WSU Kansas SBDC Training

State Tax Workshop    Buy Sell Workshop    SBIR Workshop    Encountering Innovation Week Panel

The WSU Kansas SBDC offers many opportunties to meet your training needs and interests, including workshops, a Business in Motion program, annual conferences, online training, customized training, and connections to area business events.              

Workshop Registration

We offer over 100 workshops a year! Register online or call us at 316-978-3193.

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Fall/Winter Workshops  

Startup Workshops

Meeting the 3Ms: Learning the Basics of Marketing, Management, and Money
If you want to start a new business, the three Ms are critical. This free workshop offers essential information about Marketing, Management and Money that will help you assess the feasibility of your business idea and start writing your business plan. Learn where to get required licenses and permits, how to finance your business, business plan development and more. Please attend this workshop prior to meeting with a Kansas SBDC Advisor. 

Quick Start Business Planning
Using a simple narrative template and a simple cash flow template, you will learn how to develop the key elements of your business plan. You will be able to use the business plan you develop with these templates as a basis for your final business plan.

State Tax and Regulations Workshops
State Tax Workshop

As a small business owner, you know you need to pay taxes. But where do you start? What do you really need to do? Experts from the Kansas Department of Revenue will give you the basics in this workshop. Topics covered will include sales tax, withholding tax, and record keeping. You will be shown what forms you need to file and how to fill them out.

State Tax Workshop for Contractors
Do you provide plumbing, carpentry, electrical, roofing, heating/air conditioning, or related services? This workshop is devoted exclusively to sales tax issues for contractors, subcontractors and repairmen. Learn how sales tax applies to materials and labor, Project Exemption Certificates, sales tax returns, billing, and related issues.

Kansas Department of Labor: Understanding Regulations
KDOL will present an overview of unemployment tax requirements including: Unemployment Insurance (UI) Tax Liabilities, Process to Apply for a UI Tax Account, Steps for Filing Tax Returns, New Hire Information, State Information Data Exchange System, and clarification of the difference in classifying a worker as an employee or independent contactor.

Managing Change

Roundtable - Your Agenda, Your Discussion   
Kansas SBDC staff will facilitate this interactive roundtable where you can explore your challenges and share your successes in a solution-focused setting. Come ready to converse and prepare to leave inspired!

Liquor Store Owners - Prepare for Changes 
In April 2019, changes in Kansas regulations will impact alcohol retailers. Are you prepared? Bryson Potter, an enforcement agent with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, will explain the changes. Kansas SBDC staff will give you marketing tips to better compete with grocery and convenience stores and to draw customers for the new, non-alcoholic items that you can sell.

Marketing Workshops

'Tis the Season: Making the Most of Your Marketing
Holidays represent a great opportunity for business owners to make an impact to close the calendar year. Learn fun ways to make a lasting message with your audience using holiday happenings as an inspiration.

Accounting Workshops

QuickBooks: How to Get Started Correctly
Learn QuickBooks Desktop from a certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor. You are encouraged to bring a laptop. The workshop focus is on setup, navigation, and features. Gain skill in operational usage for accounts receivable and payable, printing checks, and reconciling your accounts.

QuickBooks: Advanced Operations
Learn QuickBooks Desktop from a certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor. You are encouraged to bring a laptop. This class will show advanced setup of items and classes. You will also learn how to customize forms, use credit card features correctly, and work with payroll from setup to liability payments. Completion of Get Started workshop or instructor permission required.

Government Contracting Workshops

Federal Contracting and Woman-Owned Small Business Set-Asides
The WOSB program authorize contracting officers to set aside certain federal contracts for eligible WOSBs. Teri Taylor with the SBA will familiarize you with the program definitions, processes and requirements necessary to participate in the federal marketplace as a WOSB program prime contractor.

Is the 8(a) Program Right for You?
The 8(a) Program is a nine-year certification opportunity offering assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Certified businesses can qualify for set-aside and sole source contracts with federal buyers. This presentation offers a general overview of processes, requirements, and benefits.

All Small Mentor Protégé Program
The All Small Mentor-Protégé Program helps protégés improve their ability to compete for government contracts and helps mentors gain increased access to federal contracts. Mentors can provide virtually any type of assistance to help protégés become more competitive. Mentors and protégés can also form a joint venture relationship to pursue contracts. This workshop will cover qualifications, the application process, joint ventures and other program details.

Business in Motion Program

        Business in Motion: Making Business Expansion Easier

Several of our workshops target business expansion. If you are interested in expanding through export, government contracts, franchise, new markets, new products, and the web, view our Business in Motion page. Testimonials from our customers will give you insight on expansions processes.

Annual Events

Business Transitions Conference     Encountering Innovation Week

Business Transitions Conference
  Business Transitions Conference   Business Transitions Conference   Business Transition Conference    Business Transitions Conference Frank

Over 70% of small to medium sized businesses in Kansas are owned by baby boomers nearing retirement. The transition of these businesses offers major opportunities both to those retiring and to younger entreperneurs.

Learning how to prepare a business to sell, develop a succession plan, value a business, find the right buyer, find the right business to buy, use a business broker, acquire financing, utilize employee stock option plans, and other key information can result in a more successful business transition from both the buyer and seller perspective.

Our annual fall conference offers insights from experienced business brokers, valuators, attorneys, investors, CPAs, and Kansas SBDC Advisors. The agenda includes both general sessions and a choice of breakout tracks.

Encountering Innovation Week

Encountering Innovation panel   Encountering Innovtion pitch   Encountering Innovation mixer

 The Kansas Small Business Development Center Tech Innovation Center offers an annual Encountering Innovaton Week event to connect innovators with funders and support to accelerate technology commercialization. Innovators from across the Midwest are invited to pitch their ideas to technology scouts from the U.S. Department of Defense and other interested parties. Innovators are also invited to exhibit during a poster board event and to share their public "Bottom Line Up Front" information (BLUFs) on the Encountering Innovtion website.      

Online Training

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For those of you who love online learning, check out the 26 workshops we offer in English and Spanish through the Kansas SBDC Virtual Advisor Training Program. 

Customized Training

Customized Training

Want something different? Want something more? We will develop customized training specifically for you and your employees.

Strategic planning is our specialty, and we provided facilitated training to dozens of area companies. Is our strategic planning process successful? Our participants think so. Read their testimonals. Call us for a free assessment of your needs at 316-978-3193.

Area Business Events

We work closely with a large network of resource partners, and we will be glad to connect you to area business training and events. Our  business events calendar provides informtion about dozens of area activities. 


Participants in Kansas SBDC events and workshops agree to allow the Kansas SBDC staff and official photographers to photograph and record them in the context of the event. Images captured may be used on Kansas SBDC websites, posted on social media, shared with media outlets, and/or used in future print and electronic promotional materials. For questions or concerns, please call 316-978-3193 or email