The online resources highlighted below were collected by the KSBDC team to provide our clients easy access to the vast array of resources available to both startup and existing entrepreneurs in the state of Kansas. Any links to outside organizations are not an endorsement of said companies, but are provided to assist with collecting information. Please feel free to contact your KSBDC regional office to discuss these resources in more depth.
Social Media for Businesses
Succession Planning/Exit Strategies
Marketing is the customer and revenues management portion of the business and extends greatly from traditional sales and advertising. The following resources provide information on the marketing function.
The SBA Marketing and Outreach section includes numerous marketing tools.
The American Marketing Association is a worldwide professional association for marketers.
Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is a national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture.
FAMEE Foundation provides in-depth, free small business marketing courses for entrepreneurs.
Inc.com has an extensive list of archived articles about marketing along with many other small business tools and information.
The Business Owner's Toolkit offers step by step marketing advice, as well as comprehensive tools in many other aspects of small business.
MarketingProfs is an online business blog which features many listings from various marketing experts.
A variety of MicroLoan programs exist. Often banks are reluctant to make very small business loans, which is where these programs come into play. Often these loans require bank rejection letters accompanying the application. The goal of these loans is to make small loans when traditional bank financing is not possible.
The U.S. SBA has information about the restructured Community Express Pilot Loan Program.
Kansas USDA - Administers the USDA's business development program for rural communities. For more information, visit their website at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ks/cbp-biz.htm
Certified Development Companies - Some CDC's offer microloan programs and others do not. For a complete listing of CDC's in Kansas, feel free to visit http://www.KACDC.com.
Minorities are starting businesses at a faster rate than ever before and many opportunities are present. The following resources are provided to assist in your research.
The SBA 8a program is oriented towards assisting minority businesses.
Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission
Kansas African American Affairs Commission
Office of Native American Affairs-SBA
DiversityBusiness.com is website portal focused on opportunities for minority business and connecting them with large suppliers interested in doing business with minority companies.
Proposalwriter.com is a commercial site that has minority business resources.
IRS Tax Information for Charities and Other Non-Profits
USA.gov for Non-Profits
About.com Nonprofit Charitable Orgs
Facebook Case Studies
Twitter 101 for Businesses
Twitter Slide deck and print guide for businesses
Foursquare & Your Business
The KSBDC Network has compiled the following articles/resources related to succession planning and creating an exit strategy. Please contact your KSBDC regional center for additional information.
Cornell University: Estate and Succession Planning for Small Business Owners
SCORE: Developing a Succession Plan
How to Create a Business Succession Plan by Mark P. Cussen
Entrepreneur.com: Exit Strategies for Your Business
Mold Making Technology: Nine Common Mistakes in Business Succession Planning
Prentice-Hall, Inc. Family Business & Management Succession (list of resources/links)
Center for Entrepreneurship at Wichita State University: The Kansas Family Business Forum The forum is designed to provide unique learning experiences to those involved with family businesses. Educational seminars bring owners, families and managers together to address issues of ownership and management succession, strategic planning, estate planning, family dynamics and family governance. Forum programming features a mix of national and local experts on family business issues.
SBA- Transfer Ownership- Information about estate and gift taxes and management in family- owned businesses.
The Internal Revenue Service has many downloadable forms to assist you with your tax needs. They also have an online seminar to discuss small business tax issues. Visit their website at http://www.irs.gov/. Some specific IRS links are provided below.
Small Business Products Online Ordering-IRS.gov
Publication 4667, Tax Information for Small Businesses and the Self-Employed, a free, laminated bookmark, provides Key Search Words to help business owners locate important tax information on IRS.gov quickly and easily.
SS4 Form - Application for a FEIN (federal employers id number)
Publication - Tax Guide for Small Businesses
Guide to Business Expense Deductions
Publication - Business Uses of the Home
Publication - Employer's Tax Guide
Independent Contractors Versus Employees Guide
The Kansas Department of Revenue offers online forms and publications and answers questions about registration and valuation of business assets, to name a few. Visit their website at http://www.ksrevenue.org/business.htm. Some specific KDOR links are provided below.
Kansas Business Tax Application Form - PDF version for printing
Kansas Business Tax Application Form - INSTRUCTIONS
Kansas Sales Tax - Publication
Kansas Sales Tax Forms
Guide to Kansas Withholding Tax - Publication
Kansas Withholding Tax Forms
The Kansas Small Business Development Center has developed a NEW PRODUCT assessment tool entitled "Analyzing Your New Product.". Click here to download the assessment tool.
Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation (KTEC) is a private/public partnership established by Kansas to promote technology based economic development. KTEC assists Kansas entrepreneurs and technology companies by supporting the development and commercialization of new technologies through a statewide network designed and built to support researchers, entrepreneurs, and technology companies through each phase of the technology life cycle.
The ultimate goal of the program is to create rapid growth companies and higher paying jobs. The KTEC's many programs and affiliate organizations fall into three basic functional areas:
Strategic Research and Development/Centers of Excellence: Located at the state's universities, these Centers conduct basic and applied industry-led research that is the foundation for new products and technologies.
KTEC's Intense, Hands-on Business Assistance/Incubators Unique private/public partnerships designed to turn intellectual property and science into businesses and products to sell in the marketplace.
KTEC Investment Funds: KTEC provides equity investment in early-stage technology companies and helps companies acquire the capital they need in critical early states.
The U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Technology administers the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program. Through these two competitive programs, SBA ensures that the nation's small, high-tech, innovative businesses are a significant part of the federal government's research and development efforts. Eleven federal departments participate in the SBIR program; five departments participate in the STTR program awarding $2 billion to small high-tech businesses.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has devoted this sight to "small business technology research" and provides information about finding ways to encourage government funding of the latest technology.
Kansas Innovation Marketplace is a web-based forum aiming to match Kansas inventors with buyers.
Have a business but not a website? This tool will enable you to get on the Web and it is free! Google Local Business Center
SBIR Gateway provides resources, conference information and SBIR agency links.
Top 10 Social Networks for Entrepreneurs, By Dan Schawbel,03.12.09
Website Grader--this site offers a free assessment tool for your website
US Small Business Administration provides specific information for veterans who own or aspire to own small businesses.
Patriot Express is a new pilot loan initiative (June 2007) for veterans and members of the military community who want to establish or expand small businesses.
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers entrepreneurial guidance to existing or prospective small business owners who are veterans.
GallantFew, Inc GallantFew, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non profit nationwide Veteran mentor network that helps our returning heroes transition successfully from military service to civilian life. GallantFew provides a social network, professional development, emotional support and physical assistance.
Getting Veterans Back to Business Resource Guide was developed by the SBA for small business owners returning from an active tour. It provides tools to help reestablish a business.
Vet Fran is a voluntary effort of International Franchise Association member companies that is designed to encourage franchise ownership by offering financial assistance to honorably discharged veterans.
Vet Biz is the Center for Veterans Enterprise Web portal. The mission of the CVE is to improve the business climate for veterans, to minimize access barriers and to inform the public about the benefits of working with veteran-owned small businesses.
The Veterans Corporation is an organization focused on serving the needs of veteran business owners.
The Veterans Administration's Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization site assists veterans with identifying opportunities related to their veteran status.
The SBA Office of Advocacy has a research project on veterans and business ownership-comlted in November 2004.
NaVOBA this is the National Veteran-Owned Business Association site.
Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs has information and resources for veterans and their families.
US Census data on Veteran Business Owners this includes 2002 survey information on the characteristics of veteran owned businesses and veteran business owners.
Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Resources:
KSBDC offers consulting for veterans interested in obtaining the SDVOSB designation. Visit our Contact Us page for a center near you.
NaVOBA this is the National Veteran-Owned Business Association site.
US Small Business Administration
fbo.gov (Federal Business Opportunities)
census.gov (NAICS Codes)
dnb.com (Dun & Bradstreet)
ccr.gov (Central Contractor Registry)
orca.bpn.gov (ORCA questionnaire)
The gap between women-owned versus male-owned businesses continues to close at a rapid pace. The opportunities and success achieved by women-owned businesses are incredibly encouraging. The following resources are provided to assist women in seeking specific resources.
The Kansas Women's Business Center provides a variety of resources for women-owned businesses in the state of Kansas.
Office of Women's Business Ownership (OWBO) is part of the SBA Program and is a site designed to help women run or start a small business.
Womenbiz.com provides information about government contracts and bids and is specifically directed at women-owed businesses.
SCORE has assembled this list of hotlinks to useful websites for women entrepreneurs.
Womensnet.net you will find lots of helpful resources here, from grants for women business owners to detailed practical help with marketing, advertising and accounting.