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The Small Business Administration has several upcoming SBIR webinars that will discuss understanding intellectual property (IP), which includes patent practice and cooperation, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights. Webinars will also introduce SBIR programs in the Departments of Transportation and Education.

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2020 Grant Management Webinar Series

Every Thursday in October | 12:00 PM - 1:00PM

Whether you are anticipating a government grant or contract, it is imperative that you are able to manage the funds received. Understanding the fundamentals necessary to manage your government dollars is key to organizing your business for success and proving your credibility for future funding. Join our Grant Management Series--offered through SHARPhub and presented by BBCetc--and learn the critical aspects of managing your money.

You will need to register to each session separately. The $25.00 fee to attend this webinar will be waived if you or your company are located in one of the SHARPhub states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma). Please contact Marisol Rodriguez at for the discount code, so you have access to this event free of charge.

Oct. 22 Registration

Oct. 29 Registration  



October 27 and 29  |  October QuickBooks Webinars

  • Oct. 27 | QuickBooks Online: The Basics | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Learn how to use the go-to cloud-based accounting software to help manage your company's finances. This workshop will cover the basics of bookkeeping, how to set up your QuickBooks Online account, how to record common transactions, and how to analyze your company's performance. Presenter Heather Denning is a Certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor, alumni of Wichita State University and local business owner.

  •  Oct. 29 | QuickBooks Online: The Detail | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    • Learn how to make the most of this cloud-based accounting software to help you manage your company's finances more efficiently. This workshop will cover more complex bookkeeping functions such as payroll, invoicing, inventory management, sales tax, etc. Also learn about the numerous programs created to assist with these functions that integrate with QuickBooks Online. Presenter Heather Denning is a Certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor, alumni of Wichita State University and local business owner.


These webinars cost $119 and registration fee is nonrefundable


October 30  |  October SBA Contracting Programs Webinars

  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM | Is Your Company Ready to Achieve SBA's 8(a)/BD Program Certification? 
    • Join Teri Taylor with the Small Business Administration for an in-depth discussion about the SBA 8(a)/BD certification program requirements. This program is designed to assist socially and economically disadvantaged firms in their attempts to grow and succeed, including potential access to government contracting.

  •  10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Located in HUBZone - Get Certified!

    • Join Teri Taylor with the Small Business Administration for an in-depth discussion about the HUBZone program requirements. If your principal office is located within a HUBZone, the SBA’s HUBZone certification program may benefit your company in seeking Federal contracts or subcontracting efforts.  



November 3 | How to Stand Out in a Competitive Market with a Capability Statement

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM | Cost: Free

A capability statement can be an important element in marketing and promoting your business, and is essential in government contracting. Think of this statement as a resume for your business that tells your existing and potential customers about your business's capabilities and strengths. Whether you are currently involved with government contracting or want to pursue this option as a way to expand your market, you'll gain valuable information about the what, why and how of developing a Capability Statement for your business. By attending this workshop, you will learn: Key elements of a capability statement How to develop the target capability statement and items you need on your website How to do research to know what your business can do to provide solutions for government agencies.



November 5 |  November State Tax Webinars

  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | State Tax Webinar for Construction Workers
    • Carl York with the Kansas Department of Revenue will focus on sales tax issues for construction contractors and subcontractors, including those who provide services such as plumbing, carpentry, electrical, roofing, HVAC, and landscaping. Learn about applying sales tax to materials and labor, Project Exemption Certificates, tax returns, billing, and more.

  •  1:00 PM - 4:00 PM | State Tax Webinar

    • Carl York with the Kansas Department of Revenue will give you the basics in this free webinar. Topics include sales and compensating use taxes, tax forms and how to file them, estimated taxes, and recordkeeping.


November 17 | Competing for Government Contracts: Basic Training

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM | Webinar

Federal, state and local governments spend more than $800 billion per year buying goods and services. This introductory webinar from the Kansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) offers an overview of the critical first steps to becoming a government contractor. Join us to learn to identify opportunities and understand the contracting process. You will also learn about services available to help you.


Fall 2020

Specific Date TBA  |  Autonomous Vehicle Transportation in Rural and Urban Settings

9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
National Center for Aviation Training Auditorium
4004 N Webb Rd., Wichita, KS 67226

The future of autonomous and connected vehicle transportation in Kansas and nationwide will vary greatly and involve much different considerations in cities compared with the vast rural areas. From agriculture and interstate freight transportation to urban public shuttle transports and driverless goods delivery, location brings unique challenges and opportunities. Learn more about what the future of autonomous public and industrial transportation could mean for our cities and widespread rural communities.



Specific Date TBA  |  Expanding Innovation in the Sunflower State

60 minutes
Microsoft Teams

Example Topics to Be Discussed: (1) importance of intellectual property expertise in a nascent innovation ecosystem; (2) obtaining affordable access to intellectual property; (3) steps in increasing participation of underrepresented groups in innovation and entrepreneurship; (4) perception that the US patent system favors established companies rather than startups; (5) identifying inventorship in the era of the “The Lean Startup”; (6) importance of intellectual property for a startup when seeking capital.



December 2 & 9  |  Becoming an Investor-Ready Entrepreneur

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Virtual Workshop

Becoming an Investor-Ready Entrepreneur educates and prepares growth-oriented entrepreneurs to successfully engage private equity investors. The program was developed by experienced entrepreneurs, angel investors, angel network/fund executives and venture capitalists, and provides an "insider's look" into the world of equity funding. In this workshop you will learn about what investors look for and expect, the equity investment process and terminology, how investors approach valuation and deal structure, the impact of COVID-19 on the investment landscape, and how to become "investor-ready" and improve your business while you're at it.