The Kansas Entrepreneur - SBA Kansas News & Events

Wichita District Office  - January 15, 2020

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Encore Entrepreneur Enjoying Suds and Success in Dodge City

Larry Cook of Dodge City Brewing Company

Photo: Larry Cook, CEO and Brewer at Dodge City Brewing Company.

What started as a passion to make the perfect home brewed beer, led a CPA with 34 successful years in accounting to start the first brewery in Dodge City in 2017. Larry Cook and his wife Sheri own and manage Dodge City Brewing Company, LLC that features a variety of craft beers and brick-oven pizza.

It’s a state-of-the-art brewery, financed with an SBA 504 loan, with capacity to brew 600 barrels (about 18,600 gallons) of craft beer a year. The brewery is located one block off Wyatt Earp Avenue which is the main thoroughfare through Dodge City.

Larry Cook, a CPA and partner in a local accounting firm, fell in love with making his own craft beer as a home brewer in the early 2000’s. Cook had lived and worked in Wichita where he became friends with Goebel Liquor’s owner Rob Miller when their kids played on the same baseball team. Miller introduced him to craft beer, and Cook started making and perfecting his own batches as a home brewer for the next 14 years.

Read the rest of this Success Story by clicking HERE!

SBA Welcomes New Administrator!

SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza Pledges to Create More Opportunities for Women, Underserved, and Veteran Entrepreneurs

SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza

Jovita Carranza now serves as the 26th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Administrator Carranza will lead the only federal agency exclusively dedicated to assisting small business owners and entrepreneurs in starting, growing, and expanding their businesses. Additionally, the SBA provides targeted recovery support in the event of a declared disaster.

This is Administrator Carranza’s second tenure at the SBA. She served in the George W. Bush Administration as Deputy Administrator, from 2006-2009. The President nominated Administrator Carranza to lead the SBA while she was serving as the 44th Treasurer of the United States. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a strong bipartisan vote of 88-5.

“I want to thank the President for his confidence in me to be an advocate in the Cabinet for our country’s 30 million small businesses, and I want to express my sincere gratitude to the U.S. Senate for confirming me in a bipartisan fashion,” Administrator Carranza said. “I look forward to helping elevate female entrepreneurs and our military veterans, expanding access to SBA resources among entrepreneurs in disadvantaged communities, and continuing to prioritize disaster relief.”

Read more by clicking HERE!

Learn How to Expand Your Business Through Exporting on Jan. 23

How to Export

One proven way to expand your business, regardless of location, is through export sales. Exporting can increase your profits, reduce market dependence, and stabilize seasonal sales. 

Nearly 96 percent of consumers live outside the U.S., and two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power is in foreign countries. The State of Kansas has export assistance programs, the Kansas SBDC has certified export consultants, and organizations like Kansas Global Trade Services are available to help. 

On Thursday, January 23rd, tune-in to a free webinar: "Take Your Business Global with help from SBA" from 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Central to learn more!

Register for the free SBA webinar by clicking HERE!

Protect Your Business & Customers by Shoring-Up your Cyber Security

The common belief that small businesses in Kansas are too small or 'unknown' to be targeted by cyber criminals needs to end. Every business that depends on a computer system and the internet is a potential target. A 2019 study by Keeper Security, Inc. stated that "2 out of 3 respondents (66%) believe a cyberattack is unlikely (even though in reality 67% of small and medium sized businesses experienced a cyberattack in the last year)."  

Small businesses are targeted because cyber criminals know most don't have the financial resources or know-how to protect their data, intellectual property (IP), transactions or websites from being compromised.

While it may not be feasible for a small business to invest a lot in cyber security software, there are a few practical steps business owners can take to reduce risk. 

Learn more by clicking HERE!

Protect Your Business Data

If your business community, association or chamber would be interested in a free workshop on Cyber Security Essentials for Small Business, please contact Michael Aumack at the SBA to set-up one up today.

Upcoming Training & Resources:

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Kansas SBDC Workshops 

Wichita Area Events:

Meeting the 3Ms: Learning the Basics of Marketing, Management, and Money: Jan. 17 (1-3 p.m.), Jan. 28  (3-5 p.m.), or Feb. 12 (1-3 p.m.)

Quick Start Business Plan: Feb. 13  (3 - 5 p.m.) or March 18 (10 - noon)

State Tax Workshop: Jan. 29 (8:30 - noon)

State Tax Workshop for Contractors: Jan 29 (1-3:30 p.m.) 

Trademark Basics for Entrepreneurs: Jan. 30 (1-2:30 p.m.)

Do's and Don'ts of Interviewing: Feb. 18 (1 - 3 p.m.)

For more information, or to register via phone, call 316-978-3193 today!

SBDC Workshops & Events Offered Throughout Kansas

Emporia area: click HERE!
Hays and NW Kansas: click HERE!
Liberal or Dodge City: click HERE!
Topeka, Manhattan & Wetmore: click HERE!

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Wichita SCORE Business Advisors


Wichita SCORE mentors are experienced business owners and managers who offer their expertise, energy, and knowledge to assist start-ups and existing small business owners. 

Entrepreneurship 101 + 1-Page Business Plan Workshop: Jan. 18 (9:15 - noon)

Simple Steps to Start Your Business workshop: Jan. 25 (1-2:30 p.m.)

For more information, please call 316-269-6273, Email: or visit their Facebook page: 

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Kansas PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center)

Kansas PTAC Training & Events: Click HERE! 

Kansas PTAC is ready to help your business secure government contracts. The PTAC counselors provide expertise in reading and understanding government solicitations, completing government registrations and bid preparation by explaining forms, regulations and clauses. The PTAC can also assist in developing a government marketing strategy and identifying agencies that purchase your product/service.

Click HERE to learn more about what the Kansas PTAC can do for your business!

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SBA Wichita District Office Lending Report in Fiscal Year 2020

In fiscal year 2020 that began on October 1, 2019 the SBA's Wichita District Office approved 42 small business loans for $17.57 million through December 31, 2019.

The top two business sectors reflected in local SBA lending were Manufacturing and Accommodation & Food Services which combined for 43.1% of the Wichita loan dollars and 42.29% in number of loans. The third largest business sector reflected was Other Services at 15.6% of total Wichita loan dollars.

Out of the 42 loans, 15 were originated under the SBA's Express program, 25 were under the SBA 7(a) loan guarantee, and 2 were under the 504 loan program.

In FY 2020 the Wichita District's goal is to increase lending activity through robust rural outreach efforts to highlight  highlight Lender Match for borrowers and lenders, and SBA’s Franchise Directory, which has resulted in an over 50 percent increase in eligible franchise brands.  

Click HERE to see full report

SBA Wichita Office Directory

Wayne Bell, District Director, Phone: 316-269-6566 

Sarah Haymaker, Deputy District Director, Phone: 316-269-6567 

Janelle Jones, Lender Relations Specialist, Phone: 316-269-6617

Christie Henry, Lender Relations Specialist, Phone: 316-269-6572

Karol Ikeda, Economic Development Specialist, Phone: 316-269-6616 

Michael Aumack, Economic Development Specialist and Public Information Officer, Phone: 316-269-6275

Teri Taylor, Business Opportunity Specialist, Phone: 316-269-6426

Linda McMaster, District Counsel, Phone: 316-269-6191