Sugar Creek Country Store and the Kansas SBDC

Thank you to Dan Hohman from Sugar Creek Country Store for sharing his story about working with the Kansas SBDC and to Harvest Video for producing the video! It is a pleasure and honor to work with such talented people! https://www.facebook.com/WashburnSBDC/videos/900935553627900/?__tn__=kC-R&eid=ARCMSlEONE0sTNmuim7f4di10H7E0VNqZsD1sY7DEq7x4Svc7hoCa9fetu6Jq7npFp3LYIgrtHa-gfSZ&hc_ref=ARSWs9aBSucXbUZ0JSV0fYSQvXV1UkQph3WP9GB6b4ZVrdbfVbFGBg1QdEKgiYS2zRk&fref=nf&__xts__[0]=68.ARBUwmyZ8VePJNDm0MZaV9NCHmkeKB5Zr8Fa3Wg6A285j1a3L67y8eEb8NxQAVjn8sZVSDywBMoW8IgZ9tUqoJPFKWVNj14EVHMbRD9d4LkaZjPxso83-doisJayV3tW36jUwHszjNhHEbwBsOIyiuRPmRygN3v9-4mMl7WsQq54ZUzAjiqyjWEgGF620Mbx9zmrQ3woJxE Laurie Pieper, Ph.D. Business Advisor Washburn University Kansas SBDC America's SBDC Kansas

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Government Contracting for Women-Owned Small Businesses

Contracting opportunities with the world's largest consumer of goods and services offer tremendous potential for financial growth to women-owned small businesses. As part of the Federal Government Resources Streamlining Act of 1994, the U.S. government set a goal of awarding 5% of its contracts to small businesses owned by women. To help reach this goal, in 2011, the Small Business Administration (SBA) instituted the Women-Owned Small Business Program. This allows federal government contracting officers to set aside contracts for competition...

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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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Cybersecurity Awareness: It’s Not Just for IT Professionals

Many small businesses think of their IT professionals as their cybersecurity superheroes, their ever-vigilant line of defense.  True though this may be, talk to any IT professional  and he or she will tell you that cybersecurity is not just an issue for IT guys/gals. It is an organizational issue. Business ownership/leadership/management needs to be educated about risks and risk mitigation and involved discussions about cybersecurity in order to plan strategically and lead from a position of knowledge and preparedness. The...

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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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Celebrating America’s SBDC Day!

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...

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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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Cutting Through The Noise

Modern marketing is interesting. While many people will argue that it’s evolving and becoming technologically advanced, it still usually rests on the tenants of impressions and exposure at its roots. 4,000 ads a day, that’s what most sources will say the average American is exposed to. Our brains bombarded via airwaves, billboards, display ads and the like. So, what are we to do? If you think about it personally, how many advertisements do you pay attention to or actually care...

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The Dreaded Marketing Resolution

New Year’s Day has come and gone and so has the dreaded resolution that accompanies it.  According to a study by the University of Scranton, about 8% of people actually accomplish their goals by the end of the new year. Some people love the “resolution,” but for most people, it is a source of dread. While I won’t take the time to challenge you to make your staff happier, make 300% more profit, or grow a product line (all good...

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