace the future?

Session Hosts
avatar for Gwen Gillette

Gwen Gillette

CEO & Co-Founder, CBA Intelligence | Rewrite & Rise
Hi, I'm Gwen. I’m an Artificial Intelligence Engineer & Entrepreneur.I am the CEO and Co-Founder of CBAi, our mission is to provide actionable intelligence to increase revenues, eliminate guessing, and aid in preventing worker burnout by automating mindless tasks and assisting with... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2022 8:00am - 9:30am CST
iWerx Pavilion
  Scalers

9:00am CST

Veterans' Summit: for Those Who Served
The goal of this session is to provide the veteran business owners with an experience to enhance business practices through interactive workshops and a Match Maker activity that is designed to bring regional institutions, municipalities and state and federal government entities together in one venue to meet with veteran business enterprises and service-disabled veteran enterprises for procurement opportunities.

Session Hosts

Thursday November 17, 2022 9:00am - 12:30pm CST
Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley Campus

9:15am CST

Intercultural Competence in the Ever-Changing Workforce
Limited Capacity seats available

Where does culture belong in the workforce? How does culture impact our workforce?

Like it or not, culture is everywhere in our workforce and impacts everything from our greeting, brainstorm process and decision-making tree. Whether an organization is task oriented or relationship oriented is cultural. The way employees engage with their superiors is cultural. The dress code, or lack thereof, is cultural. You simply cannot remove culture from the workplace, so let’s lean into and deepen our understanding of both culture and its impact on our professional lives.

Session Hosts
avatar for Sarah Wolters

Sarah Wolters

Consultant, Smarter Consulting
I'm a former educator living in the consulting world! I was an elementary and special education teacher for 6 years before becoming a Youth Development Specialist for the following 5 years. Throughout all of these positions, I was involved in leadership and DEI education for youth... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2022 9:15am - 10:15am CST
Restless Spirits Distilling Company

9:15am CST

International Business 101: Basic Global Business Strategy
Learn from the successes and mistakes of professionals in international business who have real-world experience in many diverse countries and business sectors. International Business 101 will reduce your learning curve and help you succeed, even in your first stages. This session will provide an overview of importing, exporting, logistics, customs, getting paid, compliance with regulations, forging partners, culture and language barriers. Speakers will be Jay Devers from Bestway International and Lesa Brownell from TVH Parts.

Session Hosts
avatar for Mary Odom

Mary Odom

Executive Director, International Trade Council
The International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City is a regional nonprofit professional association committed to building a strong and successful international business network in the Kansas City region. To achieve this, ITCGKC connects professionals and global partners in the... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2022 9:15am - 10:45am CST
iWerx Conference Room

9:45am CST

Get LIT: The Secret Sauce: Leadership Influence Tactics
Limited Capacity seats available

This is a fun, interactive, intrapersonal session designed to help leaders hone their skills relative to interactions with others and maximize the success of implementing change. Get LIT.

Session Hosts
avatar for Dr. Kevin Mohler

Dr. Kevin Mohler

See bio, Entrepreneur
Dr. Kevin Mohler’s diverse experience in business spans over three decades and across multiple disciplines.  His skill set and ability to understand the challenges in businesses are derived from his experience in sales, contracting, and operations.  Dr. Mohler is the President... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am CST
iWerx Pavilion

10:30am CST

Trade Essentials: Learn How to Expand Your Business Globally
Limited Capacity filling up

With approximately 96% of the world’s population outside the United States, and a growing global middle class, overseas opportunities for your product or service are endless. Join World Trade Center – Kansas City and U.S. Commercial Service – Kansas City to learn how your business can leverage local resources to:

• Identify the best global market for your business
• Locate and take advantage of global opportunities
• Network on a global scale
• Compete successfully in global markets
• Grow through international trade
• Start or expand your global journey

Secure your spot today and hear from trade experts on how to drive international business to your doorstep.

Session Hosts
avatar for Melissa Miller

Melissa Miller

Director, World Trade Center - Kansas City
Melissa joined the World Trade Center – Kansas City (WTC-KC) team in 2016. Charged with assisting Kansas City regional businesses with their international trade needs, Melissa is responsible for overseeing the organization’s various events and programs designed to fulfill this... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2022 10:30am - 11:30am CST
Restless Spirits Distilling Company

11:00am CST

Inclusive Copywriting: Grow Your Business with Empathy
Crafting compelling copy can make a huge difference in the success of your marketing. Conventional copywriting frameworks rely on triggering shame and pain to convert. We don’t need to rely on manipulation or cheap persuasion tactics to have a thriving business. Consent-based copywriting relies on fostering a connection with your target market. We’ll outline the fundamentals of copywriting and discuss alternative frameworks that use emotion and transformation so that customers feel included and valued.

Session Hosts
avatar for Max Sheffield

Max Sheffield

Founder, Messaging Magician, Max Wilde Stories
Max Sheffield-Baird tells stories for organizations that change conversations, industries, and the dominant culture. He develops messaging and content strategies for service-based businesses and community organizations to grow their business with empathy. Max has been helping business... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
iWerx Conference Room

11:00am CST

Marketing without Social Media
Limited Capacity seats available

Is it really possible to run a successful business, find clients and customers and earn money … without using social media? Yes! In this workshop, you'll receive a series of small-but-powerful marketing assignments (including snail mail, personal emails, newsletters, texts and unexpected acts of generosity) to build strong professional relationships, get clients and bring revenue in the door! Social media, not required.

Social media is not good or bad -- it is a tool and as an entrepreneur, you get to decide how to or if you want to use it. 

There’s been a huge amount of interest in this topic—much more than I ever could have imagined. A lot of entrepreneurs are exhausted by social media and would very much like to leave it behind or reduce their amount of time on it. I hope this class feels like a permission slip to run your business in whatever way feels best to you.

Upon finishing this class, you might choose to quit social media forever. Or you might choose to keep Instagram but delete Facebook. Or you may choose to firm up boundaries and reduce the amount of time you spend online. Whatever decisions you make, I congratulate you. ♥


Session Hosts
avatar for Sang Thi Duong

Sang Thi Duong

CEO & OWNER, SANGTASTIK
Sang Thi Duong is a best-selling author, founder of a non-profit for single mothers, and entrepreneur who travels the world. She is on a personal mission to leave every person she encounters better than how they entered her life and to help as many people as she can to leave a legacy... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
iWerx Pavilion

11:00am CST

The Five Essential Elements of a Successful Referral Strategy
Attendees will learn what specific actions they can adopt or improve to get more referrals. They will also better appreciate the significant value that a referred client or customer brings to their business.

Session Hosts
avatar for Randall (Randy) Smith

Randall (Randy) Smith

Owner/Chief Crack Filler, SEALED, LLC
After thirty years in commercial airline sales, marketing, and customer service, I opened SEALED, LLC in 2016.  We help homeowners repair cracks in their poured foundation walls throughout the KC Metro.  And we teach businesses how to optimize referrals as a key element of their... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Chicken N Pickle - Kansas City / Rooster Room
  Scalers

11:45am CST

Framework to Go from Stuck to a Streamlined, Scaled Business
So, you have a vision of making your business' purpose come to life but you're hitting roadblocks along the way? In this session, learn how to make the seemingly separate pieces of your company fit into a streamlined, systemized sales machine that allows you to maximize profits and inch closer to the all-elusive "S" word: scale.

Session Hosts
avatar for Isaac Lee Collins

Isaac Lee Collins

Founder & CEO, Streamlined Profit Academy


Thursday November 17, 2022 11:45am - 1:15pm CST
Restless Spirits Distilling Company

12:00pm CST

How to Start a Business (Legal + Accounting)
Starting your business on the right foot (or cleaning up a messy start) is critical.

In this session, attorney Chris Brown with Pixel Law and CPA Meghan Hovee with Hovee CPA will give a brief presentation on how to start a business the right way and then open the event for an extended Q&A session.

Lauren Conaway, founder of InnovateHER, will moderate the discussion to help the speakers answer as many questions as possible. They will cover LLCs, corporations, state and federal taxes, accounting, intellectual property, employment issues and more.

Bring your questions! Then start your business!

Session Hosts
avatar for Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Founder, Pixel Law
Chris Brown is the founder of Pixel Law where he represents startups, freelancers, and small businesses with forming businesses, LLCs, contracts, trademarks, and more.


Thursday November 17, 2022 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
Virtual

12:15pm CST

Recession Resistant and Essential Services Businesses
Limited Capacity seats available

Without a doubt, the world is living through a challenging moment in real-time. By all indications, it's a situation that may even get worse before it gets better. However, some industries flourish during economic downturns.

FranNet is here to show you some recession-resistant and/or essential service models that franchising has to offer. These industries have been shown to prosper regardless of which economic cycle we are in because they offer goods and services that people need no matter what the economy is doing.

Session Hosts
avatar for Megan Stanek

Megan Stanek

Associate, FranNet Kansas and western Missouri
My expertise is working with individuals exploring business ownership as a career option or investment opportunity, matching them with businesses to explore that best fit their unique goals and talents. I help clients understand the pros and cons of franchising, costs and financing... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2022 12:15pm - 1:15pm CST
Chicken N Pickle - Kansas City / Rooster Room

12:15pm CST

The Neuroscience of Changing Habits
Behavioral Change is the process of changing any habit or routine. You can think of them in five ways. Starts, Stops, More of, Less of and Continue. These five categories are the most common ways we can change our behavior. In this workshop we will dive deep into the Neuroscience of Behavioral Change, and you will learn the Five Stages of Change and how to put them into action by crafting a Behavioral Change Program for yourself.

Session Hosts
avatar for Cody Isabel

Cody Isabel

CEO & Co-Founder, Rewrite & Rise | CBA Intelligence
Hi, I'm Cody. I’m a Brain Researcher & Entrepreneur.I am the CEO and Co-Founder of Rewrite and Rise, which is a Mind Brain and Body Lab that focuses on bringing successful treatment outcomes to those healing from emotional abuse, burnout, or an identity crisis like after a breakup... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2022 12:15pm - 1:45pm CST
iWerx Conference Room

12:15pm CST

AltCap Your Biz - Live Pitch Competition
Limited Capacity seats available

See live pitches from businesses selected in the first round of AltCap Your Biz.

First round submissions due October 9, 2022: https://www.alt-cap.org/altcap-your-biz

Session Hosts

Thursday November 17, 2022 12:15pm - 4:00pm CST
iWerx Pavilion

1:30pm CST

Building Your Organizational Culture: The Science, Significance and Analytics of Building Leaders and Retaining Top Talent
Consultant Peter Drucker’s 2020 quote, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast,” is even more relevant today as entrepreneurs and business leaders navigate a realignment of the workforce. Building organizational culture requires focus, intent, time and purpose … no matter the size of company.

This session will present how using analytics to measure culture can help leaders understand staff needs and take action in 30 days, stregnthen company culture, improve well-being and reduce anxiety in the workplace — key components to improving performance and retaining top talent in traditional on-site, remote or hybrid workforces.

Session Hosts
avatar for William Gladhart

William Gladhart

CEO, Connect2Metrics
I am a Serial Entrepreneur, 1MCKC Community Volunteer & #KansasCity fan passionate about Culture, Well Being & Anxiety in the Workplace.Talk to me about creating a strong/ healthy culture, improving employee Well Being and understanding Anxiety in the Workplace!Ultimately, I envision... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2022 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Chicken N Pickle - Kansas City / Rooster Room
  Scalers

1:30pm CST

Make Opportunity Happen: Strategies for Getting Things Done in an Entrepreneur's World
Do you ever ask yourself why you aren't making more progress faster? We'll take a page from other entrepreneurs' experiences and explore how to ensure you are working on the right things, establish the right system and discipline to make executing easier, and develop a mindset that propels you.

Session Hosts
avatar for Maria Flynn

Maria Flynn

CEO, Ambiologix


Thursday November 17, 2022 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Chappell's Restaurant & Sports Museum
  Startup

2:00pm CST

Beating Burnout as an Entrepreneur
There is less white matter inside of a burnout brain. Losing white matter can cause things like brain fog, reduced attention, reduced focus, decrease memory and speed up the aging process. Burnout can be hard to spot in today’s high productivity society, but in this presentation you will learn about the Neuroscience of Burnout, and learn how to beat the Binge-Burnout Cycle with simple lifestyle hacks.

Session Hosts
avatar for Cody Isabel

Cody Isabel

CEO & Co-Founder, Rewrite & Rise | CBA Intelligence
Hi, I'm Cody. I’m a Brain Researcher & Entrepreneur.I am the CEO and Co-Founder of Rewrite and Rise, which is a Mind Brain and Body Lab that focuses on bringing successful treatment outcomes to those healing from emotional abuse, burnout, or an identity crisis like after a breakup... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
iWerx Conference Room

2:30pm CST

Starting a Business with Your Life Partner
Creating a business with your life partner can be a rewarding entrepreneurial career path OR a creative part-time project at any time in life, including post-retirement. This virtual seminar will cover the ways successful couples set up and maintain their business structures toward business, personal and family success. The seminar includes a 50-minute presentation followed by a facilitated discussion and Q&A session.

Session Hosts
avatar for Patricia Eisele

Patricia Eisele

CEO & Founder, Biz For Two
Patricia Eisele (MBA, PhD) is a coach and consultant for life partners who create and manage businesses together as equals. Dr Eisele completed the first long-term study of couples in full-time business together for more than 25 years. Her research found their success was in harmonizing... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2022 2:30pm - 4:00pm CST
Virtual
  Startup

2:45pm CST

Protecting Inventions via Intellectual Property
Learn how to protect and commercialize your inventions with patents, trade secrets, copyrights and trademarks.

Session Hosts

Thursday November 17, 2022 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Chappell's Restaurant & Sports Museum
  Scalers

2:45pm CST

Do It All: The Life and Business of a Generalist
Are you a creative that's good at several things and love them all equally? Many times creatives are told to pick one path but the truth is that usually only works for linear entrepreneurs. Learn how Natasha honed in on what she was great at, good at and knowledgeable of enough to build KC's first mobile grocery store to opening an art gallery while being an educator and single mom. Yep, if it's in you, you can do it all, but it will take some finesse. Build your interests to profit.

Session Hosts
avatar for Natasha El-Scari

Natasha El-Scari

Owner, Natasha Ria Ltd.
Natasha Ria El-Scari is a poet, performer, writer, Cave Canem alum, Ragdale Residency recipient and educator for over a decade. Her poetry, academic papers, and personal essays have been published in anthologies, literary and online journals.  She has opened for and introduced many... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2022 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Chicken N Pickle - Kansas City / Rooster Room
  Startup

3:00pm CST

KC BizCare Open House (We've Moved!)
The Kansas City BizCare office has moved into City Hall! 

Please join us for our open house in the rotunda of City Hall at 414 E 12th St, Kansas City, MO 64106 on Thursday, November 17 from 3-5pm. Participate in tours of the new office, meet our team, and network with entrepreneurial ecosystem partners with special remarks from Mayor Quinton Lucas and City leaders at 4:00 pm.

Small Businesses, Entrepreneurial Support Organizations, City staff, and Kansas City residents alike are invited to RSVP online here for the event and we hope to see you there!

Please direct any questions to kcbizcare@kcmo.org or (816) 513-2491.

Register for this event on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kc-bizcare-open-house-weve-moved-tickets-463861812167

Session Hosts
AW

Amanda Wheeler

Small Business Administrator, KC BizCare


Thursday November 17, 2022 3:00pm - 5:00pm CST
City Hall

3:15pm CST

3 Keys to Effective Strategic Planning
If you’ve ever thought strategic planning sounded like a long, stuffy process that wasn’t actionable enough, then this event is for you. Strategic planning can be an expedited and effective process that allows you to chart the most efficient path to reach your organization’s goals with the resources you already have.
In this session we’ll discuss:
-The difference between a mission and vision
-The data that matters in your reflection stage
-How to create an actionable and effective future plan

Session Hosts
avatar for Claire Crum

Claire Crum

CEO, Calm Ops


Thursday November 17, 2022 3:15pm - 4:15pm CST
iWerx Conference Room
  Startup

4:00pm CST

The Compelling Content Framework
Do you know you need to enhance your online content presence, but you don’t know how? Have you ever found yourself with that social media app or blog window open, staring at you, but you don’t know what to post? We’ve all been there. The problem isn’t your lack of ideas (we know you have them!), it’s lacking the strategy behind how to channel those ideas into reality. Enter The Compelling Content Framework. In this workshop, you’ll learn what content is, why it’s important and a simple three-step process to take your content strategy to the next level.

Session Hosts
avatar for Torey Berndt

Torey Berndt

Founder, toreystories
Hey there, I'm Torey! 💖At toreystories, I inspire community and build connection by equipping creative business owners with the strategies and solutions they need to take their business from dreaming to doing. I maintain a full-time job that I LOVE + my business and believe that... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Chicken N Pickle - Kansas City / Rooster Room
  Startup

4:30pm CST

Attract, Hire and Retain Military Veteran Talent
Limited Capacity seats available

Human resource professionals can create a work environment that attracts talented military veterans to civilian professional roles. Our nation’s veterans bring extraordinary leadership, teamwork, performance skills, and training to any position. In this course, learn how these skills apply to your in-demand positions. Understanding military skills and experience is a vital step toward successfully hiring veteran talent for your workforce. HR professionals can learn about resources and best practices to recruit, retain and support military veterans, and the benefits of hiring veteran candidates.

Session Hosts
avatar for Candice G. Haines

Candice G. Haines

Business Development Director, UMKC TalentLink
Candice is a globetrotter who now calls Kansas City her home. Originally from Southern California, she received her bachelor degree in financial services from San Diego State University, MBA from UMUC Europe while living in Germany, and her master of human performance improvement... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2022 4:30pm - 5:30pm CST
iWerx Conference Room

5:30pm CST

Cocktails and Collaboration Networking
iWerx Gladstone wants to get in on the fun for GEWKC and will be hosting a Happy Hour at the iWerx Gladstone location.

Session Hosts

Thursday November 17, 2022 5:30pm - 7:00pm CST
iWerx Gladstone

5:30pm CST

AltCap Your Biz - Awards Reception
Limited Capacity seats available

See the winners of AltCap Your Biz pitch competition

Session Hosts

Thursday November 17, 2022 5:30pm - 7:00pm CST
iWerx Pavilion

5:30pm CST

GEWKC After Hours: Connect with Local Business Leaders
Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with us at East Forty Brewing After Hours Connecting Events. Here is a chance to connect with business owners and representatives from companies of all different levels and sizes.

Session Hosts

Thursday November 17, 2022 5:30pm - 7:00pm CST
East Forty

7:00pm CST

Evolution of the High Heels: Sis, We Should All Be Millionaires
From the recent book "We Should Be Millionaires," by Rachel Rogers, Evolution of the High Heels has ignited great inspiration and awareness on the value women of color have in both the entrepreneurial and corporate workspace.

In a forward-thinking conversation, we will dialogue about the book and cut to the chase of how we can move from making cents to dollars and millions.

Session Hosts
TB

The Blakk Co

The Blakk Co.


Thursday November 17, 2022 7:00pm - 8:30pm CST
The Blakk Co.
 
Friday, November 18
 

8:00am CST

It’s the Little Things
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

When it comes to DEIA (diversity, equity and inclusion and accessibility), the little things truly do count. Explore how many small changes can be made within your organization that will significantly increase your accessibility. These changes won’t require hours of training, onboarding or major culture shifts. These are simple features available to us all that when known can make a big impact both internally and externally.

Session Hosts
avatar for Sarah Wolters

Sarah Wolters

Consultant, Smarter Consulting
I'm a former educator living in the consulting world! I was an elementary and special education teacher for 6 years before becoming a Youth Development Specialist for the following 5 years. Throughout all of these positions, I was involved in leadership and DEI education for youth... Read More →


Friday November 18, 2022 8:00am - 9:00am CST
iWerx Conference Room

8:00am CST

Mindfulness and Meditation for the Stressed AF Entrepreneur
Stressed? Decades of research suggest that setting aside time for mindfulness and meditation can improve concentration and reduce stress. Yep, by doing nothing. Don't know how to get started? No worries. Join Christi Clemons Hoffman, a regular meditation leader at Unity Temple on the Plaza and former meditation and mindfulness instructor for Hallmark and TVH North America headquarters.

Session Hosts
avatar for Christi Clemons Hoffman

Christi Clemons Hoffman

Owner, Radiate Wellness
I'm thrilled to present again at GEWKC! I am the host of the Radiate Wellness Podcast and co-author of the bestselling book The Gap: Simple Steps to Reclaim Your Health and Reverse Most Chronic Diseases. I'm also a lifelong intuitive, channel, teacher, coach, and consultant whose... Read More →


Friday November 18, 2022 8:00am - 9:00am CST
Virtual

8:00am CST

To Blog or Not to Blog: Everything You Need to Know about Business Blogging
Limited Capacity seats available

If you’ve been wondering how to drive more traffic to your website, a blog may be the answer. Learn how blogs can help you build your brand, increase web traffic and hopefully lead to more sales. We’ll cover the why, how, when, where and what: everything you need to know about blogs.

Session Hosts
avatar for Kayla Burns

Kayla Burns

Content Writer, WordPress VIP
Kayla has spent her career writing, editing, and analyzing content in industries ranging from entertainment and tourism to technology and SaaS. After receiving her MBA and B.S. in Entertainment Management, she dedicated her career to pushing the boundaries of content marketing and... Read More →


Friday November 18, 2022 8:00am - 9:00am CST
iWerx Pavilion

8:00am CST

Branding for Small Business
Attendees will leave this session understanding how to identify, define and articulate their brand purpose, ensure their brand is relevant and develop a succinct and distinct brand positioning statement. They will be able to unlock their brand's opportunity so they can read an effective brand strategy that drives business.

Session Hosts
avatar for David Patrick

David Patrick

CEO, Co-founder, High Performance Marketing Boot Camps
Dave works with senior executives on sales, business development, marketing, and growth strategy. During strategy season, he's leading client work sessions. Dave is the CEO and Co-founder of High Performance Marketing Boot Camps. These are customized to help senior executives get... Read More →


Friday November 18, 2022 8:00am - 9:30am CST
Restless Spirits Distilling Company

8:00am CST

KC REGION DIGITAL EQUITY ACTIVISTS CO-WORKING TOOLKITS WORKSHOP #1
Limited Capacity seats available

Register to this event through Eventbrite.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Workshop #1 is designed for participation by individuals and organizations that are Digital Equity Activists in the Kansas City Region (on both sides of the Missouri/Kansas state line). “Digital Equity Activists” would include, without limitation, individuals or organizations currently performing or actively planning to perform one or more the following functions:

  • Providing fiber and/or wireless broadband connections to households and/or businesses
  • Providing free or affordable high-speed Internet service plans
  • Providing free or affordable devices for productive use of high-speed Internet
  • Offering free or affordable education and skills training to facilitate adoption and productive use of high-speed Internet service
  • Directly supporting one or more of the four foregoing functions by:
  • o Navigating households and/or businesses to resources relevant to promoting widespread access to and adoption of broadband service
  • o Engaging households and/or businesses and other organizations in community-based and community-driven convenings regarding broadband access and adoption
  • o Providing or assisting efforts to obtain funding for digital equity planning and/or actions/projects with particular focus on identifying and prioritizing the needs of the most under-served communities

REGISTRATION:
Registration for this event is FREE.

How  to Participate:
This event will be held in-person at the Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO.
If you are unable to attend in-person, you also have the option to join us virtually via Zoom.
The Zoom link will be provided in the email with your ticket selection of Virtual when you register through this invitation.

Recording of Workshop Sessions.
All sessions will be recorded for purposes of assisting on note-taking for reporting input gathered at the sessions.

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF EVENT:
The November 18 event is the first of two planned Workshops. This Workshop #1 presents an opportunity for Kansas City Region Digital Equity Activists to act as a community of practice by sharing information and co-working design and implementation plans for three “tool-kits” (each including a system to navigate to desired resources and other tools):
  • Technology Options for Affordable Access Toolkit
  • Affordable Devices Toolkit  
  • Digital Training Options Toolkit 
Workshop Participants are expected to collaboratively create valuable and easily accessible and navigable databanks and inventories of other practice tools. The objective is to promote synergies and teamwork and enhance the capacity of this community of practice to have positive collective impact when assisting in community engaged and community-driven broadband access and adoption initiatives.

The plan for Workshop #2, to be conducted in December or January, is to take the same approach, focused on building three additional toolkits:
  • Community Engagement Toolkit
  • Project/Program Evaluation Templates Toolkit
  • Funding Access & Deployment Toolkit
Co-Organizers
The Workshop series will include diverse stakeholders, including, among many other interest parties and collaborators, several residents and business owners from the Kansas City metropolitan area.



Session Hosts
CC

Community Co-Organizers

Community Co-Organizers


Friday November 18, 2022 8:00am - 12:00pm CST
Kauffman Conference Center

9:00am CST

How to Develop a Digital Marketing Strategy You Are Obsessed With
In this session, we will go over the five steps I've used personally — and that I guide my clients through — to develop an organic marketing strategy that, not only will get you heard and seen with ease, but also one you will want to stay consistent with. There may be a bonus or two, and come ready to ask questions!

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Erin P.S. Zimmerman

TV Producer + Visibility Strategist, EZ Visibility
I'm hosting a session at #GEWKC 2022! Title: How to Develop a Digital Marketing Strategy You Are Obsessed With Description: In this session, we will go over the five steps I've used personally — and that I guide my clients through — to develop an organic marketing strategy that... Read More →


Friday November 18, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Virtual
  Startup

9:15am CST

Narrative-Driven Content Strategy: Attract Ideal Customers without Overwhelm
Most businesses can benefit from content marketing to generate web traffic and leads. But there are so many channels and platforms to manage it can get overwhelming. Stories build trust and can be a time-saver in your content marketing. We’ll develop a content strategy that centers on what our target market wants to know and how our business is best suited to help them. In this workshop, you will walk away with the main themes and transformations in your content and feel confident that you’re posting with purpose.

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Max Sheffield

Founder, Messaging Magician, Max Wilde Stories
Max Sheffield-Baird tells stories for organizations that change conversations, industries, and the dominant culture. He develops messaging and content strategies for service-based businesses and community organizations to grow their business with empathy. Max has been helping business... Read More →


Friday November 18, 2022 9:15am - 10:15am CST
iWerx Conference Room
  Startup

9:15am CST

Sit Still, Move Faster: How Meditation Can Create More Time in Your Day
Limited Capacity seats available

Create more time in your day through meditation. Even if you have "failed" at meditation in the past, this hands-on workshop will give you the tools you need to focus your brain and flow through your day. And the best part? It only takes five minutes a day! Get all the benefits, master the basics and create the habit of meditation!

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Friday November 18, 2022 9:15am - 10:45am CST
iWerx Pavilion

9:45am CST

Conscious Entrepreneurship
You were born to live your authentic life — the life that is in alignment with your highest self, your true self. And when you live that authentic life, you will create true wealth. True wealth is not just financial wealth. It is also creating a life you love, a life that feels good, a life that lights you up. It is living your purpose. It is having relationships that are supportive and loving. It is having good health and vitality. When you live your authentic life, all of these things are possible for you.

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Tricia Keightley

Founder, Soulpreneurs' Collective
I'm on a mission of changing the world by guiding people to live their Truth. I'm inspired to see people become the exception and lead exceptional lives. I dedicate myself to ensure that entrepreneurs are on their way to financial freedom. I am committed to researching and creating... Read More →


Friday November 18, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am CST
Restless Spirits Distilling Company

10:30am CST

Influence Yourself and Influence Others for Success
Apply the Four Tendencies framework to understand youself better and improve relationships with partners, clients and vendors.
You will learn:
1. to dentify the four tendencies, their patterns, strengths and weaknesses
2. to identify the tendencies of others
3. predict potential for conflict among the tendencies and take steps to avoid it
4. persuade or encourage someone effectively according to his or her tendency
5. recognize that people have different perspectives and that different methods work for different people

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Angel Hagen

Lead With Abundance Coaching
I am passionate about helping others find their strengths and the leader within them. My superpower is being an introvert, yet using my voice to speak up for those in need. I found a love for coaching, strategy, planning, and facilitation as a State Director of Mental Health and a... Read More →


Friday November 18, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm CST
iWerx Conference Room
  Scalers

11:00am CST

How to Have A HeartFULL Connection
Limited Capacity seats available

As the world continues to navigate how to come back together after months of separation, most clients are feeling the desire to connect with their business partners differently in a more meaningful and deeper level. It is through the heart we can achieve this.

Erin Paige will walk you through the heart science and why it is important, then present techniques, like breathwork, heart coherence and mindset so you can have a HeartFULL Connection with yourself first and, then, with your employees and clients.

The organ which beats to keep us living and thriving everyday may be the key to pumping up the connection we have with our current business partners and those in the future.

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Friday November 18, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
iWerx Pavilion

11:00am CST

How to Run an Effective Holistic Practice
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn best practices for beginning or running a mediumship, massage, energy therapy, coaching or hypnotherapy business in this no cost class

Topics include:
• Branding, positioning, pricing
• Favorite tools for social media, scheduling, payment, etc.
• Protecting your assets
• Cash flow versus income
• Marketing techniques
• and more

Convener is Christi Clemons Hoffman, MA, CHt, Metaphysician, Spiritual Medium, Coach, Reiki Master, Podcast Host and Teacher based in Kansas City, Missouri

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Christi Clemons Hoffman

Owner, Radiate Wellness
I'm thrilled to present again at GEWKC! I am the host of the Radiate Wellness Podcast and co-author of the bestselling book The Gap: Simple Steps to Reclaim Your Health and Reverse Most Chronic Diseases. I'm also a lifelong intuitive, channel, teacher, coach, and consultant whose... Read More →


Friday November 18, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Restless Spirits Distilling Company

11:00am CST

Visioning for Your Business: Visioning for Your Life
Many entrepreneurs launch their businesses and then seem to stall. This session will provide attendees with the strategies and tactics that they need to move from a good business to a great business, scalability, sustainability and profit margins they didn't think possible. Learn the specific steps you need to take to position your business to thrive versus survive. Visioning for your busines goes far beyond cutting pictures from a magazine, and mounting them to a poster. There is deeper work to be done, and in this "work" session, you will do it.

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Catina Taylor

Strategic Thought Partner, Dreams Consulting
Learner, Relator, Ideator, Connector, Dreamer, & Intellect; Catina K. Taylor, JD is the Strategic Thought Partner you want to guide you in busting mindset blocks and imposture syndrome to DO the work. Catina has figured out why some of us are good, some of us are great and some of... Read More →


Friday November 18, 2022 11:00am - 2:00pm CST
Chicken N Pickle - Kansas City / Rooster Room

12:15pm CST

Getting Grounded for Wellness Providers
Limited Capacity filling up

This class is for any wellness practitioner, freelancer or therapist who feels depleted. Learn how to set energetic boundaries, clear yourself and use tools to clear negativity from your space.

You give so much to your clients and you take a lot on. Learn best practices to preserve your biggest asset: your energy.

Convener is metaphysician and hypnotherapist Christi Clemons Hoffman, owner of Radiate Wellness and host of the Radiate Wellness Podcast.

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Christi Clemons Hoffman

Owner, Radiate Wellness
I'm thrilled to present again at GEWKC! I am the host of the Radiate Wellness Podcast and co-author of the bestselling book The Gap: Simple Steps to Reclaim Your Health and Reverse Most Chronic Diseases. I'm also a lifelong intuitive, channel, teacher, coach, and consultant whose... Read More →


Friday November 18, 2022 12:15pm - 1:15pm CST
iWerx Conference Room

12:15pm CST

Why Workplace Mental Health Initiatives Are Critical to Business Strategy
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will discuss the association between the stress an employee feels during the day and the likelihood that they will seek new job opportunities within the next year. Stressors that are contributing to employee exits include low salaries and inadequate compensation; long hours; lack of growth, development and advancement; heavy workloads; and lack of paid time off. In addition to employee facing stressors, small- to medium-business owners have a high risk of occupational stress, burnout and depression commonly attributed to financial pressures, social isolation and long work hours.

Learn how business owners can talk about mental health in the workplace, provide mental health resources, prioritize well-being and build a strong sense of resilience for all. Gain clarity about how these strategies are critical for businesses to retain talent in a competitive job market and protect their bottom lines.

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Friday November 18, 2022 12:15pm - 1:15pm CST
iWerx Pavilion
  Startup

12:15pm CST

Launch Your Restaurant or Food Truck
This program will help guide and answer common questions for aspiring restaurant and food truck owners. Brandon Simpson, owner of Jazzy B's, and Xander Winkel, director of the Culinary Center at Mid-Continent Public Library will share their experiences and provide a framework to help you build a plan for a successful food business.

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Friday November 18, 2022 12:15pm - 1:45pm CST
Restless Spirits Distilling Company

12:30pm CST

Are You Being an Ostrich about Cybersecurity?
About 60% of small businesses go out of business within six months after a cyberattack. And while only 8% of small businesses have a formal, dedicated budget to ward off cyberattacks, small businesses are targeted more than ever because gaining entry into small businesses' systems is often a breeze. As a result, they’re the No. 1 target for cybercriminals, representing 43% of all data breaches. The good news: Protecting your business doesn’t have to expensive, and it doesn’t have to be hard. We’ll show you five easy things you can do today that will make you a harder target for the bad guys.

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Brian Best

Founder, Best bSafe
Brian Best is the founder/CEO at Best bSafe, making world-class cybersecurity easy and affordable for solo entrepreneurs and small businesses.  Additionally Brian founded BestMacs, Kansas City's premier managed services provider focused on Apple products, now it its 23rd year. He... Read More →


Friday November 18, 2022 12:30pm - 1:30pm CST
Virtual
  Startup

1:30pm CST

Start Your Own Fragrance Line
One of the coolest things in life is making your own fragrance and starting your own business. With Oie White you can start your own personal brand, share the secrets that Oie has spent years learning and have fun at it, too. No messing around with other boring methods, just the real deal here from I Brew Perfume

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Oie White

OWNER, i brew perfume
I was born into this business and I love it.Scent was taught by hand in the same way that I teach others.You can say I like making people laugh and seeing that glow in their eyes.


Friday November 18, 2022 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
iWerx Conference Room
  Startup

2:00pm CST

Solopreneurship 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Working for yourself sounds great, doesn’t it? It is … provided you know what you’re doing.

If you’ve ever thought you’ve got a great idea or are good at your craft but are lacking the business-sense, you’re not alone.

In this session, we’ll knock down that obstacle and cover business basics such as how to:

• get paid what you’re worth
• brand and promote yourself
• find a steady income stream

If you’re looking to make the jump to the wonderful world of self-employment, are just starting out or need a kickstart, this session is for you. Join us at GEWKC and walk away with the tools you need to rock the solopreneurship life.

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Julie Cortes

Owner, Julie Cortés Freelance Rockstar
Copywriter by day. Freelance Rockstar by night. Julie Cortés lives, breathes, teaches, speaks, and coaches on all things creative self-employment. She’s run her own business for 25 years, is the founder of The Freelance Exchange of KC—a professional trade organization for advertising... Read More →


Friday November 18, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
iWerx Pavilion

2:00pm CST

Changing Lives for the Better One Stitch at a Time: Lessons from the Sewing Labs
The Sewing Labs was founded by women entrepreneurs who realized the power of a sewing machine and how it can lead to a life of financial dignity, creativity and entrepreneurial success. Come learn the HERstory of this organization and how The Sewing Labs is changing people’s lives for the better, one stitch at a time. At this session, you will meet a panel of successful entrepreneurs and learn about the challenges and benefits of the current sewn marketplace in the greater Kansas City region. Our panelists will discuss innovation in the industry, future growth patterns, what you need to plan to be successful and resources available to support the industry.

The Sewing Labs is a welcoming and inclusive community teaching the legacy of sewing for employment, entrepreneurship and enrichment.

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Friday November 18, 2022 2:00pm - 3:30pm CST
The Sewing Labs

2:00pm CST

How to Sell Your Food Product in Stores
This program will help aspiring food product manufacturers build a plan to sell their products wholesale to grocery stores, restaurants or through online retailers. Laura Manivong, Owner of Fattyhead Keto Kitchen and Xander Winkel, director of the Culinary Center at Mid-Continent Public Library will share their experiences and help you navigate all the questions, regulations and considerations for your startup food product business.

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Friday November 18, 2022 2:00pm - 3:30pm CST
Chappell's Restaurant & Sports Museum

2:15pm CST

How Overcoming Overwhelm Can Boost Your Business
Owning your own business means everything comes back to you. Every. Single. Thing. If you have so much to do that sometimes you don't do anything, this workshop will help you get clear, get confident and create the flow you need. It's time to conquer the enterpreneur's arch nemesis: Overwhelm!

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Friday November 18, 2022 2:15pm - 3:45pm CST
Chicken N Pickle - Kansas City / Rooster Room

2:45pm CST

How Can I Support the Startup Ecosystem?
Limited Capacity seats available

If you are someone who wants to support startups and founders but aren't sure how, this talk is for you. Charlotte Clark began her startup journey two years ago in the same place and since then has volunteered her time and held various positions within the ecosystem. Supporting startups doesn't have to be a full-time gig. In this talk, we'll explore ways to help support startups and how donating your time and skillsets can make a difference.

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Charlotte Clark

Project Coordinator, UMKC Innovation Center
Product Development Consultant | Co-Founder of Foresight | Startup Ecosystem Builder


Friday November 18, 2022 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
iWerx Conference Room

4:00pm CST

Starting a Business from the Ground Up
This session will help you understand that it is possible to succeed in business and life regardless of where you start — and that failure is an integral part of success in business and life.

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Josef Azam

President, Design Shopp
Josef is an entrepreneur born in Montreal. His family’s humble background has encouraged him to continuously reach for his goals. One of his favourite quotes "Success isn’t owned. It’s leased and rent is due every day” pretty much sums up his approach to business and entrepreneurship... Read More →


Friday November 18, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Virtual
  Startup

4:00pm CST

2022 Global Entrepreneurship Week Closeout Event: Tales of Resiliency
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us as we close out GEW KC. With iWerx, The Porter House KC, and InnovateHer, this networking event will also include an unconference-style discussion on the continued resiliency of entrepreneurs in the region.

Music entertainment provided by DJ Ne$$.

Thank you for being part of #GEWKC!! Be sure to check out Saturday's scheduled events, too!

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Miranda Schultz

Program Manager, The Porter House KC
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Michael Carmona

Senior Director, KCSourceLink
Experienced and passionate Community Developer with a demonstrated success leading and supporting community and economic initiatives in underserved areas of the community with specialization in finance, public policy, urban planning, and business development. Skilled in nonprofit... Read More →
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Chante Keller

Network Convener, KCSourceLink
Chanté Keller knows someone you should meet. A natural facilitator and listener who has a knack for tending to the heart of the community, Chanté helps people in Kansas City navigate the waters of entrepreneurship by connecting them to the right resource at the right time.If you... Read More →
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Lauren Conaway

Founder, InnovateHer
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Dan Smith

Principal, The Porter House KC


Friday November 18, 2022 4:00pm - 7:00pm CST
iWerx Pavilion

4:00pm CST

Game Night and Networking
Come have some fun! This is an opportunity to play some games and connect with leaders in the Kansas City area. Do you have a game you enjoy playing in-person? Feel free to bring it!

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Zac Jarrard

President, Jarrard Consulting, LLC


Friday November 18, 2022 4:00pm - 7:00pm CST
iWerx Conference Room
 
Saturday, November 19
 

9:00am CST

How to Grow Your Business Organically with SEO and Content Creation
We will discuss ways to grow your business through content creation such as blogs, podcasts and videos, along with organic SEO techniques for authority building.

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Leameana Davis

Owner, LD Data Solutions


Saturday November 19, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Virtual
  Startup

10:00am CST

Pasos Esenciales para Abrir Su Negocio de Camiones de Comida (Food Truck)
Pasos esenciales para abrir su negocio de camiones de comida (food truck)

¿Quieres poner en marcha un camión de comida? ¿No estás seguro de por dónde empezar, o quizás, de cómo terminar lo que empezaste?

Únase con nosotros en este evento de 2 horas diseñado para brindarle las bases para planificar su cocina, equipo, modelo de negocio, marca, finanzas (incluida la financiación) y, por supuesto, para responder a sus preguntas. Su menú puede tener que ver con su estilo personal, pero cuando se trata de administrar un camión de comida rentable, asegúrese de conocer los hechos.

Sabado Noviembre 19 a las 10 a.m.
Dirrecion - 22 S 18th St. Kansas City, KS 66102 (tentative)
Presentado por The Toolbox: Centro de Recursos para pequena empresas

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Saturday November 19, 2022 10:00am - 12:00pm CST
The Toolbox: Small Business Resource Center

3:00pm CST

4:00pm CST

Virtual Reality and You: What VR Means for Business Owners
OmnLifeVR welcomes you to its newest affiliate location: Studio 5. John E. Avocado will educate you on the history of VR, where it is today and where it is headed tomorrow. During open networking we encourage everyone to try out the equipment for yourselves. We look forward to seeing you there.For those o you that would like to join but can't be here in person please join us via Google Meet Ups:  https://meet.google.com/daa-dswy-scnOr 
Physical location:
19310 E 50th Terrace, Independence, MO 64055


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John E Avocado

VR Sales Specialist, OmniLife VR
Hello I am John E Avocado with OmniLifeVR. When many people think of virtual reality they think of video games or perhaps something that they had seen in a movie that takes place in the distant future. I'm here to tell you that the future is closer than you think. Although we are... Read More →


Saturday November 19, 2022 4:00pm - 5:30pm CST
KC Sports Lodge
 
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