Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce/GO Topeka Providing Resources for Prospective Small Business Owners
As the economy slowly rebounds from a significant recession, many businesses are looking for the right tools to put them ahead of their competitors and maintain a healthy, robust workforce. New businesses will stimulate and strengthen the workforce, providing new jobs and new opportunities for workers that may have been laid off during the recession. The Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce/GO Topeka’s Entrepreneurial & Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Development (DBE) is taking great steps to build an economic development system that empowers small, low- to moderate-income, minority, and women-owned businesses with the knowledge and resources to build wealth and contribute to the economic betterment of Topeka and Shawnee Counties.
The Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce/ GO Topeka’s DBE programs cover a wide variety of programmatic needs. One of the most popular programs is the First Step FastTrac Program (FSFT), which is designed to develop basic entrepreneurial skills for new business owners. This 12-week program covers topics such as market analysis, feasibility analysis, and price and profitability analysis. This program is the perfect crash-course training needed to help prospective business owners get their concepts off the ground.
In addition, the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce/GO Topeka’s DBE regularly conducts workshops to help grow local businesses. Examples include workshops for small businesses on how to win government contracts, securing bidding and procurement opportunities in local government, and small business administration opportunities.
The Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce/GO Topeka has seen enormous success with these programs. In 2009 alone, 39 education, training and small business orientation programs were conducted and over 1,065 small business entrepreneurs were serviced. Additionally, 52 professionals graduated from the First Step FastTrac Program, which put them ahead of their local peers in terms of the knowledge and resources needed to make a small business succeed.