Kansas SBDC at FHSU

The Kansas SBDC helps new entrepreneurs realize their dream of ownership and assists existing businesses in their efforts to remain competitive. Our services enable Kansas entrepreneurs to make better, more informed business decisions, to avoid costly mistakes, and to prepare thorough and complete business plans needed both to obtain financing and to effectively manage their operation. Services are confidential and free of charge.


Counseling – The SBDC provides one-on-one counseling services to new and existing businesses at no charge. We will help guide and review business plan development, discuss financing options, bank loans, SBA and state-backed loan programs, marketing, management and other topics of concern to our business clients. Counseling sessions are by appointment only.

Training – The SBDC conducts hundreds of seminars and workshops throughout the year that address topics important to all business owners. Much of our programming is designed for established businesses and focuses on topics of marketing, finance, accounting, taxation and many “industry specific” issues. Class offerings are also directed to those people in the start-up stages of business. Start-up related classes range from a “reality check” on starting a business to more extensive sessions on business fundamentals, feasibility studies, business acquisition and franchise purchases.

Services Provided

Advocacy & Public Policy

  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City
  • Community Involvement
  • Federal Business Issues
  • Issues Related to the Geographic Location of a Business
  • Kansas Business Issues
  • Small Business Issues

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting & Development
  • Business Plan Training
  • Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • International Market Research
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research
  • Research Training

Management Issues & Training

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Information
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Mentoring

Financial Resources & Assistance

  • Assistance in Finding Debt Funding
  • Assistance in Finding Equity Funding
  • Assistance in Finding Government Funding
  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Consulting
  • Energy Loan Fund
  • Equity Providers
  • Tax Credit Assistance
  • Technology Grants
  • Agriculture Grant

Import & Export Assistance

  • Networking
  • Foreign Market Research
  • Trade Education
  • Export Licensing
  • International Payments
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Product Classification
  • Free Trade Agreements
  • Export Financing

Libraries & Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources


  • Census Data
  • Competitive Analysis
  • E-Commerce
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Internet Marketing
  • Market Plan Development Strategy
  • Research (Domestic Markets)
  • Research (International Markets)
  • Customer Service
  • Distribution
  • Pricing

Networking Organizations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Industry Specific
  • Home Based
  • Small Business/General

Selling to the Government & Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching
  • Women, Minority & Disadvantaged Certification
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
  • Registration Assistance
  • Training
  • HUB Zone Certification
  • Subcontracting Opportunities
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts

Economic & Property Development

  • Consulting
  • Economic Forecast

Tax Services

  • Training

Technical Assistance

  • Computerized Bookkeeping (Installation & Training)
  • Training
  • Website Development
  • Technical Support


  • Annual Budget
  • Bookkeeping
  • Business Plan
  • Cash Flow Projections
  • Financial Statements
  • Home-Based Business
  • Marketing Plan
  • Pre-Business Planning
  • Topics Related to Developing & Maintaining a Small Business
  • E-Commerce: Doing Business on the Web
  • Business Management

Nonprofit Development

  • Strategic Planning
  • Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Technical Services


  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Franchise Selection

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Cost Accounting
Contact Information
Rick Feltenberger
600 Park Street
Custer Hall 110
Hays, KS 67601
(785) 628-4163