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Training & Events

GO Topeka hosts many classes, training seminars and events throughout the year. Many classes are put on by GO Topeka’s Entrepreneurial & Minority Business Development that include FastTrac New Venture and FastTrac Growth Venture programs. In the Fall we have the annual Small Business Conference as well as the Women’s Initiative Reception and in the Spring we have the Small Business Awards events.

If you have any questions about any events and training seminars, contact Matt Lara.

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Kansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center


Kansas PTAC is ready to help your business secure government contracts. We provide individualized counseling and informative training seminars about timely contracting issues and the latest guidelines to help you learn how the procurement system can work for you. We assist in developing a government marketing strategy and identifying agencies that purchase your product/service.

We can help find government advertised bidding opportunities using our web-based bid-matching service that searches more than 2,000 federal, state and local sites each day. Our counselors provide expertise in reading and understanding government solicitations, completing government registrations and bid preparation by explaining forms, regulations and clauses.

To apply to be a Kansas PTAC client, read the guidelines below then apply here. See details to register for upcoming classes below.

Upcoming Classes

Competing for Contracts: Basic Course – September 14, 2017 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Defense Contract Audit Agency Conferences – September 21, 2017 1 – 5 p.m.


Kansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center’s (PTAC) mission is to assist viable businesses located in the State of Kansas with potential market expansion through procurement opportunities with the government which enhances local economies.

Kansas PTAC Services

  • Marketing products/services to the government
  • Training seminars
  • Identify product/service codes
  • Understand laws and regulations
  • Government registration and certifications
  • Notices of contracting information/changes
  • Socioeconomic programs
  • Bid/quote/proposal preparation
  • Understand specifications, standards, and procurement histories/National Stock Numbers (NSNs)
  • One-on-one counseling
  • Bid notification services

Guidelines for Becoming a Kansas PTAC Client

  • Meet Federal responsible contractor standards
    • Adequate financial resources*
    • Comply with delivery/performance schedule
    • Satisfactory performance record
    • Satisfactory record of integrity/ethics
    • Organization, experience, accounting and operational controls, technical skills*
    • Production, construction and technical equipment and facilities*
  • Sell products/services purchased by the government
  • Not on Excluded (Debarred) list
  • In business for at least one year
  • Person available to devote time to government contracting
  • Know your pricing
  • Computer with connectivity to the internet
  • Email
  • Business plan
  • Marketing plan
  • 5 or more employees

*or ability to obtain

Disclaimer: Provided in part by a sub-award through Wichita State University (funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency).

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GO Topeka hosts training events and seminars throughout the year. Look at the calendar to find a class that fits your needs.

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If you have any questions or would like more information on small business and entrepreneurial courses, please contact GO Topeka Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development at 785.231.6000 or send an email to

Download the 2016 Directory of EMBD Graduates and Certified MBE/DBE/WBE Businesses here.

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Small Business Awards

On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, GO Topeka and the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce recognized local businesses, a nonprofit agency and a small business advocate for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the Shawnee County Community.

Secretary Antonio Soave, Kansas Department of Commerce, was the keynote speaker. Congratulations to our finalists. The businesses listed in bold were the winner in each category.

  • Emerging Entrepreneur of Distinction – Successful business owner who has been in business one to two years.
    • Crescent Foundry, LLC dba The Foundry
    • Norsemen Brewing Company
    • Shana Cakes, LLC
  • Non-Profit Award of Distinction – Must be legally formed as one of the following: 501(c)3, 501(c)4, 501(c)5, 501(c)6.
    • Boys and Girls Club of Topeka
    • Topeka Rescue Mission, Inc.
    • YWCA of NE Kansas
  • Minority and Women Owned Business of Distinction – A minority-owned business is a business that is at least 51% owned and operated by one of the following: Native American, Hispanic/Latino, African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander or Subcontinent Asian. A woman-owned business is a business that is at least 51% owned and operated by a female.
    • Finding My Way Books
    • Prairie Glass Studio
    • Oasis Family Medicine Associates, LLC
  • Capital City Business of Distinction – An individual who owns 51% of a small business and is responsible for the principal operations of the small business
    • Envista Credit Union
    • HME, Inc. – Haas Metal Engineering
    • Sprout Communication, LLC
  • Small Business Advocate – Provides technical assistance to small businesses, supports the development of entrepreneurs or raises the awareness about the importance of small businesses to the community.
    • Create Uplift, LLC
    • Jenny Torrence – Owner, Serendipity, Pinkadilly, NOTO Burrito
    • TK Business Magazine, Inc.

To read the full release on the winners, click here.


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Washburn Center for Organizational Excellence

CFOE Logo 2015_003The Washburn University Center for Organizational Excellence offers quality education and consultation services responsive to organizations of sizes and all types: service, manufacturing, government, education, non-profit, and others. The Center serves as a resource to the community, the region and beyond by providing professional development and consultation to enhance professional competence and organizational capacity.

Facilitating the University’s goal of “learning for a lifetime”, the Center provides opportunities for enhanced understanding, skill development, and applications that can effect change and support continuous improvement at both the individual and organizational levels.

Formed in partnership between the Washburn University School of Business, Office of Graduate Programs and Academic OutreachGOTopeka, and Crimson Corporation, the Center offers quality education and consultation services responsive to organizations of all sizes and types: service, manufacturing, government, education, non-profit, and others.

For more information click here.

Non-Profit and Small business scholarship pROGRAM

Recognizing that there are many small organizations that can benefit from the portfolio of the programs offered by the Center, but that may not have sufficient financial resources, Washburn and GO Topeka have partnered to offer financial assistance to non-profits (501c3 or 501c6) and small businesses who have participated in the Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development (EMBD) program.  For more information click here.

To register for a class or workshop with the Entrepreneurial, Minority & Small Business Development (EMBD) Program, please check the calendar of events for upcoming trainings

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Washburn Tech Programs

Washburn TechGO Topeka recognizes community members may want to start a new career, change careers or update their current skills.  We offer support  through a variety of initiatives and programs partnered with Washburn Tech to serve the Topeka and Shawnee County community.

The Joint Economic Development Organization/GO Topeka Scholarship provides eligible Washburn Tech students enrolled in high demand career programs with scholarships ranging from $250-$500 per semester.  More information about the scholarship opportunity may be found here.

GO Topeka is also pleased to provide marketing and recruitment support to the partnership between Washburn Tech and BNSF to offer NARS-certified curriculum (National Academy of Railroad Sciences) in their Locomotive Diesel Technician program.

In addition, Washburn Tech, in partnership with GO Topeka and in cooperation with area food manufacturers, offers the pilot Manufacturing Technology or M-Tech training initiative.  The program provides intensive technology training to workers and links them to good jobs in the food manufacturing field.  Graduates are prepared for entry-level production positions and are prepared to earn the Certified Production Technician national industry credential.

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