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Where Women Entrepreneurs Can Find Support in Kansas City

Apr 2, 2014

A recent Forbes.com article headline touted “11 Reasons 2014 Will Be A Breakout Year For Women Entrepreneurs.” 

The Kauffman Foundation held a Global Women's Summit in 2011 where women entrepreneurs gathered to network and get advice on growing their businesses.
Credit Kauffman Foundation

And, indeed, the statistics are looking good.

During the past 17 years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of women-owned businesses has increased at 1.5 times the national average. And while the female entrepreneur’s total share of venture capital dollars straggle behind men at  13 percent in 2013, it is a 20 percent jump up from the previous year.

On Wednesday's Central Standard host Gina Kaufmann chats with two local experts and an entrepreneur about the unique challenges and opportunities women face when getting a business off the ground.

From the discussion came this list of resources, including a few more for consideration:

Accelerator/Incubator/Fellowship programs:

Angel funding groups:

Networking groups:

Training programs


  • Hilary Brown, founder and CEO, Hilary's Eat Well
  • Michele Markey​, vice president of FastTrac, Kauffman Foundation
  • Kelly Pruneau, network manager, Women's Capital Connection

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  • Joni Cobb, CEO of Pipeline