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Series of business seminars aimed at women, minorities

August 17, 2006

A series of seminars aimed at minority- and women-owned businesses will be offered at Kansas City Kansas Community College this fall starting later this month.

The monthly seminars, offered in conjunction with the Mid-America Minority Business Development Council, will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Community Education Building on the KCKCC campus at 7250 State Ave.

Here's the seminar schedule:

Marketing/Branding, Aug. 24 Linda Word, a partner in Sturges Word, will focus on being a better consumer of design services by learning new ways to think about one's image and how to market a business through integrated marketing.

Contract Negotiations, Sept. 14 Gaining a basic understanding of contracts and their importance in business enterprises and determining whether an attorney is needed to resolve a contract dispute will be outlined by Catherine Skelton, an attorney for the commerce service group of Black & Veatch.

Business Plan Develop-ment/Expansion, Oct. 19 Andre Hilton, a consultant for the Minority Supplier Council, will instruct participants on how to develop financial projections, establish annual budgets and understand profit and losses, balance sheet projections and cash flow statements as well as developing sales expectations, determining direct costs, gross margins, operating expenses and resulting net income.

General Legal Issues for the Small Business, Nov, 16 The advantages and disadvantages of different types of business organizations and their respective legal implications, an introduction to labor and employment laws and the importance of selecting the right name for a business will be presented by Janet Velazquez, an attorney and associate professor of business law at KCKCC.

The cost is $37 per class or $167 for the series with continuing education credit available for an additional $20 per class. Employees of members of the Mid-America Minority Business Development Council are eligible for 10 percent discounts per class or 15 percent discount for the entire series.

Enrollment can be made at the Community Education Building on the east side of the KCKCC campus, by phone at (913) 288-7115 or by e-mail at


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