Business Tip Tuesday: Local Resources for Kansas Small Business Owners
One thing we’ve learned as small business owners is that the network of local entrepreneurs is a tight-knit and supportive community. Other KC business owners are willing to share the tips, tricks and resources that have helped them along the way and our community is nothing short of amazing. As small business owners ourselves, we feel the responsibility to help others, too. Because it wasn’t so long ago that we were trying to get our business off the ground and so many others were gracious with their support and encouragement along the way!
This isn’t to say that we have it all figured out. Owning a small business is a lifelong learning engagement – but one that’s well worth it. We decided to compile and share a list of all the websites, tips and resources that have helped us along the way and we hope that they help you, too!
Sba.gov – The sba.gov website is the site of the U.S. Small Business Administration and is a great resource for entrepreneurs who have just an idea to small business owners who are deep in the throes of their business venture. They have resources that range from: “10 Steps to start your business,” resources on how to get funding and local assistance, and they even have a list of courses you can take online from “How to write a business plan” to “Finding and attracting investors”. The Sba.gov website is one of our favorite resources.
Kansas Small Business Development Center. The Kansas Small Business Development Center is ran by Johnson County Community College and helps entrepreneurs and small business owners start and grow their businesses. They offer informative workshops for small business owners just starting out, to business advisors for growing your business, and even offer help with market research.
Kauffman Foundation. The Kauffman Foundation has been a champion of entrepreneurs, doers, and small business owners since its inception. The Kauffman Foundation is a great resource for KC locals looking to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. The Kauffman Foundation is the parent of entrepreneurial communities which includes: The ESHIP Summit, The Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship, and Global Entrepreneurship week. In addition to Entrepreneurial Learning Resources, including: 1 Million Cups, Entrepreneurship.org, and Kauffman FastTrac.
Find a mentor or coach. Another great resource is to get in-person mentoring and accountability coaching. Sometimes all the “to-do’s” for a small business owner can be overwhelming. By enlisting the help of a career or accountability coach, you can share with this person your goals and dreams and they will keep you accountable in achieving those goals! One of my favorite local coaches is, Sarah Uchytil, Career Coach!
I hope this list helps you with getting your entrepreneurial dreams off the ground!