We hope you enjoy this monthly GO Topeka newsletter geared toward small businesses, entrepreneurs and startups. We'll provide all the local business-related news you need to know about upcoming events, opportunities and much more! To offer feedback or suggestions, contact GO Topeka's Erin Young at Erin.Young@TopekaPartnership.com.


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5 Small Businesses Tasks That Can Be Done By Artificial Intelligence Tools

Artificial intelligence is unlikely to replace your employees anytime soon, but it can take on some of the repetitive tasks that eat into your team’s productivity.

A study by Harvard Business Review found that today’s AI tools can support businesses in three main areas: automating business processes, gaining insight through data analysis, and engaging with customers and employees.

Here are some examples of business tasks that fall under these categories — and how AI can help.

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The Essential LinkedIn KPIs to Track Your sales & Marketing

Today, LinkedIn has evolved from a platform for job seekers to a valuable resource for entrepreneurs, sales professionals, recruiters, and, yes, job candidates. Business owners use LinkedIn to foster a more engaged workforce, improve recruiting, build an employer brand, and network with prospective sales leads.

These myriad business goals can make it tricky to understand which key performance indicators (KPIs) are the most relevant to your company. LinkedIn provides data points that can show you details about your page, visitors, content, followers, and even your talent brand analytics.

In addition, LinkedIn made some changes to its algorithm in 2023 that might make some KPIs more relevant than others. As a result, consider using these indicators to get a clear picture of how your business is performing on LinkedIn.

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10 Funding Options for Hispanic- and Latino- Owned Businesses

Despite being the fastest-growing demographic among entrepreneurs, Hispanic and Latino business owners still face challenges accessing capital. Here are 10 agencies and organizations that can help.

The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States has grown 34% in the last 10 years, contributing more than $500 million to the economy. In fact, Hispanic-owned companies grew 8.2% from 2019 to 2020 — proving that, as the United States becomes more diverse, so does the landscape of business ownership.

Approximately 20% of businesses in the United States are owned by minorities, with Hispanic-owned businesses leading the way. Despite being the fastest-growing demographic among businesses, however, the funding to help support these entrepreneurs remains sparse.

In response to this lack of funding access, multiple organizations and government agencies have been set up to help Hispanic and minority business owners with loans, grants, and other financing options. Here are 10 that can help.

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Small Business Council

The Small Business Council is a leadership group of area entrepreneurs dedicated to work with the support of GO Topeka to promote small business in Shawnee County and equip those businesses for success. GO Topeka empowers small business by relying on local business leaders to influence and shape the conversation about how best to support existing businesses, and assist those who wish to learn how they can grow.

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Training & Events

Sesión Informativa


Lunes, Septiembre 11, 2023

Tiene dos opciones:

10a.m. & 4p.m.


La Biblioteca Pública del Condado de Topeka y Shawnee

Marvin Auditorium 101C

1515 SW 10th Ave

Topeka, KS 66604


Martes, Octubre 10, 2023

Tiene dos opciones:

10 a.m.

4 p.m. 

Incentivos Para Pequenos Negocios

Te invitamos a una sesion informative gratuita.

Asegure financiacion antes de tomar decisiones cruciales para su compania, como la construccion, la actualizacion de equipos, la capacitacion o el marketing.

¿Está buscando llevar su negocio al siguiente nivel, pero necesita un poco de ayuda adicional? Bueno, ¡estás de suerte! GO Topeka está aquí para brindarle incentivos increíbles para apoyar su crecimiento y desarrollo.

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*We are providing this information in Spanish to expand our outreach to as many demographics as possible. This specific session is aimed towards our Spanish speaking community. If you or someone you know can benefit from attending this session that will be in Spanish please reach out to Israel.Sanchez@TopekaPartnership.com.

If you would like more information on Small Business Incentives, please reach out to Stephanie.Norwood@TopekaPartnership.com.*

How To Start A Business Workshop by SBDC

How To Start A business introduces entrepreneurs to the basic steps of starting a small business. You will learn about local resources, how to research your ideas and markets, legal and registration requirements, business plan resources, and opportunities for financing. In addition to the presentation, Washburn SBDC will distribute checklists and resource links.

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Envista Lunch & Learn: HR Insights For The Empowered Business

At Envista, you are backed by a team who cares about your business as much as you do. Consider us your partner, your resource and your advocate.

Our commercial services team has brought together a panel of seasoned human resource experts to share valuable experiences and answer your most pressing HR questions at our upcoming Lunch & Learn.

When: Tuesday, September 26

Time: 11:30am

Where: Envista Event Center, 3620 SW Wanamaker

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The Propeller program offers a comprehensive entrepreneurial experience by pairing aspiring business owners with seasoned mentors. This dynamic partnership provides invaluable guidance and support throughout the journey of launching or growing a business. Through a minimum of three dedicated meetings, the program fosters a strong connection between the entrepreneur and mentor, ensuring a personalized approach that accommodates both parties' schedules. This flexible scheduling underscores Propeller's commitment to convenience and effectiveness, empowering entrepreneurs to navigate the challenges of business ownership while benefiting from the wisdom and insights of experienced mentors.

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Join The Partnership on Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th Ave., for our Q3 Power Breakfast! Power Breakfast is a quarterly networking event hosted by GTP members, for GTP members. At the breakfast, attendees have the chance to learn more about the latest Partnership programs and relevant business-related topics, all while networking and exchanging business cards. We'll see you there!

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Economic Outlook Conference

The Greater Topeka Partnership and Washburn University School of Business are teaming up to host Topeka's annual Economic Outlook Conference, coming to Washburn's Memorial Union A/B on Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Join us to hear from experts and learn more about the state of the current economy at the local, regional and national levels. Click the button below to register today!

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Path To Profitability

Get an in-depth understanding of business financials and how you can work towards increasing profitability by reviewing expenses, clients, and services.

*This is apart of the Small Business Councils training series that will be occurring bi-monthly.

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ForgeFest Rooftop Party

Economic Outlook Conference

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Leadership Greater Topeka 2024 Nominations Closing Soon

Nominations for the 2024 class of Leadership Greater Topeka close on Friday, Sept. 15. Know someone with exceptional leadership ability, who is driven to make a difference in their community?

Nominate them today before it's too late!


Greater Topeka Partnership, Forge Young Talent Moving Topeka Flag License Plate Initiative Forward, Collecting Signatures As Next Step in Process

The Greater Topeka Partnership and Forge Young Talent are excited to announce the next steps in their collaborative effort to offer Topeka-area residents a new opportunity to showcase their community pride. Starting in 2024, specially designed Topeka flag license plates approved by the State of Kansas will be available for purchase when people renew their vehicle registrations, allowing those with Topeka ties to display their capital city pride wherever they drive.

Area residents eager to secure their Topeka flag license plates can take the first step by expressing their interest via an online form available at TopekaFlagPlate.com. At least 250 signatures will need to be collected in the weeks ahead to reach the interest threshold required for the state to begin producing the new plates, which will be offered at a cost of $50 each.

Greater Topeka Partnership Office of Equity & Opportunity Launches New 'Fusion Network' Series to Diversify Community Programming and Networking

The Greater Topeka Partnership’s office of equity and opportunity is excited to announce the launch this week of a new programming series designed to highlight and grow the diversity of experiences in our area’s business community. Dubbed “The Fusion Network,” this new series will feature themed networking events that honor the success, contributions and innovations of diverse local businesses and business owners. The Fusion Network will also grow to include training sessions, pitch competitions, and other offerings that create opportunities to build equity in business.

“Fusion Network is all about fostering inclusivity through new networking opportunities and events that bring diverse members of the community closer together,” said Glenda Washington, chief equity and opportunity officer for the Greater Topeka Partnership. “As we thought about what Fusion Network could be, standing up timely, relevant themes for our networking nights seemed like a wonderful way to tie these events to important and timely issues. At our October Fusion Network, we’ll be looking to honor National Hispanic Heritage Month — and with plenty more programming to come, that’s just the beginning.”

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Ribbon Cuttings Held in August

  • H&H Designs
  • FinelyLinked
  • Mijo's Coffee & Eatery
  • Little Russia Chili Parlor
  • Norseman Lakeheim
  • SLI Connect
  • St. Croix Hospice
  • Koch Home Collective
  • The Topeka Rodeo
  • Topeka BBQ Shop
  • The Mud Room
  • Azura Credit Union (Wanamaker)
  • King Auto Glass

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