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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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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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Classes

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 manderson@gotopeka.com.

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

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Fourth Annual Women of Influence Awards

Nominations for the Fourth Annual Women of Influence Awards is now closed. We are reviewing the submissions. Keep an eye out for the announcement of the nominees. The criteria for awards is below.

Woman of Influence – A woman who is influential within her company or industry. She displays strong leadership experience and inspires other women. A visionary with a track record of accomplishments.

Outstanding Entrepreneur – A female entrepreneur who contributes to the success of other women and entrepreneurs. She has experienced business growth and promotes sound business practices, a commitment to excellence and is a contributor to her community.

Distinguished Mentor – A woman who advises other women in order to help them advance and develop their own path to academic and professional success. She generously shares her time to be accessible to the mentees. Imparts guidance and expertise in encouraging and critiquing the mentee’s leadership, training and other scholarly works. Encourages mentees in networking activities with other professionals. Promotes and makes others aware of the contributions and value of their mentees.

Community Service – A woman who has been involved in community service, such as boards, commissions or community groups. She has strong leadership skills and serves as a role model for inspiring others to change their community. She has influenced decision-making on issues and enhanced the quality of life in her community.

Rising Star – An up and coming female executive or business owner with less than five years at a company or in business. She has strong leadership skills and her actions have and continue to make an impact on the community. She is an innovator and inspires others.

Education – A woman whose creativity and innovation has impacted education. She has made an impact in training and education for the Shawnee County Community. She has strong leadership skills, serves as a role model and inspires others.

Past Award Winners:

2014

Community Service – Glenda DuBoise
Education – Joanna Lassley
Mentorship – Cindy Barry
Outstanding Entrepreneur – Diana Ramirez
Rising Star – Sarah Fizell
Woman of Achievement – Amanda Kiefer

2015

Community Service – Anita Wolgast
Education – Dr. Beryl New
Mentorship – Justice Marla Lukert
Outstanding Entrepreneur – Martha Piland
Rising Star – Stephanie Heston
Woman of Achievement – Dr. Brenda Dietrich

2016

Community Service – Carol Bradbury
Education – Pam McComas
Mentorship – Angel Zimmerman
Outstanding Entrepreneurship – Barbar Ebert
Rising Star – Christie Appelhanz
Woman of Achievement – Joan Wagnon

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Small Business Awards

On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, GO Topeka and the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce will recognize 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, will be our keynote speaker. Congratulations to our finalists.

  • 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.

Click here to register. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, contact Glenda Washington.

 

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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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