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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


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 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:
Monday, August 29, 10:00 AM -12:00 PM
Tuesday, September 6, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday, September 15, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday, September 23, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday, October 3, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday, October 12, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday, October 21, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday, November 1, 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: 
Friday, August 26, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Thursday, September 15, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, October 4, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday, October 20, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monday, November 7, 3:00 PM - 5:00 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, August 31, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday, September 22, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Monday, October 31, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday, December 7, 1:00 PM - 4:30 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, August 31, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday, September 22,  9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Monday, October 31, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday, December 7, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Register or call 316-978-3193


Kansas Department of Labor: Understanding Regulations
KDOL will present an overview of the Kansas 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 (SIDES and SIDES E-Response), and clarification of the difference in classifying a worker as an employee or independent contactor.

Tuesday, October 18, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: Free
Register: 316-978-3193


QuickBooks Instruction
Our instructor Ron Lee is a certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor. These are not hands-seminars, but you are encouraged to bring your laptop. 

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

Thursday, August 25 OR Thursday, October 20, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM 
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: $119 
Register or call 316-978-3193
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Intermediate QuickBooks
Learn advance set up, sales tax, accounts receivable and payable, credit card purchases, and payroll. Our instructor Ron Lee is a certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor. These are not hands-seminars, but you are encourage to bring your laptop.

Thursday, August 25 OR Thursday, October 20, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM  
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: $119
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 businesses looking to make their advertising more social.

Tuesday, August 30, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM    
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: $20
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?

WSU KSBDC Associate Director Alan Badgley, one of only eight nationally Certified Global Business Professionals in Kansas, will present the workshop and address your questions.

Tuesday, October 4, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM  
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: $20
Register: 316-978-3193


Market Validation
Before you spend time and money trying to sell a product, validate your market. We will walk you though a simple market validation process. Our unique Rings of Competition exercise will help you analyze your competitors, take your customers’ point-of-view, and plot a more effective strategy to increase demand for your business.

Tuesday, October 4, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: $20
Register: 316-978-3193


SBIR/STTR - Next Steps
If you attended the SBIR Road Tour or wish you had attended, if you successfully or unsuccessfully submitted a proposal, or if you simply wonder if SBIR/STTR will work for you, join us. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs fund innovative ideas – with no repayment required. Join our SBIR/STTR support group! Learn, share information, ask questions, discuss, and move closer to deciding on your next best steps.

Thursday, October 6, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: Free
Register: 316-978-3193


How to Stand Out in a Competitive Market with a Capabilities Statement
Scott Knapp with the Kansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center will show you how to do research to know what your business can do to provide solutions for government agencies when trying to sell your services or products. He will show you how to develop the target capabilities statements and items you need on your website. Capabilities statements are also valuable in marketing to your commercial clients.

Tuesday, October 11, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: Free
Register: 316-978-3193


Did It Work?  Measuring the Impact of Your Marketing
Marketing campaigns and strategies need to be measured to make sure they are most effective. This basic overview session— presented in simple terms and concepts — will help users learn how to set up stronger, more measurable marketing strategies. We will explore some of the most popular social media and web-based tools that are also designed to make tracking performance and analytics easier for users. In the end, participants will walk away with a better understanding of the vocabulary and strategies that successful marketers use to make the most of their messaging.

Tuesday, October 11, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: $20
Register: 316-978-3193


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

Wednesday, October 12, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: $25
Register: 316-978-3193


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.    

Tuesday, October 18, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: Free
Register: 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. 

Tuesday, October 18, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: Free
Register: 316-978-3193


Cyber Security for Small Business
This workshop will help you identify principles and steps to secure your small business and learn of resources to leverage in order to better protect and strengthen your small business.

Wednesday, October 19, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: $20
Register: 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.

Tuesday, November 15, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: Free
Register: 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.

Wednesday, November 9, 1:00 - 3:00 PM   
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: Free
Register: 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 businesses looking to make their advertising more social.

Wednesday, November 16, 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.

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


TechConnect Debrief
TechConnect can connect your commercially-viable innovation with its corporate, investment and government clients. If you attend the TechConnect Defense Innovation Showcase in Austin this year or if you might attend a future TechConnect event, come to our debrief. Together, we will discuss opportunities and look at next best steps.

Tuesday, December 13, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th, Entrance B
Cost: Free
Register: 316-978-3193