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The Kansas Department of Commerce often works directly with entrepreneurs or small-business owners, and we have lots of partners who do, too. The following organizations are great resources for individuals looking to start or grow a small business in Kansas:

Kansas Business Center
If you're thinking about starting a business, the Kansas Business Center is a one-stop shop for the information and resources you'll need in order to do business in Kansas. So, let's get started. This site will help you look at your financing, licensing, permitting and legal options. Then, when you're up and running, the Kansas Business Center will provide you the resources to help you monitor the annual requirements that ensure your business has the opportunity to thrive.

Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship (dba NetWork Kansas)
The Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship (dba NetWork Kansas) works to establish entrepreneurship and small business as a priority for economic and community development in Kansas. The center strives to promote an entrepreneurial culture throughout the state by connecting entrepreneurs and small businesses to the expertise, education and economic resources they need. The center also administers the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), which provides state-level, small business lending services through the Kansas Capital Multiplier Loan Fund and the Kansas Capital Multiplier Venture Fund. For more information, visit NetWork Kansas.

Kansas Small Business Development Center
The Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC), administered by Fort Hays State University in Hays, works with small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs to help them compete in today's highly competitive global economy. Eight regional KSBDC centers and two outreach centers combine the resources of a professional staff, the state’s best educational institutions, the private sector and government at all levels. For more information, visit the Kansas Small Business Development Center.

Kansas Certified Development Companies
Kansas Certified Development Companies (CDCs) help businesses access the numerous loan programs available from a variety of sources. These loan packages match the business' financial need with the source of funds, providing small business customers the best combination of rates and terms possible. Each CDC has an area of operation in which it focuses its efforts on serving the small business community. The state provides financial support to augment these efforts. A list of CDCs and their service areas is available from the Business and Community Development Division. For more information, visit the CDC website.

Office of Minority and Women Business Development
The Office of Minority and Women Business Development promotes business development with a focus on minority- and women-owned businesses. Information and referrals are provided in the areas of procurement, contracting and subcontracting, financing and business management. The office also partners with other business advocates to sponsor business education workshops and seminars. A statewide directory of minority- and women-owned businesses is published annually by the Kansas Department of Commerce to assist those searching for businesses, products and services. For details, visit the Office of Minority and Women Business Development online.

First Stop Clearinghouse Program
The First Stop Clearinghouse Program is no longer part of the Kansas Department of Commerce. It has been transferred to the Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship (d.b.a. NetWork Kansas). Contact NetWork Kansas at (877) 521-8600 or by email.

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