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NKC Women in Business

In advance of American Business Women's Day on September 22nd and National Business Women's Week that will be celebrated the last full week in October, we are celebrating and recognizing our North Kansas City Business Council women business owners, entrepreneurs,  female leaders, and working women making an impact across all sectors of the North Kansas City business community!

According to a recent report by American Express, there are nearly 13 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. This figure represents 42% of all companies in the U.S.  That means women own 4 out of 10 businesses, and these businesses generate about $1.8 trillion annually.

Click each photo to learn more about A FEW of the many
North Kansas City Business Council MEMBER "nkc wOMEN IN BUSINESS"

Judy Roetheli, President, Key Companies & Associates (Manufacturing, Production, & Wholesale)
Erin Hall – Co-Owner & Service Advisor, Northtown Auto Clinic (Services & Repairs)
Linda Hopkins, Co-Founder and Co-Owner, Smokin’ Guns BBQ (Restaurant | Arts & Entertainment)
Kim Nakahodo, Deputy City Administrator, City of North Kansas City (Government)
Haley Struxness – Owner, WERQ Dance Fitness Studio (Health & Wellness)
Summer Robbins, CEO, Executive Energy & Sustainability Manager, Our Energy Manager, LLC (Professional Services)
Toni Bonadonna, Owner/Operator, Scimeca’s Online Retail Market & Deli (Restaurant | Food & Beverage)
Kerri Jenkins, RN, MBA, CENP, FABC Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, North Kansas City Hospital (Healthcare)
Ginger Bliss, Chief Operating Officer, Midwest Aortic & Vascular Institute, P.C. (Healthcare)
Victoria Ressler, Director, North Kansas City Parks & Recreation (Government | Sports & Recreation | Arts, Culture, & Entertainment)
Tami Carolan Executive Director North Kansas City YMCA (Health & Wellness| Sports & Recreation)


Beryl Raff Helzberg

Beryl Raff, retired on July 1st, stepping down from her role as chairman and CEO of Helzberg Diamonds after 13 years with the company. Raff will continue to advise and consult the Helzberg executive team as a nonexecutive chairman. She is the longest-serving nonfamily CEO at Helzberg.

Jeanette Prenger ECCO

Jeanette Hernandez Prenger will be honored on Thursday, July 28th at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry's 2022 Women in Leadership Conference with a Women in Leadership Award for her Entrepreneurial Excellence as Founder & CEO of ECCO Select Corporation.

more North Kansas city business council "NKC women in business"

Lois Gutierrez, Owner
3 and Me Boutique (Retail)

Arita Damroze, President
A.B. Sims, LLC (Computers & Telecommunications)

Roxanne Strub, Owner
Above & Beyond Catering (Food & Beverage)

Michelle Lohmeyer, Director of Sales
Aloft/Element & Diamond Conference Center (Lodging & Travel)

Shannon Shelton, Office Manager
Arkema (Manufacturing, Production, & Wholesale)

Rose Brown, Owner
BJ Management Company (Professional Services)

Traci  McKown, Co-Owner
Blue Oak Technology Solutions (IT & Telecommunications)

Andrea Wehner, Attorney
Sheryl Danner, EDNPA Representative
BurnettDriskill (Legal)

Dr. Kate Masterson, Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.)
Dr. Katrina Waymar, Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.)
Chiropractic Kinesiology Clinic (Health Care)

Xue Wood, Community Development Director
Lisa Tull, Council Member
Amie Clark, Council Member
Ana Pellumbi, Council Member
City of North Kansas City (Government)

Kristin Linder, Co-Owner
Lauren Cone, Co-Owner
Donut King (Food & Beverage)

Jeanette Prenger, Founder & CEO
ECCO Select (Business Services)

Amy Jalbert, Owner
Exhibit Associates (Advertising & Media)

Sandra Ferguson, Owner/Attorney
Ferguson & Ferguson (Legal)

Kristie Stuewe, President/CEO
Michelle D. Freed, Senior Vice President
Stephanie Harris, Vice President/Loan Officer
First Missouri Bank (Finance)

Heather May, Co-Owner
Flex Fitness Gym (Health Care)

Julie Sola, General Manager
Harrah's Kansas City (Arts & Entertainment | Restaurant | Lodging & Travel)

Julie Yoakum, President & Chief Merchandising Officer
Helzberg Diamonds (Retail)

Ora Reynolds, President
Hunt Midwest Enterprises (Real Estate Development)

Kristie Stuewe, President/CEO
First Missouri Bank (Financial Services)

Ruby Lane, Owner
KC Blueprint (Business Services)

Annette Small, Chief Executive Officer
Midwest Aortic & Vascular Institute, P.C. (Health & Wellness)


Dana Hetrick, President
Lucas Commercial Flooring Group (Construction | Industrial Services)

BJ  McCullick, Attorney
Clare  Murphy Shaw, Attorney
Aly Englander, Attorney
McCrummen Immigration Law Group, LLC (Legal)

Jenny McDowell, Owner
Mid-America Contractors (Construction)

Stephanie Perry, Manager
Mosquito Joes (Services & Repairs)

Dr. Caitlyn Hall, Doctor of Dental Surgery
NKC Dental (Health & Wellness)

Donna Kirschner, Owner
NKC Iron & Metal, LLC (Industrial Services)

Marissa Shelton, Owner
NKC Nutrition (Food & Beverage)

Lori Mangan, Director
NKC Public Library (Family, Community, & Civic Organization)

Kerrie Jenkins, Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
North Kansas City Hospital (Health Care)

Tammy Henderson, Executive Director of Community Relations and Governmental Affairs
North Kansas City Schools (Education)

Tami Carolan, Executive Director
North Kansas City YMCA (Family, Community, & Civic Organization)

Dr. Brandi Whitaker, Owner/Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.)
Northtown Chiropractic and Nutrition (Health Care)

Brandi Smithmier, Owner
Paul & Jack's Tavern (Restaurant | Food & Beverage | Arts & Entertainment)

Amanda Harris, Owner/Founder
PlantLyfe Oasis (Retail)

Michelle Radcliffe, Operations Manager
ProPrint Digital (Business Services)

Shannon Benay, Co-Founder, Co-Owner, Master Distiller
Restless Spirits (Food & Beverage | Arts & Entertainment)

Heather Brown, Co-Owner
Sail Away Wine (Food & Beverage | Restaurant)

Shannan Slavens, Owner
SRS Design (Architecture, Design & Engineering)

Julia Kruckow, Human Resources Manager
StandardAero (Aerospace/Manufacturing)

Henrietta Miller
Stor Safe Warehouse (Professional Services | Business Services)

Debbie Pettid, Founder/Co-Director
The Rabbit Hole (Arts & Entertainment)

Jennifer Richey, Agent
The Richey Agency (Insurance)

Wendy Wade, Chief Financial Officer
Tnemec Company, Inc. (Manufacturing, Production, & Wholesale)

Diane Ufferman, Co-Owner
Treasures of the Past Antique Mall (Retail)

events & activities

Sip & Shop, 3 and Me Boutique - July 28th
SHOP HOT SUMMER SALES, sign-up for HOURLY PRIZES, and enjoy sipping SAIL AWAY WINE with your friends!
4 - 8 pm | 422 Armour Road


Quarterly Monthly Luncheon Pilot Program - July 28th
This special luncheon program will feature stories and insights from the following four NKCBC women members who have been highly successful in their businesses and careers. Click here for more information. Sponsored by Meierotto Jewelers.

· Carol Meierotto – Owner, Meierotto Jewelers (Retail)
· Carol Meierotto – Owner, Meierotto Jewelers (Retail)
· Christy Schnieders – Founder and Owner, WorkSource Staffing (Business Services)
· Christy Schnieders – Founder and Owner, WorkSource Staffing (Business Services)
·  Julie Edlund – CEO, Life Unlimited (Family, Community & Civic Organizations)
· Julie Edlund – CEO, Life Unlimited (Family, Community & Civic Organizations)
· Kathy Warman – Founder and Owner, K Warman Architecture + Design (Architecture, Design & Engineering)
· Kathy Warman – Founder and Owner, K Warman Architecture + Design (Architecture, Design & Engineering)

American Business Women's Day

Kansas City’s Shirley Cupp, Irma Beisel, Frances Stuckey, and Mr. Hilary Bufton Jr., founded the American Business Women’s Association in 1949 to advocate for women’s rights in the workplace. The first sponsored American Business Women’s Day event was held in 1982. This year, American Business Women's Day will be celebrated on September 22, 2022.

Visit to learn more about ABWA and the history of American Business Women’s Day.

national business women's week

The concept of National Business Women’s Week originated with Emma Dot Partridge, Executive Secretary of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs (NFBPWC) from 1924 - 1927.  The first annual observance of National Business Women's Week was held April 15 - 22, 1928 when Lean Madison Phillips, president of the NFBPWC, opened the week with a nationally broadcast speech in which she stated the purpose of the week was "to focus public attention upon a better business woman for a better business world."

In 1932, President Herbert Hoover issued a letter recognizing National Business Women’s Week and the contributions and achievements of working women.

In 1938, the observance was officially recognized and began to be celebrated on an annual basis.  National Business Women’s Week is now celebrated every third week in October and focuses on the accomplishments and success of women business owners, entrepreneurs, and all working women. The annual celebration has helped to promote leadership roles for women and increase opportunities for their advancement professionally and personally.

Visit to learn more about the legacy of Business and Professional Women in the USA.

Visit to learn more about National Business Women's Week and how you can celebrate this October.