The Kansas Entrepreneur: SBA News and Events

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Wichita District Office  - May 2022

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Want to Scale-Up Your Existing Business? SBA T.H.R.I.V.E. Program May be Right for You! Apply by 5/31

THRIVE Emerging Leaders Reimagined

T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined is an executive-level training series intended to give ambitious small business leaders a challenging opportunity to accelerate their growth through targeted training. T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined revolutionizes the rich history of executive-level training for established small businesses poised for growth.

While there is no financial cost to participate, participants will invest their time and effort to develop a strategic growth plan for their business. The comprehensive curriculum includes 100+ hours of professional specialized training and peer-to-peer counseling to provide business owners with the tools they need to catapult their company to the next level and achieve sustainable growth.

This training is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business. T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined advanced training series is open to small business owners and executives that:

  • Have annual revenues of at least $250,000
  • Have been in business for at least three years
  • Have at least one employee, other than self
  • Have a strong desire to grow their business

T.H.R.I.V.E. will be a hybrid virtual and in-person executive-level series is limited to twenty participants and is intended to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses in America’s underserved cities and communities.

Here is a link to a YouTube video from an alum about their experience with the program

To apply for the T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined program and to learn more, please go to: The deadline to apply is May 31, 2022.

Questions? Please call Michael Aumack at 316-269-6275.

Apply Today!

Encountering Innovation Conference - June 6-9

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Encountering Innovation is the Easy Button for Innovators Looking to Commercialize their Technology!

All virtual conference will feature targeted matchmaking sessions. 

  • Conference is the Premier Midwest Multi State Tech Transfer Advance Manufacturing Event.
  • Private Pitch Sessions Tech Scouts from agencies such as DoD, DHS, FBI & NASA representing 12+ States.
  • 60+ Advanced Manufacturing Companies have registered to participate.
  • Matchmaking Sessions with Advanced Manufacturers & Primes Looking for Tech Innovations.
  • Federal Primes Including Honeywell & Northrop Grumman will attend!

Encountering Innovation Conference is funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Click HERE to learn more!

Grow Your Business by Selling to the Government

How to Do Business with the Federal Government

Learn how to do business with the General Services Administration (GSA) on SBA's Contracting Corner webinar on June 10th.

You name it, the GSA might buy it.

Learn about the General Services Administration (GSA), and how they purchase products, services and workspaces. Gain a better understanding of the GSA Schedules.

Meet Bill Strobel, Procurement Analyst, Small Business Technical Advisor for the Heartland Region 6 of the General Services Administration (GSA) as he discusses the “ins and outs” of doing business with GSA.

GSA is more than just the government’s landlord. It is a major player in the Federal Marketplace. Specializing in providing innovative solutions for Federal agencies’ needs resulting in the purchase of products, services, and workspaces.

Click HERE to Register!

Training Events for Entrepreneurs:

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Kansas Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Virtual Training Events:

QuickBooks: The Basics - Tues., May 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

QuickBooks: The Details - Tues., May 31 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

StartUp and Start Right: Wed., June 1 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 

Encountering Innovation Virtual Conference: June 6-9

DBE-MBE-WBE Certification: Wed., June 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Lending 101: Tues., June 14 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Social Media - Where to Start: Wed., June 15 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Hiring 101: Wed., June 22 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Unemployment Tax - Understanding Regulations: Thurs., June 23 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

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Kansas PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center) is ready to help your business secure government contracts!

How To Stand Out In A Competitive Market With A Capability Statement - Wed., June 8 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Competing for Government Contracts: Basic Training - Wed., June 15 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Kansas PTAC's Guide To Successful Proposal Writing: Wed., June 22 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

SCORE: America's Small Business Mentors

Since 1964, SCORE Mentors has provided volunteers, seasoned mentors, and free to low-cost resources to help small business owners nationwide succeed.

SCORE's Wichita chapter helps more than 2,100 small business owners in Kansas with over 700 mentoring sessions yearly and has a rating of nearly 9 out of 10.

Government contracting

SBA Proposes Changes to Expand Small Business Eligibility in Manufacturing for Federal Contracting and Loan Programs

New Rule Affects Nine Industrial Sectors. Public comments are due by June 27th.

The SBA is seeking public comments on a proposed rule that would revise the employee-based small business size standards for businesses in nine North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) sectors. The proposed changes would increase small business eligibility for SBA’s federal contracting and loan programs.

The proposed changes in nine sectors, including manufacturing and transportation, will enable more mid-sized businesses to regain small business status and allow current small businesses to retain small business status for a longer period, thereby allowing them to benefit from SBA’s procurement and loan programs.

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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: 316-272-6023

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