Learn from the experts with SCORE Wichita's free small business training workshops.

Why SCORE? Wichita SCORE volunteers work closely with the Small Business Administration to mentor small business owners at little to no cost. Our mentors are qualified, objective business-savvy members of the community, and volunteer more than 5,000 hours each year to help.

Through the Wichita SCORE chapter, our volunteers sponsor business workshops, speak with local groups about SCORE'S mission, and support local colleges, high schools, and city-wide job fairs. Take advantage of these free resources and learn how to build or better your business with an upcoming workshop!

2021 Workshops

Get information about local small business resources and follow us for updates on free workshops, informative sessions, and more at www.facebook.com/ScoreWichita.

Can't make it live to a workshop below? Sign up and receive a recorded version to watch later at your convenience!

December 2021

Mon, Dec 6, 1:00-2:00 PM | Franchising as a Small Business Ownership Option – Presenter: Megan Stanek, FranNet Starting or buying a business can be overwhelming and scary. We want to help you feel confident in the decision you are making and understand all of the choices you have to make in this FREE workshop from SCORE. We'll cover:

  • Why Business Ownership
  • Options for Getting into Business (Start a business, buy an existing business, franchise)
  • Risks & Rewards of Business Ownership
  • Myths & Realities of Franchising
  • How to Identify the Best Business Option for You
  • Building your Personal Business Model

Register for free at: https://score.tfaforms.net/17?EventID=a105a000005qRXj

Tue, Dec 7, 5:30-6:30 PM | Essentials of a Business Plan – Presenter: Ron Lunsford, SCORE Mentor Now that you know you're ready to start a business, how will you set yourself up for success? Take the next steps to make your dream a reality and join SCORE for this FREE business planning workshop! A business plan is essential to the success of every company. We'll help you understand the purpose of and process for writing a business plan that will serve you well - now and in the future.

Register for free at: https://score.tfaforms.net/17?EventID=a105a000005qRYX

About the presenter: Mr. Ronald Lunsford has excellent business investment and operations experience. His work experience includes over 40 years with small businesses, responsible for budgeting of a small OEM manufacturer for over 7 years, and implementing over 400 capital projects from concept through financial justification, construction, and successful completion to final Return On Investment (ROI) analysis. He has an MBA from Seattle University, a technical BS from Kansas State, and has been a Certified SCORE Mentor & chapter workshop chair/presenter since 2014.

Wed, Dec 8, 5:30-6:30 PM | The Timeline to Open a Business – Presenter: Megan Stanek, FranNet Starting or buying a business is a big step with many smaller steps in between. In this FREE workshop, we'll help you create a timeline with steps for opening your new business efficiently. We will cover:

  • Overview of Due Diligence process (finding the correct business)
  • Signing agreement timeframe
  • Real Estate location
  • Build Out
  • Ramp up process for Grand Opening
  • Grand Opening

Register for free at: https://score.tfaforms.net/17?EventID=a105a000005qRX

Thu, Dec 9, 5:30-6:30 PM | Cash Flow Management - Presenter: Kristoffer Burnett, SCORE Mentor For small businesses, cash is king! If you don't have enough cash to support your expenses, you'll go out of business. This session will help you understand the basics of projecting your cash flow, how to make it as accurate as possible, and will discuss how decisions can be made based on your projections.

Register for free at: https://score.tfaforms.net/17?EventID=a105a000005qRY8 Can't attend live? If you register, SCORE will send you a recording of the workshop!

About the presenter: Presenter: Mr. Kristoffer Burnett has excellent business investment and operations experience including financial, cost & management accounting, sales & marketing, loan soliciting, origination, negotiation, and closing. His work experience includes over 20 years with small businesses, including over 13 years as a financial analyst at BG Products. Kris has a degree in Finance from WSU, a Certified Management Accountant certificate, an M.B.A. in Business Administration and General Management, and is a SCORE Mentor.

Tue, Dec 14, 1:00-2:00 PM Essential Businesses/ Recession-Resistant Franchises – Presenter: Megan Stanek, FranNet Join us for our final presentation from FranNet! The wonderful Megan Stanek will be covering Essential Businesses/ Recession- Resistant Franchises, touching on various aspects of this such as:

  • Why Start a Business Now
  • Recession-Resistant Industries and Business Concept
  • Data
  • Next Steps

You won't want to miss this one! Register for free at: https://score.tfaforms.net/17?EventID=a105a000005qRXz

Previous Workshops

January 2021

Thurs, Jan 7, 5:30 - 7:00 PM | Marketing Research for Patents, Trademarks Copyrights Presenter: Meghann Kuhlmann, WSU

Weds, Jan 13, 5:30 - 7:00 PM | Simple Steps to Start a Small Business - FREE Zoom meeting Thinking about starting your own business? The idea can be a little daunting, but SCORE is here to help simplify it for you in this free workshop!

There are a number of factors to keep in mind before starting your own business. We'll show you the first steps to starting it the right way. Topics included will discuss myths and realities of entrepreneurship, different business options to pursue, components of business ownership, legal and financial considerations, and the business plan basics. 

If you’re thinking about starting your own business, this module will help you evaluate your ideas and decide if business ownership is right for you. Download the FREE "Simple Steps for Starting Your Business" workbook that accompanies the 5 modules as a free resource to you. Presenters: William Ellison, SCORE certified mentor and Ronald Lunsford, SCORE certified mentor. 

Weds, Jan 27, 5:30 - 7:00 PM | Essentials of a Business Plan - FREE Zoom meeting Now that you know you're ready to start a business, how will you set yourself up for success? Take the next steps to make your dream a reality and join SCORE for this FREE business planning workshop!

A business plan is essential to the success of every company. We'll help you understand the purpose of and process for writing a business plan that will serve you well - now and in the future!
Presenter: Ronald Lunsford, SCORE certified mentor, Ronald.Lunsford@scorevolunteer.org

February 2021

Weds, Feb 10, 5:30 - 6:30 PM | Marketing and Competitive Space - FREE Zoom meeting
Who is your ideal client and how your product/service can help them?
Many business people have an unnecessarily long sales cycle because they don’t properly
identify their ideal prospects and position themselves as problem solvers to their clients. In this workshop, we'll discuss how to best research your target market efficiently and how to strategically position your business as their solution. 
Presenter: William Ellison, SCORE certified mentor, William.Ellison@scorevolunteer.org

Tues, Feb 16, 5:30 - 7:30 PM | One-Page Business Plan - Derby Library If you're an entrepreneur or thinking of starting a business, you'll want to attend this workshop to learn what it takes to get started! Learn to create a 1-page business plan and what steps you can take to greatly increase your chance of success. In this workshop, you'll explore how to become an entrepreneur and test the feasibility of your idea to ensure it's the right one. Presenter: Ron Lunsford, Mentor 

Sat, Feb 20, 9:15 - 11:00 AM | Web Page Development - Park City Library What is the goal of your website? What call to action are you giving your website visitors? First, you'll need to know what you want your web content to accomplish. Your landing page copy, for example, should give readers a reason to stay on your site, help them find information, and get them to take action to connect with you further. Linking to other content designed to educate, persuade, or entertain can provide more value to visitors. This workshop will discuss identifying your web page's message and call to action you want your visitors to take.

Weds, Feb 24, 5:30 - 6:30 PM | Business Structures & Tax Consideration - FREE Zoom meeting
What type of business do you have and how will you prepare it for tax purposes? This workshop will address what you need to know about the selection of a Business Entity for your company (such as Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Limited Liability Corporation (LLC), or Corporation). Topics discussed will focus on Liability, Accounting, and Tax considerations. 
Presenter: Bryan Elmore, CPA, SCORE certified mentor, Bryan.Elmore@scorevolunteer.org

​Sat, Feb 27, 1:00 - 2:30 PM | Essentials of Business Plan - Wichita Library This workshop is important for those who are entrepreneur-minded and are focusing on starting a new business, expanding an existing business, or selling/buying a business. We'll work together to determine key issues. Other topics discussed will include:

  • Developing a plan and goals for you to communicate to potential investors or bankers. We'll create a guide to success for your goals, which will outline your expectations of growth in your market and customer base. 
  • Discussing your team of advisors such as Lawyer, Accountant, and several other key contacts.
  • Preparing for investor discussions. They'll need to hear your business, management, education, and abilities to run your business. 
  • Weathering business fluctuations. To be a business owner requires passion, long hours, and ups and downs as the business climate changes.
  • Your business plan. We'll discuss 11 sections of a business plan in which a banker will want to understand more about your business objectives.
  • Identifying key items such as product or service overview, competitors in your market, why customers should buy from you, and more.

March 2021

Tue, Mar 9, 5:30 - 7:30 PM | Workshop on Human Resources from Syndeo Outsourcing Join Director of Sales, Mike Metz, for a webinar as he will discuss what employers should be watching out for and outline anticipated changes that the Joe Biden administration may bring for the HR requirements of small- and medium-sized businesses.

Mike will focus on the following main areas of interest:

  • Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting.
  • Unemployment benefits.
  • Paid leave requirements.
  • Employer compliance with Occupational Health and Safety Administration standards and regulations.

This session is designed to be interactive, so please feel free to ask as many questions as needed! It will be recorded, and SCORE will send a copy to all who attend. These workshops are made possible with support from the Dane Hansen Foundation. Presenter: Mike Metz, Syndeo Outsourcing

Tue, Mar 16, 5:30 - 7:30 PM | Advanced Social Media - Social media for your business goes beyond making a Facebook post and hoping people will see it and buy your product. This workshop will give you a deeper understanding of creating effective social media strategies, and leave you with a step-by-step action plan for putting it into place to help you build an online community. You will have a deeper understanding of the top social media channels, the kinds of content to post, and how to put it all together. Presenter: Jessica Hutton

Sat, Mar 20, 9:15 - 11:00 AM | Essentials of a Business Plan - A well-written business plan is not only required by a banker to get a loan, but it's also a great tool for you to monitor how your business is progressing. Are hitting your goals or do you need to readjust to ensure you reach them? Every section of this plan helps establish a road map to success.

  • Define your business. What are your expectations and long-term goals?
  • Mentorship is key! We'll review how important it is to have a team of mentors to challenge your path to success and help hold you accountable. 
  • Overview of yourself. Are you are ready to run a business and how you are preparing yourself for the roadblocks and challenges?
  • Investor overview. Remember that to achieve funding from an investor or a banker you must GRAB their attention! Create a well-defined strategic overview of your business objectives, marketing methods, and identify your customers and competition to present them. What equipment, location, and people do you need to best serve your clients? Presenter: Ron Lunsford

Weds, Mar 24, 5:30 PM | Advanced Social Media - Social media for your business goes beyond making a Facebook post and hoping people will see it and buy your product. This workshop will give you a deeper understanding of creating effective social media strategies, and leave you with a step-by-step action plan for putting it into place to help you build an online community. You will have a deeper understanding of the top social media channels, the kinds of content to post, and how to put it all together. Presenter: Julie Riley

Sat, Mar 27, 1:00 - 2:30 PM | Business Planning for Non-Profits - Wichita Library The world of non-profit business requires more strategy and planning than a for-profit business. Creating a roadmap now can drastically increase your chances of success later to reach your non-profit's mission and goals. Join us for this informative workshop! Presenter: Cindy Miles

April 2021

Friday, April 2, 10-11 AM | Social Media for Business Workshop - Is your business taking full advantage of social media? Save time and money by learning the fundamental skills needed to increase your visibility and engagement on popular platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and more. Learn how to work smarter online, so you can free up more time to focus on moving your business forward! 

Tues, Apr 6, 5:30 PM | Ready to Export? Tips for Success! - Learn best practices from 25+ years of helping companies export. When Karyn Page works with a client to guide them to export success, she begins with her state of mind -- she walks a mile in the client's shoes. In other words, what would she need if she were the customer? What questions and concerns would she have? What pressures does she have to succeed? What is keeping her up at night?

From best practices to her favorite exporter tools, Karyn will share what she's learned from 25+ years of helping companies export successfully. In this free session, we'll discuss:

  • How to start
  • Common terms
  • Resources
  • Dos and Don'ts for Successful Exporting

About meat exporting - food exports are an area that I'm not an expert in. In fact, specific products exported to a specific country are not a great material for a presentation. I do use examples, but they don't provide enough detail to truly help an exporter. Those questions are best managed one on one. A good speaker or referral for meat (and agriculture) exports would be the Kansas Department of Agriculture. Presenter: Karyn Page

Thurs, April 8, 5:30-7 PM | Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Learning the Basics & Defining your Business - There are a number of factors to keep in mind before starting your own business. This module will help you feel confident in evaluating your ideas and deciding if business ownership is right for you.

Topics on key business considerations will include:

  • Myths and realities of entrepreneurship
  • Different business options to pursue
  • The components of business ownership
  • Legal and financial considerations
  • Business plan basics

We'll discuss how to evaluate your business ideas to decide whether or not you should move forward with your business concept or go back to the drawing board. You will start your market research and analysis in prep for the next module.

Thu, Apr 15, 5:30 - 7:00 PM | Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Marketing Research & Market Plan - In this third module of the Simple Steps for Starting Your Business program, you will learn how to market your startup business. You will complete a competitive comparison, create a product and services description, develop a pricing strategy, identify your target markets and channels, outline a marketing message, and learn sales basics.

Sat, Apr 17, 9:15 - 11:00 AM | Social Media Marketing - For many small business owners, keeping connected with customers on social media can feel overwhelming. In this webinar, Laurie Dove will highlight some simple social must-do’s for small business owners and share tips for keeping up with the ever-changing platforms. You’ll learn:

  • Where and why to build a social presence
  • Why engagement is critical on social channels
  • How to create a social content strategy and publishing calendar
  • Tips for creating great social photos & videos
  • What are hashtags and why should you use them
  • How to use paid social ads to help achieve your goals
  • Examples from businesses across the country who have achieved success via social media activities

Featured 2021 Conference, April 22, 1 - 5 PM | Women SCORE Higher: Becoming a Fearless Female Statewide Virtual Event

Could your business and mindset use a boost? The SBA and SCORE's Wichita & Topeka Chapters Present "Becoming a Fearless Female," a half-day statewide boot camp featuring power-packed presentations from women leaders of all industries nationwide!

NY Times best-selling author, Dr. Lois Frankel, will discuss speaking up and standing out with confidence alongside 2 sessions with 13 workshops featuring fellow fearless females. Topics discussed will include:

  • Strengthen your personal branding, negotiation, work/life integration, leadership, public speaking, and technical skills for leading a remote team.
  • Social Media or Law Questions? Q&A panels will feature your chance to ask any and all questions you’ve ever needed answers to from social media experts and business attorneys.
  • Financing - We’ll also discuss financial planning and financing a business.
  • Food Finale! We’ll end the day with a fun cooking session with The Kitchen Owner & Guy’s Groceries Games Winner, Natasha Gandi-Rue!

Registration: womenscorehigher.com

Thu, Apr 22, 6:00 - 7:30 PM |  Simple Steps for Creating Your Small Business: Creating Your Financial Plan - All business is risk vs. reward, and the financial planning process will help you assess both. Having a financial plan will not only help guide business development decisions and monitor results, but it will also help you match your business concept with personal income goals. In addition, the financial plan can be used as a budget and can be compared to actual results in the future. In this module of the "Simple Steps for Starting Your Business" program, you'll learn the importance of financial planning. You will learn how to build your financial model, and how to understand financial statements, including an income statement, cash flow statement, and balance sheet.

Thu, Apr 29, 5:30 - 7:00 PM | Simple Steps for Starting your Business: Funding Sources - In this session, you will learn about accounting and bookkeeping systems, sources of capital, the six C’s of credit, and banking relations as well as a bonus SBA’s sources of funding.

May 2021

Mon, May 10, 2-4 PM ET | Why You Should Not Go It Alone: Legal, Accounting, and Insurance for Your Business (National Workshop) Would you skydive without a parachute? Start a new business or sustain your small business without the services you need to thrive? This FREE nationwide webinar will help you sort out and select the financial, insurance and legal resources you need to consider as a small business owner.

Thurs, May 13, 10 AM | Restaurant Revitalization Fund (Local Workshop) Has your restaurant suffered due to COVID? The SBA has a unique grant opportunity for owners of small or large restaurants, food trucks, catering companies, breweries, and bakeries! The American Rescue Plan Act has established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding that helps restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. Join Wayne Bell, District Director for the Wichita Office, of the SBA as he explains the new program that provides restaurants of all sizes with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue losses up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location.

Small Business Essentials May Series | May 13, 14, 19, 20, 27 at 12 PM (ET) (National Workshops) SCORE’s Small Business Essentials (SBE) Webinar Series was developed to prepare anyone who is considering starting a business to make the decisions and plans you need to successfully launch your business. All FREE nationwide webinars are taught by experienced certified SCORE Mentors. Take advantage of another great resource from SCORE & boost your business!

Register once to attend all five webinars:
Creating a Quick Business Plan (5/13/2021 12-1:30 pm ET)
• Setting Up a New Business Entity (5/14/2021 12-1:30 pm ET)
• Marketing Part 1: Developing Your Marketing Plan (5/19/2021 12-1:30 pm ET)
• Marketing Part 2: Promoting Your Business (5/20/2021 12-1:30 pm ET)
• Financial Basics for New Small Businesses (5/27/2021 12-2:00 pm ET)

Sat, May 15, 1 PM | Business and Marketing Plans (Local Workshop) Feeling a little overwhelmed by so many options and choices in marketing? This FREE workshop combines "Building Your Business Plan" and "Marketing Basics" and is important for those who are entrepreneur-minded and are focusing on starting a new business, expanding an existing business, selling or buying a business, and a tool to get your thoughts together to determine key issues.

In this workshop, SCORE will provide you the strategies for marketing your small business, identifying your target customer, and your small business marketing needs. Join us and learn to set your business apart from your competition! 

Presenter: Bill Ellison, 12 years with SCORE and leading mentor for the State of Kansas. 35 years in Operational Management, Business Plan Development, Financial Document Review, People Management, Capital Equipment Procurement, Corporate Purchasing, Human Resources.

June 2021

Tues, June 8, 5:30 PM | Planning for Business Ownership - Planning for Business Ownership takes careful planning and strategic execution to have a chance at being successful. Join us to learn how to identify your "why" for getting into business, gaining support, and the different frameworks of business ownership.

Want to start your own pet grooming, carpentry, soap making, candle making, business consulting, retail shop, or restaurant? You dream it, we'll help give advice on making it a success! Join SCORE and Megan Stanek of FranNet of Kansas & Kansas City and get free advice on how to start planning for your business.

Thurs, June 10, 5:30 PM | Working from Home - Interested in learning about starting a business from home? Register for this FREE webinar to discover how to begin a home-based business! Join SCORE and Megan Stanek of FranNet of Kansas & Kansas City to get free advice on how COVID-19 changed consumer behavior and its impact on business ownership.

August 2021

Sat, Aug 28, 1 - 2:30 PM | Simple Steps to Start Your Small Business - FREE Webinar at the Wichita Public Library The Small Business Administration and SCORE are teaming up to help show you the steps to starting up a business the right way. In this FREE webinar held via Zoom, you'll also learn about business start-up resources at the Wichita Public Library. Registration is required, so be sure to call (316) 261-8500 or register online to reserve your space now! Presenter: Ron Lunsford, Mentor

September 2021

Thurs, Sept 9, 5:30 - 7:30 PM | Developing Your Marketing Plan (Marketing 101) FREE Webinar Let's create a path to success for your company! Learn how to market your business by doing a competitive comparison, creating a product and services description, developing a pricing strategy, identifying your target markets and channels, outlining a marketing message, and learning sales basics. Presenter: Bill Ellison, Mentor

Thurs, Sept 16, 5:30 - 7:30 PM | Business Structure & Tax Considerations | FREE Webinar Learn the importance of financial planning from CPA, Bryan Elmore. In this webinar, you'll learn how to build your financial model and how to understand financial statements - including an income statement, cash flow statement, and balance sheet. Knowledge is a powerful tool - and we're here to help give you as many tools as you need to succeed!

Thurs, Sept 23, 5:30 - 7:30 PM | Access to Capital & Talking With Your Banker | Free Webinar Learn about accounting and bookkeeping systems, sources of capital, the six C’s of credit, and banking relations from Janelle Jones of the SBA and Craig Ellis. Number crunching can be sticky - our experts are here to help you get "unstuck" and answer your questions. 

Sat, Sept 25, 1 - 2:30 PM | Essentials of a Business Plan | FREE Webinar The Small Business Administration/SCORE program will show you the steps to build your business plan! Lean startup formats are charts that use only a handful of elements to describe your company’s value proposition, infrastructure, customers, and finances. They’re useful for visualizing tradeoffs and fundamental facts about your company - and lenders usually require standard financial projections before lending. You'll also learn about more Library start-up resources to help you succeed! Presenter: Ron Lunsford, Mentor

October 2021

Sat, Oct 23, 1 - 2:30 PM | Business Planning for Non-Profits | FREE Webinar The world of non-profit business requires planning, even more than a for-profit business, so why not start with a roadmap for your non-profit's success? You'll also learn about Foundation Directory database searching to find potential funding sources and print resources to start and manage your non-profit. Join SCORE Mentor and non-profit expert, Cindy Miles, for this informative workshop! 

Find a Workshop near you:

Live Event

Cash Flow Management

Event Language: English
December 9, 2021, 5:30pm CST
Wichita, KS, 67202

Join us on December 9th for a fantastic presentation on Cash Flow Management. For small businesses cash is king. If you do not have enough cash to support your expenses, you will... Read more

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Live Event

The Timeline to Open a Business

Event Language: English
December 8, 2021, 5:30pm CST

Starting or buying a business can be overwhelming and scary. We want to help you feel confident in the decision you are making and understand all of the choices you have to make. Read more

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Essentials of a Business Plan

Event Language: English
December 7, 2021, 5:30pm CST

Join us Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 at 5:30 PM CT for a FREE workshop on the Essentials of a Business Plan. Now that you're ready to start a business, learn how to set yourself up... Read more

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