Uncorked Inspiration

Owned by Neal and Andrea Wollenberg, Uncorked Inspiration is a creative arts venue, offering "paint and sip" classes and more.  It opened doors in downtown Manhattan on May 1st.  Neal Wollenberg describes himself as having an entrepreneurial spirit. He says that he has always felt the urge to be his own boss and had the hope that someday he could turn his artistic interests into a business. His wife Andrea, who describes herself as the more business-like of the two,...

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Congratulations to NorthWind Technical Services on Your Exporter of the Year Award!

Congratulations to NorthWind Technical Services LLC on receiving the Kansas SBDC Exporter of the Year Award for the Washburn University SBDC! It is an honor to recognize their accomplishments and their contributions to the region. Learn more about NorthWind Technical Services LLC in this clip from Harvest Video ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnyDO7gDiOQ The Exporter of the Year Award is given to a business that has grown sales, added new employees, and successfully entered international markets. NorthWind was started by Mike and Marlene...

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Congratulations to Sugar Creek Country Store on Your Emerging Business Award!

Congratulations to Sugar Creek Country Store on its Kansas SBDC Emerging Business of the Year Award from the WU KSBDC! Awards are given on the basis of a new business's being a successful business, having overcome hurdles to get there and being a good community citizen.  Located on H. 24 in St. Mary's, Kansas, Sugar Creek is a bulk-food retail store with a gourmet deli and ice cream counter, all housed in an exquisitely restored historic building. Owned by Dan and Jen...

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Kansas SBDC Cybersecurity Forum

On April 25, 2018, the Kansas SBDC is putting on a Cybersecurity Forum in Manhattan, KS. Small businesses are increasingly targets of cyberattacks, with 60% of those going out of business within 6 months and the average cost of recovery being $117,000 according to the National Cyber Security Alliance. The Kansas SBDC brings together experts - see list at bottom of article - from various fields to help educate business leaders, management and small business owners in Kansas about cybersecurity...

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Practicing Gratitude: A Good Habit for Small Business Owners

With Thanksgiving this week, the holiday season is underway and with the holidays, for many small businesses, come added pressures. One way to deal with these is to practice gratitude. Not only will it make you feel better, but the practice shows good leadership and will be appreciated by those around you. • Reflect on why you are in business and the positives you get out of business ownership. If you haven't already, write these reasons down. When things get...

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Ember Woods Sawmill Puts Down Its Roots

  Ember Woods Sawmill is veteran-owned business that recently opened for service in the city of Riley, KS. After 20 years in the army, Ret. 1SG Scott Jacobs decided that he wanted to do something about which he felt passionate, something that he enjoyed doing everyday. [caption id="attachment_4391" align="alignnone" width="960"] (photo used with permission of Scott Jacobs)[/caption] Arriving at that point involved a little bit of trial and error, but he got there when he opened Ember Woods Sawmill! Located...

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National Veterans Small Business Week & Resources for Veteran-Owned Businesses

National Veterans Small Business Week for 2017 is October 30th - November 3rd. This week honors the service of U.S. veteran business owners -- and business owners who are the spouses of veterans - and recognizes the contributions that their businesses make to our economy.  To help celebrate, empower and connect veterans/spouse business owners, SBA, SCORE, Kansas SBDC and the Veterans Business Resource center have two events coming up in the Ft. Riley ( Junction City - Manhattan) area. • October...

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Helping Millennials Start Businesses

Half of all millennials want to start their own business within the next several years, according to a study conducted by the Center for Generational Kinetics in conjunction with America's SBDC - and we love to help! Millennials cited two main areas in which they want help in order to achieve their goals of business ownership: assistance with business planning and accessing capital for start-up funds. At the WU KSBDC, these are two of the areas of advising in which...

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Congratulations, Flint Hills Enduro!

Over the summer, Matt Ransom came to the WU KSBDC because he was thinking about taking over a neglected off-road motorcycle track that was overgrown with brush and hadn't been groomed regularly in a long time. Matt, who has been competing in hare scrambles for four years, had done his homework on the property and knew what he needed to do to get the track in attractive condition for riders, but still had questions about taking on the business. Matt...

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This Tote Bag Shows Why Fonts Matter

When it comes to designing marketing materials, something I've noticed with a lot of small businesses is a disregard for using proper fonts. I get it. Thinking about fonts is probably not at the top of your list when you're trying to run your business and roll out promotions for your products and services, but it would surprise a lot of people to learn just how important it is to choose the right font. The following story exemplifies the reason...

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