Rick Poppitz
Special to The Gardner News
The discussion agenda at the Oct. 20 Economic Development Advisory Committee meeting contained a single item, and that was a review of programs offered by the Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC).
Larry Powell, business and economic development director, told the committee that there would be a “Small Business Saturday” event in the city Hall lobby the Saturday after Thanskgiving.
The main presentation was given by Jack Harwell, consultant with KSBDC at Johnson County Community College (JCCC). KSBDC offers professional advising, training and resources for small business owners.
The KSBDC JCCC office focuses on Johnson, Miami and Wyandotte counties.
Funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the state of Kansas, and local partners, KSBDC provides low and no-cost services to small businesses.
Benefits of working with KSBDC include classes, databases and support services. KSBDC can help small business owners learn to develop marketing, financial and business plans, analyze inventory statements, financial statements, develop long term strategic goals and many more.
KSBDC also offers one-on-one individual advising at no charge.
The EDAC meets the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the council chambers.
The committee was established by city council in November 2015 and held their first meeting in January 2016. This was the committee’s ninth meeting.