Starting and running a small business requires resources. There are businesses, government groups, and nonprofits ready to help you.
We’ve compiled a list of Lawrence small business resources and created tools and guides to help you operate a successful business in Kansas.
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Local Resources for Small Business in Lawrence
Using local resources can make a big difference. Here are some of the best local resources for small businesses in Lawrence.
To learn more Kansas business resources, visit our Kansas Small Business Resources guide.
Kansas SBDC At KU
The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.
KU Innovation Park
Located on the campus of the University of Kansas, this organization provides lab and office space for entrepreneurs. One unique offering is the help of MBA students, who can assist your company with various projects (this is known as their Business Analyst Intern Program). The BTBC also has connections with the Medical & Life Sciences, Software & Hardware, and Energy & Chemicals departments at the university. They can assist startups by referring them to a vetted network of professional accountants, lawyers, etc.
Focuses on startups with the potential for high growth and jobs creation, typically in technology fields.
2029 Becker Drive
Lawrence, KS 66047
Phone Number: 785-832-2110
Lawrence Public Library
Library computers are a great free source for online research databases. You can also access funding opportunities. The LPL offers workshops and training sessions on how to make the most of their business-friendly resources, or you can schedule a one-on-one appointment with a librarian who can walk you through the process. Aside from online databases, the library also offers print materials on a variety of small business topics and access to grant information.
You need a library card to check out any materials or access the online materials remotely.
707 Vermont St.
Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone Number: 785-843-3833
SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.