Across the U.S., there are nearly 1,000 America’s SBDC locations proudly serving the small business community – helping people to start, grow and transition their businesses and helping those businesses to compete successfully in the complex of local, regional and global marketplaces.
On America’s SBDC Day, we celebrate our passionate, hardworking small business clients and the knowledgeable, dedicated, people in our network who come together to give small business owners the educational resources, connections and tools that they need to succeed.
In the state of Kansas, we are known as America’s SBDC Kansas or the Kansas SBDC; and our academic host institutions names’ are attached to our centers. We have Kansas SBDCs out of Washburn University, Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Johnson County Community College, University of Kansas, Pittsburg State University and Seward County Community College. The Washburn University SBDC is based in Topeka and also has a Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce Outreach Center and a Glacial Hills Outreach Center (located in Wetmore).
The core service of the Kansas SBDC is providing confidential business advising at no-cost to existing or aspiring Kansas small business owners. We are able to do this because of support from our academic hosts, the SBA, the Kansas Department of Commerce, and our local funding partners throughout the state.
Small businesses – which are classified as such according to NAICS code, but as a rule of thumb are 500 or fewer employees – are the backbone of our Kansas communities. Their success is vital for thriving towns and cities. When small businesses succeed, they generate employment and sales tax revenues as well as producing products and services. In 2016, Kansas SBDC clients generated/retained 3,240 jobs as a result of our services, did over $117M in sales, and raised over $79M of capital to invest in their businesses.
Our advising services to the existing or aspiring Kansas business owner include: how to start a business, access to capital, business planning for new and existing businesses, cash flow projections and financial management, market research, market planning, social media marketing and management, business management, government contracting, international trade, technology commercialization, cybersecurity, continuity planning, succession planning, business transitions and business valuation. In addition to advising, we have several fee-based speciality consulting services available.
Throughout the state, we also offer workshops on a regular basis and put on conferences on select topics of importance to the extended small business community. Our Kansas SBDC Cybersecurity Forum, coming up on April 25, 2018, is an example of our commitment to expertise on issues impacting small businesses.
At the Kansas SBDC, we are proud of our clients and of the work that we do to help them achieve their goals. (Many client success stories are featured on this blog and on the websites and social media of our Kansas SBDC centers.) Thank you to our clients and to our funding partners for enabling us to do the work that we do!
Laurie Pieper, Ph.D.
Washburn University Small Business Development Center
America’s SBDC Kansas