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 Laurie Pieper at
Economic Outlook Conference

On October 4th, 7:30 - 10:30 a.m., Washburn University and GO Topeka will be hosting their annual Economic Outlook Conference. David Sollars, Dean of the WU School of Business, states: "Topeka and Shawnee County have enjoyed significant economic progress over the past decade. Washburn University looks forward to hosting an important conversation about what to expect in the coming years. The economy is constantly shifting. The Economic Outlook Conference will help attendees to understand better what factors are driving change, and what opportunities exist to propel Topeka and our region forward."
MED Week Pitch Contest Date Changed

Minority and Women Business Development (MWBD) will be hosting a pitch contest for minority and women-owned businesses. The goal is to identify new businesses concepts, uncover innovative ideas and help existing businesses bring new opportunities to market. If you are interested in participating in the Minority and Women Business Pitch Contest, click here The Pitch contests will take place on November 3rd. For more information, please contact Glenda Washington at 786-246-6205.
Gearing Up for the New Athena Program

MWBD will begin taking applications for the New Athena Leadership Program for Women. At the foundational core of how we fulfill our mission to balance the voices in leadership worldwide, is our tested, our trusted ATHENA Leadership Model. The ATHENA Leadership Model was created out of a need for diversity, inclusion, representation—a need for more effective, cooperative stewardship based on the following Eight Principles of Enlightened Leadership: Live Authentically, Learn Constantly, Build Relationships, Foster Collaboration, Act Courageously, Advocate Fiercely, Give Back, and Celebrate. Stay tuned for more information on where and how you can register.
Digitization Matters for Small Businesses

A recent report issued by the Bipartisan Policy Center documents why the adoption of digital tools is important to small businesses. The report found that adoption of a large number of digital tools is associated with revenue growth and helping small businesses be more efficient and competitive. Yet businesses with under 10 employees are slower to adopt digital tools due to underappreciation of the value of the tools, the time that it takes to learn how to use the tools well, and lack of employees with relevant skills. According to the report, “(t)he most sought-after digital skills among small businesses surveyed were: knowing how to use digital tools to create and use documents and spreadsheets (43%), followed by online advertising and marketing (36%), and accounting software (35%).” 
Upcoming US Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council Visit

In October, Laurie Pieper, Go Topeka’s VP of Entrepreneurship & Small Business will be joining the US Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council for Council meetings and legislative visits in Washington, D. C. to represent the greater Topeka small business community and advocate for the interests of small businesses.
Quarterly Small
Business Report

The US Chamber of Commerce and Met Life published their quarterly Small Business Report on September 21st. According to the report, 90% of small businesses are concerned about the negative impacts of inflation on their businesses and think that addressing inflation needs to be a high legislative priority; but the good news is that 76% of small business have a plan for coping with inflation. These include strategies such as the following: raising prices, making adjustments to products or services, changing suppliers, getting loans, and reducing staff. One lesson that many small businesses learned during the COVID-19 pandemic is how to be adaptable and pivot to cope with stressful business cycles and these skills are still being put to good use today.
Innovation Center Tours

GO Topeka’s Innovation Team recently hosted the first public tour event of the buildings at … Kansas Ave. that are to become the Innovation Center. Around 50 people attended for a look at the 66,000 sq. ft. of space that will be home to modern co-working space, concierge services, conference space, offices and labs to support the growth of innovation in Topeka. For leasing information, contact
GTP Executive Elected to ACCE Foundation

Glenda Washington, Chief Equity and Opportunity Officer for the Greater Topeka Partnership, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Foundation, a 501(c)3 that supports the work of ACCE. The Foundation funds programming, peer-to-peer learning, and leadership development for chamber professionals seeking to create positive change by addressing the issues that challenge the long-term economic health and quality of life in our country’s cities and towns. 
Tips For Managing Supply Chain

Supply chain issues can affect ability to produce goods, operational procedures, employee training and pricing of products. One tip is to be proactive about finding alternative suppliers and planning for how changes might affect your business and whether these changes are going to be short term or long term. 
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. To learn more about the SBC or to get involved, contact or visit the website!
Save the Dates for Global Entrepreneurship Week!

Save the dates – November 14th to 18th, so that you can participate in amazing Global Entrepreneurship Week activities that we have planned locally including Small Business Strategies for Success, Innovation Breakfast, Cultivating Entrepreneurial Mindset, Business Unwind Networking; Certifications and Government Contracting for Women-Owned Businesses, International Trade Opportunities, and Boots to Business Reboot (for active military, veterans and their spouses). For more information plus watch for more information on each individual event. – If your organization is hosting events for GEW, please let us know so that we can put them on our calendar. We look forward to seeing you there!
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