Success Stories

WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING:


"The assistance that I've received from the University of Kansas Small Business Development Center has proven to be invaluable. The insight and knowledge of the staff have been an integral part of Printpop's success and I consider them to be a part of the Printpop team." Read his success story here.
- Devin Walker, Co-owner of Printpop.com, Lawrence, Kan.
Printpop.com was the KU-KSBDC Existing Business of the Year Award Recipient in 2010


"Maggie was very helpful with suggestions and helped us come up with a business plan to obtain the financing we needed to purchase a building, renovate, and expand inventory.  Patience and persistence paid off, and along with the help of the KSBDC, we were able to get our project completed." Read his success story here.
- Shawn Markley, Owner of Audio/Video Concepts, Ottawa, Kan.
Audio/Video Concepts was the KU-KSBDC Emerging Business of the Year Award Recipient in 2010.


"We had no idea that one-on-one consulting could be so valuable for our business.  Our KSBDC consultant is helpful and knowledgeable about many aspects of our business.   Even if it just confirms our thoughts, we are happy to have the KSBDC as a resource." Read his success story here.
- Deidre Oliver, Co-owner of Oliver Electric Construction, Lawrence, Kan.
Oliver Electric Construction was the KU-KSBDC Existing Business of the Year Award Recipient in 2009.


"We contacted the KSBDC as we made significant increases in the amount of business we were doing, and needed advice and direction on how to be more businesslike (and less hobby-like) in the way we kept track of our finances and how we planned for the future. Will showed us how to use a spreadsheet to project expenses for expansion and generally inspired us with confidence that we were capable of accounting for our business more professionally." Read his success story here.
- Phil Holman-Hebert, Co-owner of Sweetlove Farm, Oskaloosa, Kan.
Sweetlove Farm was the KU-KSBDC Emerging Business of the Year Award Recipient in 2009.


"Contact the KSBDC. Help them help you get started by sharing as much information as possible with them. Write a plan and do the research needed…and listen to what that research tells you. Go BACK to the KSBDC, even after you get started." Read her success story here.
- Hilary Brown, Owner of Local Burger, Lawrence, Kan.
Local Burger was the KU-KSBDC Emerging Business of the Year Award Recipient in 2008.


"I first contacted the KU SBDC seeking assistance in outlining my financial position so that I could better manage my revolving line of credit due to the seasonal nature of the business. Through this counseling, I gained a clearer perspective of the company’s cash position and how to plan financially." Read his success story here.
- Gerald Pine, Owner of Howard Pine's Garden Center & Greenhouses
Howard Pine's Garden Center Y Greenhouses was the KU-KSBDC Existing Business of the Year Award Recipient for 2008.


"The Kansas Small Business Development Center has been a valuable resource for our family business.  As we continue to grow, we feel good about being able to talk to the KSBDC about things like marketing, benchmarking, and coordinated growth planning."
- Dan Chavez, Co-owner of Chavez Restoration, Lawrence and Topeka, Kan.
Chavez Restoration was the KU-KSBDC Existing Business of the Year Award Recipient in 2007.


"The SBDC did a great job of making us think and plan….they helped us understand how to interpret information as we did research.  If we thought it was going to take some certain amount of space/time/money, we learned to DOUBLE that estimate!"
- Jeff Wyatt, Co-owner of Paradise Floors, Lawrence, Kan.
Paradise Floors was the KU-KSBDC Emerging Business of the Year Award Recipient in 2006.


"We had both worked as cooks and managers in restaurants, but did not know how to approach banks for a loan.  The KU-KSBDC helped us write the plan and succeed at getting our financing.  When anyone asks me about starting a business, I always send them to the KSBDC."
- Subarna Bhattachan, Co-owner of La Parilla/Zen Zero/Genovese, Lawrence, Kan.
La Parilla/Zen Zero were the KU-KSBDC Emerging Business of the Year Award Recipients in 2004.


"We know we are still growing and there will be new questions every day. If we need help, we know the KU-KSBDC is there to help."
- Kathy Gretencord, Co-owner of T-Mobile (formerly Simply Wireless), Ottawa and Lawrence, Kan.
Simply Wireless (now T-Mobile) was the KU-KSBDC Existing Business of the Year Award Recipient in 2003


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