Mobile computer lab to assist small businesses

The Northwest Kansas Planning and Development Commission has provided eight laptop computers for the Fort Hays State University Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) to extend training opportunities to small businesses throughout the region.

Randall J. Hrabe (pronounced rabby), executive director of the Northwest Kansas Planning and Development Commission, said that his board supports greater access to training opportunities close to home for small businesses. He also cited the proposal for the KSBDC to provide Web site building sessions that would likely be of interest to most businesses.

The FHSU KSBDC will provide workshops with local resource providers and Homestead, KSBDC's Web partner. In addition to the Web initiative, the center is planning future workshops such as QuickBooks.

"Research has shown a strong demand for hands-on e-commerce or Web site assistance by small businesses," said Ron Newman, assistant director of the KSBDC. He said that small businesses have been slow to adopt an e-commerce presence because it was too costly or complicated and fewer opportunities exist for businesses in rural areas.

The KSBDC will provide workshops that give anyone the opportunity to build and launch a professional-looking Web site without learning complicated software or needing any prior knowledge.

The KSBDC will schedule new training sessions and add communities. For more information about this or future training events, please visit KSBDC on the Web at or by phone (785) 628-5615.

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