GO Topeka Update – February 2016
GO Topeka Unveils A New Financial Tool to Help Small Businesses
New Business Projects
There are currently 29 projects in the New Business Projects portfolio. The majority of the projects are from the Advanced Systems Technology industry as you can see from the image above. 7 of these projects are from international companies. Of the 29 projects that are currently in the pipeline there are 2 that are new this month. Not included in the 29 projects that were mentioned above there were 2 projects that we were not able to submit on because we do not have enough land. One requested 800 acres and the other project requested 200 acres with an additional 300 acres for a future expansion; they both needed utilities and rail access as well.
Welcome to New Board Members
To see a full listing of board members, click here.
Did You Know… Workforce
Did you know that Topeka/Shawnee County has its very own Workforce Development One-Stop Center, for your hiring needs as employers and your career needs as potential employees? The One-Stop Center is also known as the Topeka Workforce Center, KANSASWORKS, Heartland Works and the Kansas Department of Commerce Workforce Services. Generally, customers do not know which organization they are working with as they brand as the workforce development “one stop center.” They are one of the state’s best kept secrets and are located at 1430 SW Topeka Boulevard.
Lean Six Sigma and the Small Business Scholarship
Another opportunity to register for an upcoming Lean Six Sigma: Yellow Belt class, March 3-4, offered through Washburn’s Center for Organizational Excellence. Washburn University and GO Topeka have partnered to offer financial assistance with Lean Six Sigma classes in the form of a Small Business Scholarship to non-profits (501c3 or 501c6) or small businesses who have participated in the Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development (EMBD) program. The support is intended for organizations of approximately twenty(20) employees or less. The financial assistance is a shared cost between the applicant, GO Topeka, and Washburn University with each entity contributing a third of the regular course fee. For more information regarding the scholarship click here or call 785.670.1399. And for more information regarding the upcoming Yellow Belt class, click here.
The next classes are the FastTrac NewVenture that starts March 1. We also will be having a FastTrac GrowthVenture and more Blue Ribbon Academy Lunch & Learns similar to the one pictured below! To see a full listing of the events and to register, visit the calendar on our website.
We also want your participation. The window to nominate businesses for Small Business Awards is here. Go here to download the nomination form. Nominations are due March 11, 2016.
Washburn University Marketing Research students have requested our help to take a survey to help them better understand Topeka’s entertainment preferences. You can take the survey here. See the full details in the press release here.