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Small Business and Entrepreneurial Courses

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

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FastTrac New Venture

Cost: $55
Course Offering: August 15 – September 26. Tuesday Evenings, 5:30 – 8:30pm
Course Description: FastTrac NewVenture is a flexible, six-week course with a proven framework to help support aspiring entrepreneurs start businesses and begin their journeys to success. Certified FastTrac Affiliates teach the courses in an interactive, group-oriented environment where participates are encouraged to network with one another to bolster their business ideas.

Course Overview

  • Align business concepts with real market opportunities
  • Learn how to set realistic financial goals for your business
  • Create a one page business plan
  • Gain access to the Kauffman training site
  • Find your target market and competitive advantage
  • Define your companies brand
  • Determine the steps to profitability
  • Identify potential sources of business funding
  • Find available community resources for ongoing business planning.

To enroll contact Mary Ann Anderson via email or phone at 785.231.6000.

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Mind Your Business - A Social Media Workshop

Cost: FREE
Course Offering: June 14, June 21

Course Description:

June 14 – Using Facebook for businesses, boosting with purpose and analytics overview.

June 21 – Marketing using Instagram for business, Twitter, etc.

This is an interactive series, please plan to bring your laptop or iPad to both sessions.

Presented by: Austen Witte, Sprout Communications, and Mindy Lee, Washburn University SBDC.

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Succession Planning for Small Businesses

Course Date: May 16, 2017, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Course Description

Learn the techniques used in identifying and developing those who will take your place and options for the transition.  Understand how to transfer an existing business to family members, non-family members and employees.  Identify the steps used when considering to sell to independent parties and more.

Presenter: Jeremy L. Graber, Foulston Siefkin LLP

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Blue Ribbon Academy - Marketing

Course Description:

April 18 – Making it Rain: 5 Secrets to Successful Selling – Led by Andrea Engstrom, CEO, Bajillion Agency

In this session, Andrea shares simple secrets that anyone can do to close more deals. You’ll learn the five ways to increase your sales and commissions, and what it means to the bottom line when you do.

May 11 – Marketing 101

Marketing approached from the basics to the seemingly impossible. The actions you take could be the revenue you earn tomorrow. This course will be presented and moderated by Caleb Asher, president & CEO, Sprout Communications. With the following special guests:

This course will be presented and moderated by Caleb Asher, president & CEO, Sprout Communications. With the following special guests:

Michel’ Cole, VP, corporate communications & public affairs, Westar Energy
Julie DeVader, director of marketing, FHLBank Topeka
Andrea Engstrom, CEO, Bajillion Agency
Jake Huyett, executive VP, marketing & account services, jones huyett Partners
Brett Oetting, president & CEO, Visit Topeka
Alex Reilly, vice president, MB Piland

May 23 – Guerrilla Marketing – Getting the Most Out of Your Budget – Led by Caleb Asher, president & CEO, Sprout Communications

Marketing doesn’t have to be complicated. It also doesn’t have to be expensive. Learn how to maximize any budget and differentiate your business in a world of options.

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