Archive for Thursday, March 4, 2010

Start your own business

March 4, 2010

Did you know that Lansing has a new business guide? I have been talking for years, to anyone who would listen, about the fact that they should start their own business. While digging through the Lansing pages on the Internet, I discovered that we do have the help available to anyone who wants to learn about starting their own business.

On television we always hear about people losing their jobs and looking for jobs, but you never hear anyone encouraging them to start their own business. Most of them have skills and the ability to do something that others do not have. I have told many young people, “When you are in business you are only in competition with yourself.” I realize it is difficult to go in business and even harder to stay in business. I was told by a very prominent businessman years ago when I first started my business, “You will have to work evenings and weekends to make it work.” He was right.

Go to Google.com and type in Lansing, Kansas New Business Guide. You will see, “We are pleased you chose the city of Lansing for your business location”. There is a phone number to call for information. It also talks to you about your location and includes all the rules and regulations for permits and licenses. On the same site there are resources to help you with business licensing, building inspections, economic development and to assist you in what your business will need.

Also there is the Kansas Business Center that will give you information to do business in Kansas. This includes the Kansas Small Business Development Center that provides entrepreneurs and small-business owners with knowledge, tools and resources to enhance their success, which guides them toward opportunities and solutions. The Leavenworth-Lansing Chamber of Commerce will give you additional information. The Kansas Department of Revenue Web site for assistance with sales tax information, withholding tax, tax credits, and many other items relating to operation of your business in Kansas. The Workforce Partnership is an employer solution in the areas of hiring and recruiting, training, retention and expansion to businesses of all sizes.

We have seen so many businesses come and go simply because they do not know about all these rules and regulations ahead of time, or where to go for help.

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