First Friday Black Business After Hours
Business and Professional Networking
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420 SE 29th, Topeka, Kansas
First Friday Sponsors
For More Information, Contact a Sponsor Organization
Bring plenty of business cards, flyers, brochures and other promotional material about your business, nonprofit organization or events!
Did you know that listing your business in online directories is one of the best ways to drive those searching online for products & services like yours to your website?
A basic internet search will back this up, so this shouldn’t be a hard sell, but people are often skeptical when we approach them about the Kansas Small Business Directory & US Small Business Directory to help increase their business.
Besides listing and promoting your business across all social network mediums, we work to take the mystery out of search-engine algorithms, spiders, bots and indexing; so that a business owner can focus on what they need to be doing best; making/selling products and/or providing their great service. The great thing about online directories is that they are highly indexed by those pesky bots & spiders no one ever sees, and they are often indexed on a daily and constant basis.
Today’s internet shopper is more savvy than they were twenty years ago and therefore keywords have become very important as well as their reliance on location-based searches. People looking for a particular item or service may not know a businesses name, but they do know what they are looking for and the location (city or state) that they would like to find it. Online directories generally allow for its administrators to add keywords that can increase your profile in their directory in being found; which then helps to drive interested customers to your website. The KS SmallBiz directory also automatically recognizes the city you are in, so that there is no need to extend any effort navigating to any particular city.
As a not-for-profit organization, we don’t price our directory to make a huge profit, but we do maintain it as a marketing tool and promotional resource to help drive customers to businesses that support our charitable efforts. For $120.00 per year you can list your business in our Kansas Online Directory and we will add your business information for free to our US Small Business Directory or Ujamaa Club Network; both of which serving as an additional SEO Booster when it comes to online search engines and algorithms they use.
If you think our offer is of interest to you and you want us to help promote your business to over 80,000 (and growing) potential customers throughout our social media network, contact with us by email or phone to get more information or to set an appointment to learn more. We would love to have your business listed and as a matter of fact; it is standard for us to make referrals of business to our supporting members, clients and partners.
Kansas Small Business Directory
(913) 735-4272 (Technical Assistance)
(785) 383-3729 Phillip Vallejo (Account Executive)
Other Targeted Online Directories:
The Bunker’s Kansas City location is part of a national expansion. Organizers hope to have eight locations across the country within the next two years, McIntosh said during a talk at the Kansas City Small Business Networking Event on Nov. 4.
B.MORE Initiative Community of Practice Spotlight: An Interview with Carl Chadband of KISRA | National Transitional Jobs Network
In recognition of Black History Month, this February the National Transitional Jobs Network (NTJN) will produce a series of blogs related to Black Male Achievement. To kick off our blog series, we talked with Carl Chadband, Chief Operating Officer of KISRA (the Kanawha Institute for Social Research & Action, Inc.) and a member of our B.MORE Initiative’s Community of Practice. Located in Dunbar, West Virginia, KISRA operates education, employment, economic empowerment, and behavioral health programming for low- and moderate-income individuals and families in several West Virginia counties.
NTJN: What strategies do you feel are most promising, or have been proven to be the most effective, in addressing poverty and unemployment among black men?
Carl Chadband: Promoting entrepreneurship among black men, and supporting those entrepreneurs so that they can actually keep their businesses’ doors open, is an effective way to address poverty and unemployment for this population. Entrepreneurship provides an individual with a job, income, and a sense of power and control over his life. If you’re working with a black male coming out of incarceration who doesn’t want to work 9-to-5 and wants to be his own boss, he feels empowered as an entrepreneur. Members of his community become his customers, and his community becomes safer because he’s no longer engaging in illegal activity to make money. KISRA promotes entrepreneurship so that when a client says, “No one will hire me,” that’s no longer an excuse—hire yourself, be your own boss.
NTJN: Can you tell us how KISRA promotes and supports entrepreneurship?
Carl Chadband: We have a few different ways of doing this. We offerIndividual Development Accounts (IDAs), and we match $8 for every $1 that a person saves through an IDA. In six months, someone can save $500 and KISRA will match that with $4,000. So that’s $4,500 that someone can put toward their education, a down payment on a house, or starting a business. KISRA is also a Small Business Administration (SBA) micro-lender—we can lend up to $50,000 to someone who’s looking to start a small business, even if that person has a criminal record. We also help individuals with business planning, credit counseling, and social services as needed. Finally, through our Growing Jobs Project, individuals can learn how to become a local grower; become certified in kitchen skills and move into the food industry; and, by working from our mobile food truck, learn to become vendors and discover if they’d like to become their own boss one day.
Online Directory for Black Business Owners – Ujamaa Club
This is our agency’s online business directory that we use to refer our donors and supporters to for their needs. There are numerous directories online targeting Black businesses and we support; and recommend that you take time to list your business with as many of them as you can. This is merely our effort to increase our businesses listing ranks on Google and it provides us to sustain an enterprising youth opportunity whereas young brother and sisters can earn a few dollars as little sales reps for our agency by signing up Black businesses to the Ujamaa Club Business Network Directory.
It is our intent to grow our directory to include as many of the 1.9M US Black-Owned businesses as we can garner support from; which can then provide the bulk of our organizations annual operating capital. We do not want to be dependent on contributions, grants and the other strings that may come attached from big corporations and foundations.
As a business owner, you know that paid advertisement by any means are an allowable business expense that can be deducted on your taxes. So paying to be listed in our directory is a win/win/win; whereas you pay for a service that helps your business gain exposure online, an organization that fosters Black youth enterprise is the beneficiary of your financial support, and you can use that support to reduce your tax burden the following year.
Youth involved in our program are brought up close and personal with the computer as they create the online business profiles for subscribers, add those businesses to Google Maps across our sites and they are provided instruction on html, css and in building websites using WordPress. This is the extra win you get when you choose to support our organization by joining our directory or making a contribution.
No young person is turned away because of their race or ethnicity,; and we will accept any enterprising go-getter, but our efforts are maximized to empower young Black youth in the cities in which they live. Nor are non-Black businesses excluded from being in our directory. The reason is that Black youth must also know how to do business with others outside of our race and others need to come into contact with Black youth aspiring to be something other than a thugs, baller or criminal. In many instances, a Hispanic/Latino young person will have a better chance of subscribing a Hispanic, Latino or Mexican business to the directory; than Black youth. Just Keeping it Real…
It is often said that we must find a way to create opportunity for our youth stuck in some pretty mean streets. No matter how large the contributions given to traditional organizations by major corporations, foundations and banking institutions… the results are always the same; and as times get a bit rougher, we must become more a part of the economic solution. A perpetual solution.
Your annual support, sponsorship and commitment is the basis of our optimism as we look to the future. If you have a son or daughter, niece or nephew, or just know some enterprising young brother or sister in your city; we want them to benefit from this initiative to create future leaders and productive citizens. In this regard, we need your help to make sure this opportunity we can provide reach both near; and far.
These webinar classes will be held on-line. For those who are interested, the SBA Kansas City District Office will administer the web-based instructional classes from its Walnut Street location. The Web-Enabled Instructor-Led Training (Web ILT) sessions will be provided in an actual classroom setting. You’ll become part of a virtual classroom where you can ask questions, seek guidance and participate in class discussions with an instructor located in Washington, D.C. Each class will be offered on two (2) consecutive weekday afternoons. You will be required to attend both sessions to receive a certified certificate of completion.
All courses will be offered several times throughout the year. The May 2013 Schedule is as follows:
Federal Contracting and Government Contract Management
Session 1: May 1, 2013 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Session 2: May 2, 2013 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Session 1: May 6, 2013 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Session 2: May 7, 2013 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Marketing and Capture Management
Session 1: May 13, 2013 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Session 2: May 14, 2013 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
E-Commerce and Internet Business Strategies
Session 1: May 15, 2013 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Session 2: May 16, 2013 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Session 1: May 20, 2013 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Session 2: May 21, 2013 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Government Contract Negotiations
Session 1: May 30, 2013 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Session 2: May 31, 2013 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
All classes will be held at SBA/ Kansas City District Office, 1000 Walnut Street, Room 500, Kansas City, Mo 64106.
Seating for these seminars is limited. Validated parking will be available at 1025 Main Street Garage.
Self-Certification of 7j Eligibility Required: 7j eligibility includes firms that are owned by one of the following:
(a) A socially and economically disadvantaged individual whose firm may or may not be a participant in the 8(a) Business Development Program;
(b) A firm located in a high unemployment or low income area, as defined in the U.S. Census Bureau’s County and City Data Book and in the Poverty Guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS);
(c) A firm owned by a low-income individual, as defined in under HHS Poverty Guidelines.