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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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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TrenDesks: Trending Toward More Healthful Work Spaces

TrenDesks™ and accessories are ergonomically-designed standing desk furniture by SunField, LLC of Manhattan, KS. Shane Feng was inspired to create TrenDesks™ after being bothered by neck problems that developed after several years of working in a traditional office environment.  Hunching over a desk most of the day, Shane found that he frequently needed to take breaks to stand up or walk around. Then he read about standing desks. He thought about just building one for himself; but building an adjustable standing desk...

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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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The Paramour Coffee Story: Excellence in the Making

Paramour Coffee, a specialty coffee company based in Wamego, has two café shops and also sells artisan coffees wholesale. Considered the grandfather of speciality coffee, in the 1960’s and 70’s Alfred Peet was at the center of the coffee revolution in the U.S. In the late 1970’s Peet sold the company to Sal Bonavita. It is in the Peet’s tradition that Jim Hovind trained and he considers his coffees to be a tribute to Alfred and Sal. In the early...

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Hot Stuff!

During Oztoberfest in Wamego over the weekend, Toto's Tacoz! launched its new line of hot sauces: Witches Manic Meltdown (a green jalapeño hot sauce) and Toto-ly OZsome (a red habanero hot sauce). It was a great time for this local restaurant, part of the Oz-cluster of Wamego businesses, to introduce its new sauces! While Colleen "manned" the hot sauce stand and greeted folks with her winning smile, Craig served up their famous tacos for the hungry crowd of Toto's fans. The condiments...

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Working With Banks: 8 Tips for Small Businesses

The WU KSBDC recently hosted a mini-conference on Access to Capital for Small Businesses. The event started with a panel of bankers discussing what small businesses need to know about working with banks. An issue of importance to many small business owners is the need for capital. The capital could be for purposes such as starting a new business, managing seasonal cash flow, remodeling, relocating, expansion or entering new markets, market research or marketing costs, bringing on more employees, modernization,...

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Getting off the Ground with Little Apple Pilates

[caption id="attachment_2859" align="alignnone" width="1087"] ... stretching out.[/caption] About 2 years ago, Hilary Santana set a goal of opening her own pilates studio. She wanted to have a studio where she could bring together the things that she needed for the types of exercise that she enjoyed that were missing from gyms. On September 1st,  she made that goal a reality! At Little Apple Pilates, Hilary offers classes and private instruction in pilates, aerial hammocks, silks, TRX, Barre, and hot yoga. (While...

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National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, and with the lower half of the country still recovering from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, a lot of businesses that were devastated by the storms are looking ahead to a long road of rebuilding. While we don't have to worry about hurricanes here in the Great Plains region, we do have other disasters that can affect us, including tornadoes, sickness, and flooding, not to mention other disasters that can ruin a business such as...

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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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