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...

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Who Needs an Exit Strategy? The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Business Transitioning

On August 24th, Karl Klein, Certified Exit Planning Advisor and Regional Director of the Washburn KSBDC was joined by Andrew Ellis (of Arthur-Green, LLP), Seth Gordon (of Sink, Gordon & Associates, LLP) and Dustin Taylor (of Kaninsurance) for a panel discussion on "Who Needs an Exit Strategy?" at the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce. Thank you to all four of the panelists for sharing your valuable expertise! Karl Klein started the discussion by answering the question at hand. Every business...

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Does Your Website Need an Update?

How do you know it’s time to update your website? Something to keep in mind is that when it comes to redesigning a website, there is no specific timeline that needs to be followed. According to Christian Riggs, president of Riggs Creative Group, a user-experience design and website development firm in San Diego, there are a variety of factors that may help a business owner decide whether or not to redesign their website. “You’ve got new branding and color standards,...

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Social Media for Brick & Mortar Businesses

Now more than ever, people will research a business online before they set foot inside the store. It is for this reason that it is imperative small businesses maintain an active and engaging online presence. The problem is, many small businesses are struggling to properly utilize social media for their brick and mortar store. One of the issues I've encountered is small business owners who feel the need to be on four or more social media platforms. This isn't necessarily...

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Learning About Exporting

At the Kansas SBDC, we offer a wide variety of resources and training to help our small businesses identify and manage opportunities for growth such as those opportunities present in international markets. On July 28th,  John Addessi, Certified Global Business Professional with America's SBDC Kansas, presented The Riddle of The Exporter in Manhattan. Thank you to John and to everyone who attended for making it a great seminar! Attendees walked through the steps of how to find important information for determining whether entering...

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