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WSU KSBDC Workshop Schedule

These workshops and events are sponsored in part or in full by the WSU KSBDC. For further information, contact us at

Wichita State University KSBDC Regional Center  (316) 978-3193 ksbdc@wichita.edu

Workshop Registration and Payment
You can register and pay for workshops with credit card or check using our Marketplace site: http://www.wichita.edu/ksbdcworkshops


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     Join us for
     Encountering Innovation Week
     Monday, October 23 - Friday, October 27
     http://www.encounteringinnovation.com

 


 JPEG Image  Business in Motion: Making Business Expansion Easier

Several of our workshops target business expansion. If you are interested in expanding through export, government contracts, franchise, new markets, new products, and the web, view our Business in Motion page http://www.wichita.edu/businessinmotion.


Customized Training, Online Training, and Area Events

If you do not see the workshop you want, ask us about customized training.

The KSBDC offers 26 online training courses.

Many area organizations offer training and events of interest to small business owners. View the Area Business Events Schedule for details.


WSU Regional Center Workshops


Meeting the 3Ms: Learning the Basics of Marketing, Management, and Money
If you want to start a new business, the three Ms are critical. This free workshop offers essential information about Marketing, Management and Money that will help you assess the feasibility of your business idea and start writing your business plan. Learn where to get required licenses and permits, how to finance your business, business plan development and more.

WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: Free

Choose from these dates:
Thursday, September 14, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday, September 22, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday, October 2, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday, October 11, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday, October 20, 10:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Monday, October 30, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Register or call 316-978-3193


Quick Start Business Planning
Using a simple narrative template and a simple cash flow template, you will learn how to develop the key elements of your business plan. You will be able to use the business plan you develop with these templates as a basis for your final business plan.

WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: Free

Choose from these dates: 
Thursday, September 28, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, October 17, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday, November 3, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Register or call 316-978-3193


State Tax Workshop
As a small business owner, you know you need to pay taxes. But where do you start? What do you really need to do? Experts from the Kansas Department of Revenue will give you the basics in this workshop. Topics covered will include sales tax, withholding tax, and record keeping. You will be shown what forms you need to file and how to fill them out.

WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: Free

Choose from these dates:
Wednesday, September 20, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday, October 19, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Thursday, December 7, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Register or call 316-978-3193


State Tax Workshop for Contractors
Do you provide plumbing, carpentry, electrical, roofing, heating/air conditioning, or related services? This workshop is devoted exclusively to sales tax issues for contractors, subcontractors and repairmen. Learn how sales tax applies to materials and labor, Project Exemption Certificates, sales tax returns, billing, and related issues.

WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: Free

Choose from these dates:
Wednesday, September 20, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Thursday, October 19, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Thursday, December 7, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Register or call 316-978-3193


Capturing Attention in the Exhibit Hall
How do you get the best value out your poster board exhibit at Encountering Innovation Week? Topics include poster board basics, capturing the attention of those passing by, what to bring, and how to prioritize conversations.

Thursday, September 14, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: Free
Register or call 316-978-3193.


Building Your Business Brand on Social Media
Like, Tweet, Snap, Share, Follow, Pin and more. What does it all mean for your company’s marketing in today’s digital age? This session offers a basic overview of the most popular of these platforms and strategies you can use to help refine your social media marketing in ways that interact with sales and other business goals. You will leave with a roadmap that you can build on to help strengthen your online footprint.

Thursday, September 21, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: $20
Register or call 316-978-3193.


Encountering Innovation Week - Pitch Presentations
With 20 minutes to pitch your innovation to DoD Tech Scouts during Encountering Innovation Week, what will you say? Based on direct feedback from Tech Scouts, this workshop will help you focus, prioritize and deliver a solid pitch.

Monday, September 25, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM OR Thursday, October 12, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: Free
Register or call 316-978-3193.


Competing for Government Contracts: Basic Training   
Federal, state, and local governments spend over $800 billion dollars per year buying goods and services. Scott Knapp with the Kansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center will offer an overview of the critical first steps to becoming a government contractor. Join us to learn how to identify opportunities and understand the contracting process. You will also learn about free services available to help you.

Wednesday, September 27, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: Free
Register or call 316-978-3193.


Power Pitch
Your business pitch is the one thing that could either get your business off the ground or diminish your idea into a pile of rubble. Are you prepared? You will learn the essentials for building a powerful pitch and will have a short amount of time to tell your story, sell your idea, and gain feedback to make an impact.

Tuesday, October 3, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: $20
Register or call 316-978-3193. 

 


Work Injury Management: The Hiring Process and Beyond
Join us for breakfast and hear attorney Trinidad Galdean, a nationally recognized expert in employment law, offer insight into the complex world of work injury management. Nancy Wilson, principal of WorkSafe Physical Therapy, will provide practical applications for work injury prevention and management, including how to start a physical ability testing program.

Co-sponsored by the WSU Kansas SBDC and Worksafe Physical Therapy.

Tuesday, October 10, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM   
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: $20
Register or call 316-978-3193.


Kansas Department of Labor: Understanding Regulations
KDOL will present an overview of unemployment tax requirements including: Unemployment Insurance (UI) Tax Liabilities, Process to Apply for a UI Tax Account, Steps for Filing Tax Returns, New Hire Information, State Information Data Exchange System, and clarification of the difference in classifying a worker as an employee or independent contactor.

Wednesday, October 11, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM  
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: Free
Register or call 316-978-3193.


Do’s and Don’ts of Conducting Interviews
This workshop will provide you with a general framework around which an interview format may be structured.  You will leave this workshop with information on how to prepare for the interview as well as examples of acceptable and unacceptable inquiries for  employment applications and interview questions.

Thursday, October 12, 10:00 - 12:00 PM   
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: $20
Register or call 316-978-3193.  


QuickBooks: How to Get Started Correctly
Learn about QuickBooks Desktop setup, navigation, and features. Gain skill in operational usage for accounts receivable and payable, printing checks, and reconciling your accounts. Our instructor is a certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor. You are encouraged to bring a laptop.

Wednesday, October 18, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: $119
Register or call 316-978-3193.


QuickBooks: Advanced Options
This class will show advanced setup of items and classes and how to customize forms, use credit card features correctly, and work with payroll from setup to liability payments. Our instructor is a certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor. You are encouraged to bring a laptop.

Wednesday, October 18, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: $119
Register or call 316-978-3193.


Federal Contracting and Woman-Owned Small Business Set-Asides
T
he Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract program expands federal contracting opportunities to WOSBs. The program authorizes contracting officers to set aside certain federal contracts for eligible WOSBs. Teri Taylor with the SBA will familiarize you with the program definitions, processes and requirements necessary to participate in the federal marketplace as a WOSB program prime contractor. 

Thursday, November 2, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: Free
Register or call 316-978-3193.


Is the 8(a) Program Right for You?
The 8(a)/BD Program is a nine-year certification program for socially and economically disadvantaged companies with some benefits in the Federal Contracting arena. In addition to development support, Federal Agencies are able to set-aside certain contracts for 8(a) certified companies on either a sole source or competitive level. This presentation will provide a general overview of processes, requirements, and benefits.

Thursday, November 2, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: Free
Register or call 316-978-3193.


Creating Buzz with Facebook Advertising
Facebook offers a prime platform to deliver more effective advertising to the market. This session will feature information on creating an event, developing an ad campaign and setting a budget for business owners who are looking to make their advertising more social.

Tuesday, November 7, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: $20
Register or call 316-978-3193.


After Encountering Innovation Week – Next Steps
What connections did you make at Encountering Innovation Week, what did you learn, and how do you move forward?  Come explore the next steps for your innovation. Learn how to follow up on leads, to identify your next best steps, and to find out where to get assistance.

Thursday, November 9, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: Free
Register or call 316-978-3193.


Low and No Cost Marketing Ideas
You do not need to spend a fortune to market your business. Learn ideas for networking, public speaking, sponsorships, store appearance, coupons, holiday promotions, and more.

Wednesday, November 15, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: $20
Register or call 316-978-3193.


Introduction to Patents & Patent Searching
In this workshop, we will discuss different types of patents, strategies for patent searching, and free online patent databases. The presenter is Sara Butts with the Kansas Patent and Trademark Resource Center at WSU Libraries.

Thursday, November 16, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: Free
Register or call 316-978-3193.


Drafting a Provisional Patent Application
We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of filing a provisional utility patent application, attributes of a well-written application, parts of an application, and filing requirements.  The presenter is WSU Associate Professor Emeritus Nan Myers, a specialist in intellectual property who has worked with patents for the past 20 years.

Thursday, November 16, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: Free
Register or call 316-978-3193.


Getting Started with Exporting
This workshop will answer your most pressing questions:
* Is exporting right for you?
* How can you identify export markets for your business?
* What finance options are available?

Wednesday, November 29, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: $20
Register or call 316-978-3193.


Finding New Markets for Your Business
When you have saturated your current market, how do you find new markets so that you can continue to grow? Discover market research strategies and tools to understand your target markets, identify your chief competition, and define what makes your company unique. You will learn what information you need to gather and where to find it.

Thursday, November 30, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: $20
Register or call 316-978-3193.