No matter how many years you have spent in your field, there is always another lesson to be learned or skill to be honed. Or, if you are an employer, most likely you have realized the necessity of challenging your employees and keeping them educated on the latest ideas and trends. Since the majority of the existing and emerging careers in Wichita require associates degrees and/or certificated skills, our community offers several avenues toward exploring interests and testing aptitude.
Starting and Growing a Small Business
Information and Resources
If you are interested in starting a business or growing an existing one, the following resources can offer assistance. A brief overview of each one is provided. As part of their services, they can appropriately connect you with one or more of the many additional resources that are available to small business in Kansas.
This organization provides free consulting services, referral services to other small business programs and resources in our area, and affordable workshops on a variety of business topics. It is staffed by trained professionals who will schedule an appointment with you, consult with you one-on-one, and refer you to other resources as needed.
Network Kansas is a central portal that connects entrepreneurs and small business owners with the right resources: expertise, education, and/or economic, at the right time. They will assign a referral coordinator who will assist you through the process, listen to your needs, identify the resources that may be able to assist you, and connect you to them.
NetWork Kansas Minority & Women Business Multiplier Loan Fund
The Minority and Women Business Multiplier Loan Fund (MWB) provides gap financing to help minority and women-owned businesses (MBE/WBE) and other disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE). Funds are flexible and can be used for a variety of purposes, including equipment, inventory, and working capital. Entrepreneurs work with a NetWork Kansas resource partner to apply for funds.
View the program brochure for more information.
The Kansas Business Center is a “one-stop shop” for information and resources you’ll need to do business in Kansas, including filings, licensing, permitting and personal assistance to start or maintain your business.
The Center for Entrepreneurship offers two ten-week educational programs that are open to the public. One is targeted for the starting business, FastTrac New Venture, and FastTrac GrowthVenture, is for the existing business that wants to grow.
W. Frank Barton School of Business
Kansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
The Kansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center helps businesses with government contracting. They offer a variety of services, including an overview of the contracting process, assistance with certification, identification of opportunities, and preparing proposals.
The Express Office is a convenient payment center that combines services into one location for the quick payment of a variety of fees. The office also assists with business licensing, dog licensing, and garage sale permits. The Express Office is located on the first floor of City Hall, and their phone number is 316-268-4375.
455 N. Main
The Small Business Administration offers numerous programs including assistance to businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically-disadvantaged individuals, referrals for financial assistance through guaranteed loans made by area bank and non-bank lenders, and special loan programs are available for businesses involved in international trade. A Women’s Business Ownership Representative and a Veterans Affairs Officer are available to assist.
220 W. Douglas Ave, Suite 450
The Business Services Team at the Workforce Center offers numerous human resource services to small businesses. These include job postings, candidate screening, skills assessments, job fairs, and meeting space for interviewing.
City of Wichita economic development brochure
The City of Wichita has developed a brochure that gives an overview of Wichita’s quality of life, downtown amenities, manufacturing base, major rankings and accolades, and economic development incentives.
The Wichita E-Community offers entrepreneurs practical resources to help start and grow businesses located in qualifying low-income areas of Wichita. Apply for loan funds or access other capital to startup or expand, work with qualified professionals to address specific business questions, or access a statewide network of specialized business resources at low or no cost.
Click on Businesses, scroll down to Economic Development, click on Small Business Guide
525 N. Main
Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE)
The SCORE organization is staffed by retired business executives who can provide guidance and information as you work on your business/idea.
220 W. Douglas Ave, Suite 450
Wichita Technology Corporation
Wichita Technology Corporation's mission is to support technology advancement, transfer and commercialization in Kansas. Their services include enhancing research & development activity, providing business assistance at crictical phases of a technology start-up life cycle, and providing access to capital.
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