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, special events, a Business in Motion program, annual conferences, online training, customized training, and connections to area business events.

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Workshop Registration

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

View and print our January-February Business Bulletin.

 WSU Kansas SBDC January-February Business Bulletin

Special Events

Business Transitions Conference

next event will be held Spring 2020

Learn from business brokers, valuators, attorneys, investors, CPAs, and Kansas SBDC advisors in a variety of general sessions and in a choice of buy, sell or succession planning breakout sessions. Conference details and an agenda will be available soon.

Winter 2020 WSU Kansas SBDC 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.

Marketing Workshops

Social Media Starter Kit

Should your business be using social media? What social media site would be best for your business? How do you get started and create content that is engaging? This workshop provides a birds-eye-view of social media options such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. You will walk away with the ability to decide what social media site(s) to use and be able to create or update your business’ online presence.

Branding Basics
Great branding will help you stand out from your competition, establish trust, and drive sales. Brandy Willett with Encompass Why will help you understand how to develop the right brand for your business. Learn essential components of branding, key considerations, decisions you need to make, how to avoid pitfalls, and how to prepare for growth.  

Intellectual Property Workshops

Trademark Basics for Entrepreneurs
Discover the difference between a trademark, service mark and registered mark. Then, learn how to search for existing marks and logos and walk through the online trademark application process. Presenter Sara Butts is a Patent and Trademark Resource Center Representative at Wichita State University Libraries.

Human Resources Workshops

What Do's and Don'ts of Interviewing
This workshop will provide you with a general framework around which an interview format may be structured. You will leave this workshop with information on how to prepare for the interview as well as examples of acceptable and unacceptable inquiries for employment applications and interview questions. 

Accounting Workshops
Presenter Heather Denning is a Certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor, alumni of Wichita State University and local business owner.

QuickBooks Online: The Basics
Learn how to use the go-to cloud-based accounting software to help manage your company's finances. This workshop will cover the basics of bookkeeping, how to set up your QuickBooks Online account, how to record common transactions, and how to analyze your company's performance. 

QuickBooks Online: The Details
Learn how to make the most of this cloud-based accounting software to help you manage your company's finances more efficiently. This workshop will cover more complex bookkeeping functions such as payroll, invoicing, inventory management, sales tax, etc. Also learn about the numerous programs created to assist with these functions that integrate with QuickBooks Online. 

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 Conferences

Business Transitions Conference Encountering Innovation Week

Business Transitions Conference

2020 conference planned for spring.

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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

2020 Date TBD

Pitch your tecchnology to tech scouts!

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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, the U. S. Small Business Administration offers a variety of online courses to help you start and run your business. 

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

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