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Johnson County

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Johnson County
11811 S. Sunset Drive
Suite 1500
Olathe, KS 66061

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday,
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

(913) 715-7000
(913) 715-7005 fax

Map to our office

K-State Research and Extension is committed to making its services, activities and programs accessible to all participants. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Johnson County Extension at (913)715-7000. Notify staff of accommodation needs as early as possible.

Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service

K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Starting a Small Business

The idea of starting a small business is likely very exciting to you but probably also a little scary. That's actually a good thing. With so many small businesses failing each year, you want to make sure you have the best opportunity of succeeding. One way to do that is find out as much information as you can before you start. Learn from other people's successes and failures and make this business decision with the help of great resource providers right here in our community.

Be sure to check out our class listing for upcoming classes.

Resources for starting a small business

Below is a listing of some of the resources we recommend you contact as you prepare for this journey of thinking about starting a small business. Good luck!

Kansas Small Business Development Center

Located on the campus at Johnson County Community College, the SBDC can be a great resource in areas related to operating a business: business plan development, strategic planning, marketing & financial analysis.

Hispanic Economic Development Corporation, HEDC

The HEDC business development program provides unique one-on-one consultation services for current and aspiring entrepreneurs. HEDC is the only organization which offers bilingual and bicultural planning, support and technical assistance to current and aspiring entrepreneurs in the Greater Kansas City Area.


KCSourceLink connects a network of 140 nonprofit resource organizations that provide business-building services for small businesses. You may call and talk with staff or use their resource locator to help you find just the right provider of services you are looking for. Services include Marketing, Financial Planning, Sales, Loans, Technical, Product development, Education, Government contracts, and Operations.

Chambers of Commerce

The chambers of commerce of each Johnson County City is a good place to ask for assistance with business development, city regulations and local contacts.

Network Kansas

NetWork Kansas is a statewide service that enables entrepreneurs and small business owners to be connected with the resources they need when they need them!

Contact Us

Tara Markley
County Extension Director