March KSBDC Webinars

State Taxes for Retailers

March 28 @9am (Online)

A Kansas Department of Revenue Representative will give you the basics in this free webinar. Topics include sales and compensating use taxes, tax forms and how to file them, estimated taxes, and recordkeeping.


State Taxes for Construction Contractors

March 28 @1pm (Online)

A Kansas Department of Revenue Representative will focus on sales tax issues for construction contractors and subcontractors, including those who provide services such as plumbing, carpentry, electrical, roofing, HVAC, and landscaping. Learn about applying sales tax to materials and labor, Project Exemption Certificates, tax returns, billing, and more.


Best Business Plan Practices

March 28 @1pm (Online)

Learn from a panel of local SCORE Mentors as they discuss best business plan practices learned from real life experience. Mentors will share what they’ve seen that works, what doesn’t, and offer suggestions that will help you succeed.


What Bankers Look for in a Business Plan

March 30 @12pm (Online)

The typical objective of a business plan is to secure funds via a commercial loan, but how do you know you’ve got the information correct? Join Vince Haworth, retired banker with SBA’s Capital Access Center, as he shares what bankers really look for in a business plan.



NSF SBIR Informational Webinar

March 28 | Online via Zoom

This webinar is a special opportunity for the region to connect with a program officer and ask direct questions about the NSF SBIR/STTR program. Eric Pierstorff
is a Program Director in the Small Business Innovation Research Program at the National Science foundation. In this hour long webinar, Eric Pierstorff will be describing the SBIR/STTR program at NSF. He will also cover the SBIR/STTR program's goal, funding philosophy, topics, funded examples, and the project pitch process. There will be 10 minute One-on-One meetings from 2pm-3pm for additional a discussion with the SBIR Program Director. This webinar does not cost to attend, but registration is required.


DEI Professional Development Series

March 29 @9am | NetApp at WSU (1850 Innovation Blvd Wichita, KS 67208)

The DEI Professional Development Series is comprised of three DEI training sessions that will cover how to create safe spaces for courageous conversations, inclusive language, and the DEI playbook. Attendees will be able to use the practical information learned from these trainings in their everyday work.



Midwest Air Force Collider

Do you have  technology the Air Force might be interested in?

This virtual event brings the United States Air Force and the small business community together to connect and collaborate. This enables the opportunity for small business innovation to quickly deliver advanced technologies to the Air Force.

  • Connect with potential Air Force Customers
  • Potential Air Force SBIR program funding opportunities


Selected companies will be invited to pitch their technology to Air Force representatives in June 2023. 

Apply Now!

Patent Basics

April 4 @9:30am (In Person - Ablah Library Room 217)

This workshop will introduce new inventors to types of patents and applications, patent eligibility, parts of a patent, how to find free legal assistance, patent searching, and more. This is a basic hands-on workshop intended to take some of the mystery out of patent searching. The goal is to show you the tools of patent searching so that you can continue the search on your own. Patent attorneys and their teams can also do a patent search for you (for a fee) or in addition to your search, but it helps to be familiar with the process and to take advantage of free databases. We will explore the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's patent databases, the European Patent Office's patent database, and Google Patents using keywords and the patent classification system.


Kansas Minority Business Summit

April 4 @4pm (In Person - DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Wichita, KS)

Don’t miss Deborah Gladney, CEO and co-founder of WorkTorch as she shares “A founder's story: navigating the ups and downs of entrepreneurship.” Learn from Deborah’s personal experience and what it takes to go from the idea stage to a growing business.

Other dynamic speakers and panels will cover timely topics aimed to empower your business:

  • Ways to Fund Your Business
  • How to Do Business in the Private Sector
  • HR of Business
  • Small Business Association Announcements – Loan Incentives, Events and Virtual Contracting Corner
  • Diverse Supplier Programming
  • Enrich your Pitch



Meet the Lender - Matchmaking Event

May 10 @8:30am (In Person - WSU Marcus Welcome Center)

Representatives from several banks, certified development companies, and alternative lending sources will be on hand to meet with existing and start-up business owners to discuss funding for:

  • Business Start-ups
  • Working Capital
  • Business Expansions
  • Refinancing
  • Business Modernization
  • Commercial Real Estate

Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to:

  • Pitch financing needs to multiple lenders during one-on-one scheduled, 10- minute sessions!
  • Access business advisory services from participating resource organizations such as the SBA, SCORE, Kansas Small Business Development Center, etc.