Best Small Business Resources in the Topeka Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Kansas has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Topeka area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Kansas.

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Kansas SBDC at WU

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Offers Free Service

Description

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.

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712 Innovations

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Offers Free Service

Description

This organization is primarily a coworking space, but also offers classes and other events. Most events are members-only, but some are open to the public. Typically, these events involve consulting opportunities with companies like SCORE, learning skills such as how to use different computer applications, and marketing and sales strategies. A makerspace on-site offers wood and metal working machines as well as electronics workstations.

Restrictions

Businesses in Topeka or Shawnee County.

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712 S Kansas Ave., Suite #1
Topeka, KS 66603
785-783-8062
info@712innovations.com


Go Topeka

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Description

Go Topeka offers several series of classes as well as opportunities to secure funding for your startup. Their instructional resources include 6-week courses in entrepreneurship basics and monthly seminars on rotating topics like marketing or legal basics. They have a variety of funding programs including matching incentive programs, training assistance, and microloans for qualifying businesses that may have trouble securing financing from traditional small business lenders.

Restrictions

Businesses or individuals must reside in Shawnee County.

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CONTACT INFORMATION:

120 SE Sixth Ave., Suite 110
Topeka, KS 66603
785-234-2644
manderson@gotopeka.com


Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

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Offers Free Service

Accepts Walks In

Description

This library offers several business databases that will help you identify competitors, learn the basics of starting a business, and much more. There are several team rooms that can be reserved for meetings and larger rooms available that seat 20 to 30 people. The library also offers lists of books to check out relevant to a startup.

Restrictions

Library card required to access certain services.

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CONTACT INFORMATION:

1515 SW 10th Ave.
Topeka, KS 66604
785-580-4400
ask@tscpl.org

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MON - FRI: 9 am - 9 pm

SAT: 9 am - 6 pm

SUN: 12 pm - 9 pm


Topeka SCORE

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Offers Free Service

Description

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.

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