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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: March 7-April 11. Tuesday Evenings, 5:30 – 8:30pm
Course Description: FastTrac NewVenture is a flexible, 30-hour course with a proven framework to help support aspiring entrepreneurs start businesses and begin their journeys to success. Certified FastTrac oriented environment where participants are encouraged to network with one another to bolster their business ideas.

To enroll contact Glenda Washington via email or phone at 785.231.6000.

Blue Ribbon Academy HR Series Lunch & Learn

Cost: $20/course.
Course Offering: March 14, March 28 and April 12, 2017
Presented by:

Express Employment



Course Description:

The March 14 and 28 courses will take place in the Topeka Chamber of Commerce’s boardroom. Lunch is provided.

March 14 – Essential Skills for Supervisors and Managers

Learn how to enhance your communication skills, how to provide praise and feedback, how to listen more effectively, and how to deal with employee conflict. This Lunch & Learn is presented by Monty E. Farrer.

March 28 – The Next Great Employer Challenge

We will discuss the need and methods to increase employee engagement and retention. This session will raise each leader’s effectiveness to the benefits and tools of retention as well as implementing fool proof hiring techniques to maximize your investment. This Lunch & Learn is presented by Monty E. Farrar.

April 12 – Great Leaders Build Great Teams – Simulcast – Sponsored by Express Employment Professionals
This course will take place at the Capitol Plaza Hotel from 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Speaker Lineup:

Patrick Lencioni, Leadership Consultant, Speaker and Best-Selling Author
Jimmy Johnson, Two-Time Super Bowl Champion Coach and Fox NFL Sunday Analyst
Robyn Benincasa, World-Champion Adventure Racer, CNN Hero and Firefighter

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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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