Frustrated? Here’s how we help.
Every business owner gets frustrated at some point in their career. And for many it’s difficult to know where to get affordable, yet beneficial help. Where do you go to get support without paying out cash you don’t have? Where do you find a good sounding board? Or even learn something more about your business – all in confidence?
In short, the Kansas SBDC.
Maybe you’ve heard of us or have been referred to us for business plan help. As I’ve shared before, the consulting team at the Kansas SBDC is probably best known for our help in this area.
Yet we do more. Much more. And we do it well.
In 2013 we helped more than 11,974 small business clients (small business owners, decision makers, employees) through one-on-one consulting and training.
Our help consistently makes a difference in our small business clients’ businesses. In 2012 when all of Kansas businesses reported flat jobs growth, our clients increased the number of employees they hired by 55.5%. That same year, when all of Kansas businesses grew sales by 5.9%, our clients grew their sales by more than 28%.
To achieve the job growth and sales growth we helped our clients with more than just business plans. We helped with marketing, financing and capital access, financial analysis, and cash flow management. And while we work with entrepreneurs and individuals interested in starting businesses, where we provide a great deal of assistance that you may not be aware of is in business operations and management as well as the process of buying and selling a business.
Each of our centers located across the state can assist in every area of your business at every stage of your business lifecycle – at start up, growth and expansion, transition, and even through the successful sale of your company.
To use our services, you can:
Option 1) Contact the center in your area (the center links below provide a list of counties they serve) to request consulting. We suggest downloading and completing the following to expedite the process: request for counseling, Initial Assessment Form, and Summary of Money Needs forms.
Option 2) If you’re not seeking consulting at this time, take advantage of face-to-face training offered across the state. Check out each center’s website or click here to access a quick list of upcoming training across the Kansas SBDC network.
Option 3) If you don’t have time to attend a specific training at a specific time, take advantage of our free online training resources first, then contact a center whenever you’re ready for consulting.
My point is this, frustration happens. If owning a small business was easy, anyone could do it. At the Kansas SBDC we’re the friendly face on the other side of the frustration. Call us. You don’t have to do this alone.
About our Author
Logan Hildebrand is an aspiring intern at the Kansas SBDC and is currently attending Washburn University in pursuit of three degrees: business marketing, management, and entrepreneurship. She has a passion for capturing the awes of consumers through social media and marketing, and has been interning at the state office and the Kansas SBDC at WU for the past 2 years in order to develop her experiences. Adapting to the ever-changing field of marketing and social media is a strength of hers, as well as making a delicious cup of coffee. Her dream is to one day open her own coffee shop and continue her marketing aspirations through that venture. Until then, she will be providing this blog with insightful, interesting, and useful posts to help aid in the development of marketing in businesses that need assistance.