On average, our clients start a business every week. 

We will help you launch your new business with a combination of training and individual, confidential advising.

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Complete our intake process.
Each business launch is different, and we want to personalize the process for you. We would like to learn a little bit about your plans before our first meeting. The information that you provide during this advising intake process will help us determine your next best steps, so please help yourself by providing accurate and complete information. The process normally takes 5-10 minutes. After you complete the intake process, our staff will contact you.

Your advisor will connect with you by Zoom, telephone, and internet to step you through the startup process. You will learn about licenses and permits, business legal structure, financing your business, loan applications, marketing, and any topics specific to your business needs in individual sessions with your advisor.

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Register for no-cost webinars for startups.
Learn from no-cost webinars to get off to the right start and to fast forward your startup process. See our current webinar offerings on the training registration page. Rotating training includes these topics:

Startup and Start Right
This webinar will cover the 10 steps to take to start your business. Learn about licenses and permits, federal and state tax IDs, business structure, funding, marketing and other essentials.

Hobby to Hustle
Turn your hobby into revenue. This workshop will outline how to create a low-investment business to diversify your income and bring in some side cash.

Don't Be Afraid to Start
Starting a business can be scary! This workshop will help you get past your fears and get started.

How to Start an Online Business
This eCommerce crash course outlines the website building platforms that can help you start an online business. 

Moving Forward with Ecommerce
After you establish your business online, take your sales to the next level. This webinar will show you how to connect your online business to your marketing efforts and capture more sales.

What You Need to Know About SEO
Your website is online, but does anyone notice? Shift your website from invisible to visible with search engine optimization tips and a SEO checklist.

State Tax Workshops
Carl York from the Kansas Department of Revenue will help you with the basics that you need to start a business in Kansas. His State Tax Webinar and State Tax Webinar for Contractors receive rave reviews from workshop participants! 

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Check your credit report and credit score.
Lenders use credit scores to help determine your qualification for a loan. Know where you stand! Providing us with this information will help us suggest your best financing options.

Most lenders base their decisions on FICO scores. You can purchase your FICO score for $20 from https://www.myfico.com. Before you pay, check with your bank, credit card companies, and financial services companies to find out if they offer free FICO scores to their customers. 

The three major credit reporting agencies — Equifax®, Experian®, and TransUnion® — team to offer a VantageScore® that uses a different scale than FICO. The VantageScore® can be useful for educational purposes. You can view and print a free VantageScore® using one of these services: bankrate.com, credit.comcreditkarma.com, creditsesame.com, freecreditscore.commint.com, quizzle.com

Need more information about your credit? Order your free credit report at https://www.annualcreditreport.com or by calling 1-877-322-8228.

Questions? Need help? Call us at 316-978-3193 or email ksbdc@wichita.edu. We look forward to working with you!

The Kansas Small Business Development Center at Wichita State University is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.