Access to Capital for Small Businesses: Looking for Loans, Grants or Investors


Access to capital is vital to the health of small businesses for many reasons including to help with start-up costs, to manage cash flow cycles, for renovation or relocation expenses, to fund expansion into new markets, and to support research and development costs. Without adequate capital, a small business can fail to get off the ground, make it through seasonal downturns, be sufficiently profitable to stay open, have a strong enough presence to take on competitors or  grow to reach its potential.  The good news is that there are resources available to small businesses!

To help small businesses and the people who advise them understand options and to connect with resources, the WU KSBDC has put together a mini-conference on Access to Capital for Small Businesses. In this half-day event speakers will present practical advice and valuable information about topics such as when to use what type of financing, grants available to small businesses, and whether and how to bring in investors.

We are very excited about the presenters who are going to be participating in this event and about bringing this educational and networking opportunity to the small business community!

Presentations include:

• panel discussion: Things that Small Businesses Need to Know about Working With Banks 

• SBA Loan Programs, Janelle Jones, SBA Lender Relations Specialist

E-Community Loans and Programs Through NetWork Kansas, Shelly Paasch, Senior Product Manager & Erik Pederson, Vice President of Entrepreneurship

Funding Opportunities for Women and Minorities, Wayne Bell, SBA Regional Director

Microloans, Brande Stitt, Program Director, Kansas Womens Business Center

USDA Programs, Karissa Stiers, Acting State Director, USDA Rural Development

Applying for SBIR/STTR Grants, Karl Klein, WU KSBDC, Regional Director

Grants for Manufacturers, Jeannine Goodrich, Project Manager Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center

• IKE/Kansas SEC Exemptions, Lynn Hammes, Office of Kansas Securities Commissioner

Working with Angel Investors, Robert Happeny, MidAmerica Angels

StartUp MHK Pitch Competition, Chloe Austin, StartUp MHK/JNT Company

Working with Local Resources, Local Economic Development Directors and the Kansas SBDC

Access to Capital for Small Businesses is sponsored by Washburn University School of Business, Kansas State University College of Business, Central National Bank (Manhattan), Kaw Valley State Bank (Wamego), Sunflower Bank (Junction City) and the SBA.

Register to attend Access to Capital for Small Businesses.

Date: September 26, 2107

Location: K-State College of Business, Rm. 1092

Cost: $5

: 7:30 – 8:00 a.m.

Presentations: 8:00 p.m. – Noon

Networking: Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Tours of the Business College 12:45 – 1:05

Parking: Available on-campus, $5

Registration Deadline: September 22, 2017

For questions, contact (785) 234-3235.

Related post: Learning about Resources for Capital

Laurie Pieper, Ph.D.

Business Advisor

Washburn University

Kansas SBDC

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