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KU Small Business Development Center

The KU Small Business Development Center assists with the growth of Kansas small businesses by providing free one-to-one advising services.

Become a client

Our center is one of 13 Kansas Small Business Development Centers in Kansas and one of more than 1,000 SBDCs in the United States. We are a partnership program between the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Kansas Department of Commerce (KDOC), the University of Kansas School of Business and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.

The KU-KSBDC serves the following counties:

  • Douglas
  • Franklin
  • Jefferson
  • Atchison
  • Leavenworth
  • Doniphan


The KU-KSBDC provides free and confidential individual advising to small business owners, managers and prospective owners. The center can work with any company that fits into the Small Business Administration's definition of a "small business."

The center works both with startup companies, existing small businesses, and those who wish to sell or purchase a small business. Typical areas covered in advising include: 

  • The startup process
  • Business planning
  • Financing and funding
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Human resources
  • Taxes

The objective of this counseling is to promote a healthy small business community and to foster economic development through new business starts, expansions, job creation and retention, and sales growth.

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Get in touch

Visit us at in Downtown Lawrence. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m to 5 p.m. We are generally unable to accomodate walk-in sessions, but we would be happy to schedule a future appointment.
718 New Hampshire
Lawrence , Kansas 66044

The Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration under Cooperative Agreement No. 3-603001-2-0017-8. The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute and expressed or implied endorsement of the co-sponsors' or participants' opinions, products or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. A partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing (KDOCH).

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