Celebrating Women Business Owners

March is National Women’s History Month, a great time to celebrate women business owners! Nationally, about 46% of small businesses are owned by women. (To count as a woman-owned business, at least 51% of the ownership of the business must be by a woman or by women.) Overall, women own between 9 and 10 million businesses in the US (depending on which source one looks at). This means that approximately 40% of US businesses are owned by women. Businesses owned...

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Toto’s Tacoz: Existing Business of the Year

On March 14, Toto’s Tacoz!  was given the Existing Business of the Year Award for Washburn University KSBDC. Congratulations, Toto’s. We are very proud of you! I remember when Toto’s Tacoz! first opened in 2005 and several of my friends were making regular trips from Manhattan to Wamego to go to this quirky, new, tiny, Oz-themed, family-friendly eatery that was selling California-style Mexican food.  Intrigued, I had to give the place a try. It was great fun! In fact, I featured...

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Spring Cleaning for Your Business

Spring cleaning might seem like an odd concept.  After all, shouldn’t we keep our spaces clean all year around? Yet the concept has enduring significance for both symbolic and practical reasons. Symbolically, springtime is a season of melting snows and cleansing rains that wash away the debris of winter and bring waters vital to life and also a season of fresh air, warmth, sunshine and renewed growth. These images serve as reminders that periodically we need to clear things out,...

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Sprouting into Small Biz Success

On Tuesday, March 14, the Kansas Small Business Development Center honored 17 Kansas small businesses for their 2017 Existing, Emerging and Exporting business awards. Among those honored includes Topeka’s own Sprout Communications, taking home the title as the Washburn University SBDC Emerging Business of the Year. "It was such an honor to be recognized at the statehouse as an emerging entrepreneur," said Caleb Asher, President and CEO of Sprout Communications. "As a business owner, nothing makes me happier than connecting...

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Twitter Etiquette for Small Business

So you decided that your business needs a Twitter account. That’s great! Twitter is a pretty useful tool that allows you to send out meaningful content in short, 140-character “bursts” to the world in real time. There are a lot of organizations and small businesses that can benefit from Twitter, and yours could too. However, Twitter - compared to Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest - is a whole other social media monster. What do you do now? How do you use...

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