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Business Development

The following are links related to business development. The links have been divided into several categories:

Business Development – General

Center for Entrepreneurship, Wichita State University:
The Center for Entrepreneurship offers public forums, training programs, and training tools on the topic of entrepreneurship.

The Kansas Business Center:
The Kansas Business Center is your official state resource for information, filings, and personal assistance to start or maintain your Kansas business. If you're thinking about starting a business, the Kansas Business Center is a one-stop-shop for the information and resources you'll need in order to do business in Kansas.

AgManager.info:
The AgManager.info website is a comprehensive source of information, analysis, data, and decision-making tools for agricultural producers, agribusinesses, and others. The site serves as a clearinghouse for applied outreach information emanating from the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University. Topics presented on the AgManager.info site include:

  • crop and livestock marketing and outlook reports
  • crop insurance
  • farm management
  • agricultural policy
  • human resources
  • income tax and law
  • data sets
  • agribusiness

Network Kansas:
NetWork Kansas is devoted to the growth of entrepreneurship and small businesses throughout the state of Kansas. Their mission is to promote an entrepreneurial environment by providing a central portal that connects entrepreneurs and small business owners with the right resources - Expertise, Education and Economic Resources - when they are needed most.

Agricultural Marketing Resource Center:
The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC) brings together experts from three of the nation’s leading agricultural universities - Iowa State University, Kansas State University and the University of California - to provide independent producers and processors with critical information needed to build successful value-added agriculture enterprises.

K-MAR-105 Association:
K-MAR-105 has provided financial accounting systems and financial performance benchmarks to agricultural producers since 1968. They provide data processing services that include financial statements, and whole-farm and enterprise benchmarks for farm business organizations. K-MAR-105 Association is a non-profit educational corporation associated with the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University, the Kansas Farm Management Association, and K-State Research and Extension.

Kansas Farm Management Association:
The Kansas Farm Management Association (KFMA) is one of the largest farm management programs in the U.S. The Economists, faculty members of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University, work cooperatively with farm families to provide members with  production and financial management information for use in decision making.

Kansas Small Business Development Center:
Growing Kansas Entrepreneurs is the goal of the KSBDC. They accomplish this goal by assisting established firms, growth companies, and start-up enterprises to meet the challenges in today's evolving global marketplace.
KSBDC Regional Offices

Management Analysis and Strategic Thinking:
Management Analysis and Strategic Thinking (MAST) combines new information and decision making tools with online distance learning to develop management skills in agricultural producers. By learning farm management tools and their applications, participants are equipped to cast a vision for their businesses and handle the challenges of the changing landscape of agriculture.

Master of Agribusiness:
K-State’s Master of Agribusiness is an award-winning, distance education graduate degree program that focuses on food and agribusiness management. Not an MBA in agribusiness, and not an M.S. in Agricultural Economics, but a professional degree program with more than a decade of experience aimed at training managers for one of the most rapidly changing industries today.

The Office of Minority and Women Business Development:
The Office of Minority and Women Business Development promotes business development with a focus on minority- and women-owned businesses. Information and referrals are provided in the areas of procurement, contracting and subcontracting, financing and business management. The office also partners with other business advocates to sponsor business education workshops and seminars. A statewide directory of minority- and women-owned businesses is published by Commerce to assist those searching for businesses, products and services.

U.S. Small Business Administration:
The SBA is an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small business concerns. See, particularly, their Small Business Planner.

The Free Management Library:
A complete integrated online library for nonprofits and for-profits. The Free Management Library provides easy-to-access, clutter-free, comprehensive resources regarding the leadership and management of yourself, other individuals, groups and organizations. Content is relevant to the vast majority of people, whether they are in large or small for-profit or nonprofit organizations. Over the past 15 years, the Library has grown to be one of the world's largest well-organized collections of these types of resources.

American Express Small Business Exchange:
This site provides small business articles, advice, news and classifieds.

Business.gov:
Business.gov is the U.S. Government's official website for small businesses. It provides access to Federal, state, and local information that helps business owners successfully start and operate while staying compliant with laws and regulations.

Bizlink:
Bizlink provides hundreds of links to online business information sources.

Business Owner’s Toolkit:
This website makes available business tools, newsletters, Webinars and much more. Thousands of pages of information and tools to help you start, run and grow your business, including:

  • Small Business Guidebook--thousands of pages of information, including all the essential information on starting, planning, financing, and marketing your small business.
  • Business Tools--step-by-step checklists, model business plans, forms, and other business documents that you can download and use today.
  • Advice-oriented columns on topics of interest to small businesses.

Entrepreneurship.org:
This site is an online information resource for entrepreneurs and supporters of entrepreneurship by the Kauffman Foundation. Entrepreneurship.org provides a solution to information overload on the Web by providing highly filtered information coded by stage of business development.

Edward Lowe Foundation:
The foundation actively embraces and encourages entrepreneurship as the source and strategy for economic growth, community development and economically independent individuals. Their mission is to champion the entrepreneurial spirit by providing information, research and educational experiences that support entrepreneurship and the free enterprise system.

Concept Marketing Group:
This website provides helpful information on marketing your business traditionally and on the Internet, including a fairly extensive library.

MoreBusiness.com:
This site is a comprehensive resource for small businesses. It contains tips, articles, ideas, templates, worksheets, sample business plans, tools, financial benchmarks, sample contracts, and much more.

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Business Development – Contacts

NetWork Kansas:
NetWork Kansas is devoted to the growth of entrepreneurship and small businesses throughout the state of Kansas. Their mission is to promote an entrepreneurial environment by providing a central portal that connects entrepreneurs and small business owners with the right resources - Expertise, Education and Economic Resources - when they are needed most.

KCSourceLink:
KCSourceLink’s mission is to help small businesses in the 18-county Kansas City region - from Warrensburg to Topeka, from St. Joseph to Osawatomie - grow and succeed. They provide small business with free, easy access to the help they need - when they need it.

BUZGate.org:
BUZGate is a free state-by-state gateway that connects individuals to the resources they require for starting, growing, and succeeding in business. Links to many chambers of commerce and economic development organizations in Kansas.

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce:
You can search by name or business type in a directory of approximately 3,000 chamber members. Includes complete contact information and links to member websites.

Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce:
This site allows you to search business by category in the Manhattan area.

Marketing Resource Center Associations Directory:
This link is to a searchable directory of business-related associations around the world. You may search by Title, Area Code, City, State, Zip Code or Category.

Telephone Directories on the Web:
Infobel provides you with a comprehensive index of online international phone books, including searchable white pages, yellow pages, and fax directories.

Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce:
This site has an alphabetical business category index of chamber member businesses. It includes complete contact information and links to member websites.

Google:
Google is one of the most popular and powerful search engines on the Web.

Bing:
Bing is Microsoft’s challenge to the Google search engine.

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Starting a Business & Small Business Development

Center for Entrepreneurship, Wichita State University:
The Center for Entrepreneurship offers public forums, training programs, and training tools on the topic of entrepreneurship.

The Kansas Business Center:
The Kansas Business Center is your official state resource for information, filings, and personal assistance to start or maintain your Kansas business. If you're thinking about starting a business, the Kansas Business Center is a one-stop-shop for the information and resources you'll need in order to do business in Kansas.

Network Kansas:
NetWork Kansas is devoted to the growth of entrepreneurship and small businesses throughout the state of Kansas. Their mission is to promote an entrepreneurial environment by providing a central portal that connects entrepreneurs and small business owners with the right resources - Expertise, Education and Economic Resources - when they are needed most.

Kansas Small Business Development Center:
Growing Kansas Entrepreneurs is the goal of the KSBDC. We accomplish this goal by assisting established firms, growth companies, and start-up enterprises to meet the challenges in today's evolving global marketplace.
KSBDC Regional Centers

The Office of Minority and Women Business Development:
The Office of Minority and Women Business Development promotes business development with a focus on minority- and women-owned businesses. Information and referrals are provided in the areas of procurement, contracting and subcontracting, financing and business management. The office also partners with other business advocates to sponsor business education workshops and seminars. A statewide directory of minority- and women-owned businesses is published by Commerce to assist those searching for businesses, products and services.

U.S. Small Business Administration:
The SBA is an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small business concerns. See, particularly, their Small Business Planner.

Small and Home-Based Business Virtual Library:
The University of Maine-Extension has gathered Extension publications related to small business management from Land Grant Universities across the nation and organized them by topic.

SBAonline’s Women’s Small Business Center:
The Office of Women’s Business Ownership exists to establish and oversee a network of Women’s Business Centers throughout the United States. Through the management and technical assistance provided by the WBCs, entrepreneurs, especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged, are offered comprehensive training and counseling on a vast array of topics in many languages to help them start and grow their own businesses.

How-To | Starting a Business:
A series of “How to…” guides on a host of issues related to starting a business.

eXtension: Entrepreneurs & Their Communities:
A Community of Interest organized by the Cooperative Extension System.

Small Business Series, Ohio State University - Extension:
A series of community development fact sheets from Ohio State University, related to entrepreneurship, home-based business, and micro enterprises. Topics include business plans, taxes, financing, human resource management and others.

Oklahoma State University:
This site has Micro and Small Business fact sheets.

Starting a Business, Purdue University-Extension:
This site has an offering of series of publications related to starting a business.

Entrepreneur:
This is a website with numerous articles related to starting a business.

Business Owner’s Toolkit:
This website makes available business tools, newsletters, Webinars and much more. Thousands of pages of information and tools to help you start, run and grow your business, including:

  • Small Business Guidebook--thousands of pages of information, including all the essential information on starting, planning, financing, and marketing your small business.
  • Business Tools--step-by-step checklists, model business plans, forms, and other business documents that you can download and use today.
  • Advice-oriented columns on topics of interest to small businesses.

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