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KANSAS SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER

 

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

Cowley College Kansas Small Business Development Center  (620) 441-6523
ksbdc@cowley.com     www.cowley.edu/ksbdc

North Central Kansas Small Business Development Center  (785) 243-9913    
ksbdc@ncksbdc.com   www.ncksbdc.com

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


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.

For information about additional training and events of interest to small business owners, view the South Central Kansas Calendar of Business Training and Events.


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, Wichita
Cost: Free

Choose from these dates:
Friday, September 26, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday, October 6, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Thursday, October 16, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday, October 27, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monday, November 3, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday, November 12, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday, November 21, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, December 2, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday, December 10, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday, December 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Register


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, Wichita
Cost: Free

Choose from these dates: 
Tuesday, September 23, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday, October 16, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday, November 12, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday, December 4, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday, December 18, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Register


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
Cost: Free

Choose from these dates: 
Thursday, September 18, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday, October 28, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Thursday, December 18, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Register


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
Cost: Free

Choose from these dates:
Thursday, September 18, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday, October 28, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Thursday, December 18, 9:00AM - 11:30 AM
Register


QuickBooks Instruction

Our instructors are certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors. These are not hands-on seminars, they are better!

WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th
Cost: $119 per workshop

Beginning QuickBooks
This beginners class shows you how to set up QuickBooks properly. Topics include screen overview, accounts receivable and payable, and banking.

Choose from these dates:
Wednesday, September 24, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM  
Wednesday, October 15, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM  
Register

Intermediate QuickBooks
Learn advance set up, sales tax, accounts receivable and payable, credit card purchases, and payroll.

Choose from these dates:
Wednesday, September 24, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM   
Wednesday, October 15, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM   
Register


Competing for Government Contracts: Basic Training
Federal, state and local governments spend over $800 billion per year buying goods and services. This introductory seminar offers an overview of first steps to become a government contractor. Learn how to identify opportunities and navigate the contracting process. You will also learn about free services available to help you.

Tuesday, September 30, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM  
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th
Cost: Free
Register


Uncover Your Brand
Todd Ramsey with Apples and Arrows will offer this practical, hands-on workshop to provide a strategic framework for thinking about and building your brand. Whether your brand is still in its infancy or in need of a refresh, these tools will help create a roadmap for moving forward to creating a compelling, meaningful brand position.

Thursday, October 2, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM   
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th
Cost: $20
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Starting a Business for Stay-at-Home Spouses
If being home to take care of your family is your priority, but you would also like to supplement your family income and use your skills, consider starting a business. This workshop will provide you with the basics that you need to get started.

Wednesday, October 8, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th
Cost: Free
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Making the Most of LinkedIn
You probably already have a LinkedIn account. But for many, it’s little more than an outdated, online resume or barely-filled-out profile. Few users take advantage of the business opportunities LinkedIn affords for research, meaningful connections, valuable business resources, client and business development, job applicant review and verification, and even business reputation management. Todd Ramsey with Apples and Arrows will offer information to help you get more from your LinkedIn experience. 

Wednesday, October 8, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th
Cost: $20
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Funding Your Business
Learn about options available to fund your business including bank financing, SBA loan programs, Kansas Capital Multiplier Loan program, Start Up Kansas loans, and investor strategies. Improve your chances of getting funded by knowing what to expect and learning what investors want.

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1:00 PM -3:00 PM    
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th
Cost: $20
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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.

Tuesday, October 14, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th
Cost: $20
Register


Federal Tax Workshop
Learn more about taxes for a new or startup business.
This rarely offered workshop will be instructed by Ross Hirst, a recently retired IRS Senior Stakeholder Liaison.

Wednesday, October 15, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM    
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th
Cost: $20
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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. 

Wednesday, October 29, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th
Cost: Free
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Federal Contracting and Woman-Owned Small Business Set-Asides
The 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.   

Wednesday, October 29, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th
Cost: Free
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Patent and Trademark Workshop
Nan Myers, Associate Professor Emeritus and Intellectual Special Projects Librarian at WSU Libraries, will cover patent and trademark considerations for small businesses. Topics include provisional patents, changes in the American Invents Act, and federal vs. state trademarks. She will provide training in initial search strategies for patents, wordmarks, and logos.

Thursday, October 30, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th
Cost: Free
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Reading and Responding to a Proposal
This workshop has three components. First it will focus on how to read a Request for Proposal, to make sure you understand what is needed. The second part of the presentation moves to information that is ordinarily asked for in a proposal, that you can easily have available in files. The final portion of the workshop then deals with how to write your proposal toward the requirements of the request.

Tuesday, November 4, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th
Cost: Free
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A Beginners Guide to SBIR/STTR
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs offer federal government dollars to entrepreneurs, qualified small businesses, and researchers at institutions to fund innovative ideas – with no repayment required. This introductory workshop will show you how these programs work, how to search for solicitations and topics, and how to improve your chances with early stage activities.

Thursday, November 6, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th
Cost: $20
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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?

Thursday, November 6, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th
Cost: $20
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Financial Considerations for Business Expansion
Whatever the nature of your expansion, there are financial implications for your business. It is common to see profitable companies expand beyond their financial capabilities, which leads to unsupported expenses and a reduction in profits. This workshop will use a case study approach.
Tuesday, November 11, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th
Cost: $20
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Profitable Growth
Growth is not the objective. Profitable growth is the objective. Learn strategies, tactics, and measurements that you can share  with your business team when evaluating opportunities. This workshop will utilize the case study approach to analyze a company's potential for profitable growth.

Tuesday, November 11, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th
Cost: $20
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Sales Team Strategies to Open New Markets
How do you work with your sales staff to tap new markets? Differentiation is critical. Learn new methods that your sales staff can use to create value in the sale and avoid competitive price gouging.

Wednesday, November 19, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th
Cost: $20
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