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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Man Behind The Winged Lion

The Winged Lion, LCC is a home décor and gift boutique located in downtown Manhattan, Kansas. Its loyal customers turn to owner Ralph Diaz for all kinds of decorating and gift-giving advice ... and advice on life as well!  Ralph opened The Winged Lion in August of 2014 to fulfill a dream that he had been holding onto since a trip to NYC in 1987. On that trip, Ralph visited a store that he loved everything about right down to...

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