7 Things Women Business Owners Should Embrace

The third full-week in October is National Business Women's Week. As an advisor to small business owners, many of whom are women, and as a woman business owner myself, I try to note issues that I observe resonating with women in this circle.  Based on these observations, here is some advice with which I think that experienced business owners would largely agree. 7 Things that Women Business Owners Should Embrace Making Money  While it feels good to be able to give...

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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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Export Training in Manhattan, KS

Small to medium-sized businesses account for over 80% of the exporters in the state of Kansas.  This shows that export is not only for big businesses. Yet of the nearly 250,000 small businesses in Kansas, only around 3,000 are involved in export. Kansas is most known for its exports in transportation and agriculture, but a wide variety of products and services are exported from our state. While not every business has a product or service that can be exported, there...

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GT Manufacturing: Award-Winning Kansas Exporter

GT Manufacturing, Inc., based in scenic Clay Center Kansas, is the recipient of the 2017 Kansas SBDC Exporter of the Year Award, the 2016 Governor's Exporter Award and the 2014 SBA Exporter Award for the state of Kansas.  GT Manufacturing, Inc.'s is the world's leading manufacturer of batch grain dryers. Its mission is no small one: it is to help feed the world through preventing grain loss in the field. This small business of 44 employees exports to more than...

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Primary Color: Exporter of Music

Earlier this year, Primary Color Music won the KU KSBDC Existing Business of the Year Award. The Kansas SBDC Business of the Year awards honor businesses based on their successful performance and good corporate citizenship.  I had the pleasure of interviewing PCM founder Sam Billen for this article. Lest anyone think that the only exporters in Kansas are either in the aircraft industry or agriculture, let me call attention to Primary Color Music. PCM is a music composition and design...

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Export: A Growth Area for Small Businesses

  According to the U.S. Commercial Service, small businesses “have vast untapped export potential.” Despite the fact that many people associate international trade with large companies, big businesses make up only a small portion of U.S. exporters. Although fewer than 1% of U.S. businesses export, small to medium-sized businesses account for 98% of the number of U.S. businesses exporting. This should encourage small business owners who view the prospect of entering global markets as terribly daunting. Export is not just...

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