Small Business Resources for March 2017

DTSKCK's Small Business Grant ProgramDescription: Our grant program assists the small business owner or entrepreneur with “gap filling," something our research indicates is greatly needed. Follow the link to learn more and apply.

Pop-Up! Downtown KCK Description: The goal of Pop-Up! Downtown KCK is to create a vibrant downtown that serves as a destination for Wyandotte County and Greater Kansas City. Downtown Shareholders will achieve this goal by facilitating the short-term lease of vacant storefronts in Downtown KCK. Downtown Shareholders matches entrepreneurs looking to launch their business or test the downtown market on a short-term basis with property owners who have street-level, storefront and office space available for occupancy.

Urban Predevelopment Funding Description: The Catalytic Predevelopment Fund provides low-interest, flexible predevelopment loans for projects in the urban core of Kansas City, Kansas. The fund acts as a catalyst to spur development in low to moderate income neighborhoods by providing the critical capital necessary in the early phases of real estate development projects.

Small Business Financing 101 Description: From starting up or expanding your business to recovering from disasters, SBA loan programs are available to help your business succeed. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides many financial assistance programs for small businesses to assist in meeting your key financing needs.

Introduction to Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs Description: SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurship Education provides this self-paced training exercise as an overview of crowdfunding (also commonly referred to as ‘crowd financing’ or ‘crowd sourced capital’). You will find the course easy to follow and the subject matter indexed for quick reference and easy access. It will take about 30 minutes to complete the course. As audio is used throughout the training, please adjust your speakers accordingly. A transcript and keyboard shortcuts are available to further assist with user accessibility. The highlighted next steps at the conclusion of the program will help you apply what you have learned and engage you in the process of crowdfunding. When you complete the course, you will have the option of receiving a completion confirmation from the SBA.

Introduction to Pricing Description: Learn about pricing and the impact that it has on the success of your business. From determining your price to implementing your pricing strategy this course will give you the resources to sound pricing strategies.

Market Research Description: You have a great product or service, but who are your customers and how can you reach them? This course will give you an overview of how to identify your customer and how to market to them.

Marketing 101: A Guide to Winning Customers Description: This course provides a basic overview of marketing for small business owners who are looking to reach a broader customer base and expand their markets. Learn what marketing is and why it is vital to growth. The course covers how to conduct market research and developing marketing strategies while providing marketing resources for small business owners.

Sales: A Guide for the Small Business Owner Description: You have a great product or service. Now you have to sell it. This course will give you an overview of sales plans and other tools to get your product or service into your customer/consumer’s hands.

Social Media Marketing Description: Are you using Social Media to help increase sales of your product or service? Do you lack the basic knowledge to take advantage of the incredible marketing reach that social media offers? This course is designed to show you how to utilize social media marketing to grow your business. You will learn research processes and strategies to help you harness the power of social media marketing.

Strategic Planning Description: Learn what Strategic Planning is and why it is a vital part of running your business. This course will explain why strategic planning is important and describe typical steps taken in the process. Get the tools to create successful strategic plans that will propel your business to success.

February 2017 Resources