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Energize your entrepreneurial skills. These workshops provide practical know-how you can immediately put to use to build your business.




Business Pitching: Knowing the Essentials to Grab Attention

Presenter: Teresa Wilkerson, Consultant
Friday, February 17, 8:30 am – 11:30 am
A skilled entrepreneur once said, “You’ve got one minute to get five. Five to get fifteen.” What does this mean to you? It means your business pitch must be fast, succinct and persuasive enough to convince the potential investor to want to hear more about your idea. This interactive workshop presentation will teach you the basics of business pitching.

Legal Essentials for Entrepreneurs

Presenter: Richard Stevens, Martin Pringle Law Firm 
Friday, March 3, 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Learn about employee basics and best practices, company formation and financing, including entity selection, taxation and protecting intellectual property.

HR for Entrepreneurs – Building Your Team and Building in Scalability

Presenter: Kevin Steckley
Friday, March 10, 8:30 am – 11:30 am
As an entrepreneur, few things are more important than building the right team and structure within your organization as you plan for growth. Building a strong team is critical to allowing you to work ON the business rather than IN your business, the number one key to profitability.  In this workshop, we will discuss where your business is now, what your short, mid, and long term objectives are, and how implementing HR best practices will help you achieve those objectives.

Experience & Reputation - Uncovering and Celebrating Your Company's Brand

Presenter: Todd Ramsey
Friday, March 17, 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Branding is the combination of experience – the actual interactions a customer/client/patron has with your organization – and reputation - all of the “stuff” floating around out there about your company. Intentionally building a brand means examining not just the fluff of advertising campaigns, but understanding, articulating and celebrating what makes you unique and worthy of attention. Learn what elements are critical when beginning and/or scaling a brand.

Accounting Beyond the Numbers

Presenter: Dan Schmidt
Friday, March 31, 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Think accounting is just about debits and credits (read: boring)?  Join us to learn about the true value of accounting:  identifying and measuring the relationships, assumptions and metrics that can help generate the roadmap to drive a business forward into sustainability and profitability.  

Insurance: It's a Balancing Act

Presenter: Cindy Hermes, KS Insurance Department
Friday, April 7, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Having the right insurance provides financial security for a business. Unexpected events happen. Be ready for them.

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Pictured above is the Business Booster instructed by Dr. Gaylen Chandler, Barton Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship and Professor of W. Frank Barton School of Business.

Questions? Please contact Nancy Kersenbrock, Assistant Director, at (316) 978-3000 or cfe@wichita.edu.

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