FHSU's Small Business Development Center planning programs for coming months

Three sets of programs are scheduled around western Kansas during the next few months by the Fort Hays State University Small Business Development Center.

The topics to be addressed are Business Plan and Start-up Group Discussions; Legal Aspects of E-commerce; and Maximizing Return on Investment.

The free Business Plan and Start-up Group Discussions are scheduled in three locations: the FHSU SBDC office, 109 W. 10th St., Hays; the Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. Range, Colby; and the Chamber of Commerce, 1307 Williams St., Great Bend.

These discussions will provide information on writing a business plan, preparing a cash-flow projection and other issues important to starting a new business.

The schedule for the discussions are arranged by location:
Colby -- all are from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the following Fridays: March 11; April 8; May 13; June 10; and July 8.
Great Bend -- 1-4 p.m. Thursday, March 10.
Hays -- all are from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the following Wednesdays: March 9; March 23; April 6; April 20; May 4; May 18; June 1; June 15; July 6; and July 20.

Attendance is free, but participants must sign up by calling the SBDC office at (785) 628-6786 or by e-mail to sbdc@fhsu.edu.

Legal Aspects of E-commerce will be offered from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at FHSU's Sternberg Museum of Natural History, 3000 Sternberg Drive. Admission is free but limited to the first 20 registrants, who must be representatives of existing businesses.

This roundtable discussion will cover topics including digital copyright, jurisdiction on the Internet, spam, contract enforcement and warranties, developing a privacy policy and the current state of e-commerce taxation. Presenters are Dr. Mark Bannister, chair of the Department of Information Networking and Telecommunications at FHSU, and Angela Walters, instructor of INT at FHSU.

To register, e-mail or fax name and contact information to the SBDC at sbdc@fhsu.edu or (785) 628-0533 or call the SBDC office at (785) 628-6786 by March 1.

Maximizing Return on Investment, a day-long workshop on finding and keeping good employees, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History. Registration, which includes lunch, is $100 if registered by March 18. Late registration is $130.

This workshop is intended for any employee who performs human resource duties. The information presented will cover topics such as the costs of turnover; hiring preparations; recruiting; selection; orientation training; mentoring; worker's compensation; OSHA; unemployment insurance; ADA; employment-at-will; the Kansas anti-discrimination act; legal requirements; and a question-and-answer session.

The Western Kansas Human Resource Management Association and the FHSU SBDC are co-sponsoring this workshop. Presenters include A.J. Kotich, the chief legal counsel for the Kansas Department of Labor and a special assistant attorney general for the State of Kansas, who will be the keynote speaker.

For registration forms and payment arrangements, call the FHSU SBDC office at (785) 628-6786. Questions can also be e-mailed to the SBDC at sbdc@fhsu.edu.

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