WICHITA: SMALL CONTRACTORS TRAIN FOR GROWTH

Prosper Community Contractor Collective is a Wichita program to help existing small and emerging minority-owned businesses grow and earn a chance to bid on contracts to improve Central Northeast Wichita neighborhoods.

The program is for businesses in: lawn care, hauling, painting, electrical and small repair.

The four-week training program will be held Tuesday nights in February, 6 to 8 p.m. at Founders’ Grove, 2333 E. 21st St. N., Wichita. Topics include: professionalism and brand management, business strategy and planning, and understanding the proposal process. The course is taught by Darrius Wright, principal, Kansas Business Services, and Christina Long, president/CEO, Create Campaign, Inc.

To participate, participants must be:

A legally-structured for profit business as defined by the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office and operating using an EIN. / Must have a minimum of one-year in business. / Must show business activity in 2019. / Must be a Wichita-based company. / Should be socially disadvantaged company as described by the U.S. Small Business Administration. / Must carry business insurance. / Must pay enrollment fee of $50 which covers materials and meals.

Enrollment ends Jan. 27, 5 p.m. and space is limited. To enroll, go to tinyurl.com/prosperccc. If after the deadline, call for info.

WYCO: FORWARD CITIES

The WyCo Unified Government Economic Development Department has partnered with Forward Cities to host a series of workshops for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

FORWARD CITIES is a national organization with the mission to create more inclusive, equitable, and resilient economies in cities. The workshops will be held the 2nd Monday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bethany Community Center, 1120 Central Ave, Kansas City, KS.

The first workshop was held Jan. 13 and covered “Funding My Business: Grants, Loans and Other Alternatives.” There were vendors there with info on different types of financing available for businesses in the community. The first event had over 100 attendees. The next workshop will be Feb. 10.

WICHITA: LAUNCH PREP

LAUNCH PREP, a program for early stage startups, is accepting application through Feb. 3. LaunchPrep, a partnership between the Wichita State University Center for Entrepreneurship and the e2e accelerator, provides early-stage companies access to a select group of Wichita’s most successful entrepreneurs. Their one-on-one has been found to help create and environment for participating businesses to scale properly and develop and long term vision. For more, go to Wichita.edu/launchprep

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