June 15, 2014

Help for starting a new business

Kansas Small Business Development Center

Kansas Small Business Development Center

What it does: Basic and advanced coaching, classes, online resources. Especially good for beginners with a free two-hour workshop every week.

Location: 5015 E. 29th North, corner 29th and Oliver

Contact: 316-978-3193


NetWork Kansas

What it does: Routes entrepreneurs statewide to the right organization or government agency; several funding programs.

Contact: 877-521-8600


Service Corps of Retired Executives

What it does: Individual basic and advanced business coaching for free; some classes. Under the SBA.

Location: 220 W. Douglas, Suite 450

Phone: 316-269-6273

Small Business Administration

What it does: Guarantees private loans, point agency for government contracts, great online resources.

Location: 220 W. Douglas, Suite 450

Phone: 316-269-6566


Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce Small Business Division

What it does: Specializes in plugging businesses into the community, including the chamber’s economic development organization.

Location: 350 West Douglas Ave.

Phone: 316- 265-7771


Wichita State University

What it does: Mostly for students, but there is some entrepreneurship training, marketing and technical advising for local businesses.

Contacts: Center for Entrepreneurship, 316-978-3000; Center for Economic Development and Business Research, 316-978-3225; Technology Transfer Manager, 316-978-5199


Wichita Tech Corp.

What it does: Nonprofit that advises and invests in high-tech companies in a variety of fields

Location: 7829 E. Rockhill Road

Phone: 316-651-5900


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