SBA Disaster Assistance

Thank you to Michael Aumack from the Wichita District Office of the SBA for providing information for this article. Update for Clay, Geary, Marshall, Pottawatomie, Riley, Wabaunsee and Washington counties.  Passages quoted below are from the U. S. Small Business Administration News Release Number:  KS 15692-01, dated September 17, 2018. "Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Kansas businesses and residents affected by flash flooding, flooding and severe storms that occurred Sept. 1-3, 2018, announced Administrator Linda McMahon of the U.S. Small...

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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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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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Congratulations and Good Luck to Loretta’s Artisanal Bakery & Cafe

Congratulations to Loretta Lopez on the opening of Loretta’s Artisanal Bakery and Café Loretta came to the Kansas SBDC at WU for assistance with writing a business plan for starting her bakery and for navigating the logistics of starting a business. Loretta had a reputation as a great baker from selling her goods at farmers’ markets and knew that she could make her vision of owning her open business a realty if she turned to the right resources. Having just...

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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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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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