January news & updates
What's Inside:
  • JCCC Cybersecurity Summit
  • Encountering Innovation moved to June
  • Client Shout Out
  • Upcoming Training Events
Cybersecurity Summit
JCCC's Cybersecurity Summit
It’s no secret the number of incidents of cybercrime infiltrating local businesses is at an all-time high. The impact of such a breach goes far beyond the actual costs associated; it can literally force a business to close! As companies face the challenges of securing a dynamic workforce, controlling your business’ assets is critical. Minimize risk by attending the Cybersecurity Summit where you will hear true stories and understand the essentials needed to protect your business. 

  • When: Friday, January 28th, 2022 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Where: Regnier Center RC 101 on the JCCC Campus
  • 11190 Quivira Rd, Overland Park, KS 6621

Registration includes:
  • You’ve Been Hacked! Access
  • Cybersecurity Toolkit for mitigating risks
  • One Drink Ticket for Happy Hour (choice of beer or wine)

By attending the full Cybersecurity Summit, you will receive a certificate of completion that may be used for CEUs that your professional certification may annually require.
For more information, click here.
Encountering Innovation - Now in June
The 6th Annual Encountering Innovation conference is happening earlier this year!

Join us in person June 6-9, 2022, for Matchmaking and Innovation Discovery.

For more information on Encountering Innovation and to register, click here.
Kansas SBDC Client Shout Out
EMP Shield
EMP Shield is an innovative company based out of Burlington, KS, headed by Tim Carty and Pete Keegan. Through the help of the Kansas SBDC, the company has earned many industry successes. Carty came up with a way to improve a surge protector that prevents irreparable damage from High-Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse surges.

After reaching out to the Kansas SBDC at Emporia State and talking with advisors, the two pitched their idea at the 2018 Encountering Innovation conference. They also saw the opportunity to pitch EMP Shield to Department of Defense scouts. Through the help of the Kansas SBDC, the duo prepared the paperwork for the application and received coaching for the presentation at the conference.

A notable result through their work with the Kansas SBDC was EMP Shield saw an expanded client base and the company has also started to export the surge protector. Tim Carty and Pete Keegan credit the success of the business to the advisors at the Emporia SBDC, as well as to their hardworking team. They advise meeting with local SBDC representatives, and to key in on suggestions the advisors make, as well as keeping the advisors current on any successes and failures.

Carty notes that the Kansas SBDC advisors always go out of their way to problem-solve and brainstorm solutions.

"They have always made time to listen and offer advice, or gather information so that they can research the issue," Carty said. "Then they have always come back with answers, suggestions, or resources suggestions with which we could follow up."
Upcoming Virtual & In-Person Events
Virtual webinar events (Free unless noted)
Special Facebook Live Event

Tune in on January 10th at 10 am on our Kansas SBDC Facebook Page for a special Facebook Live event. Join Jessica Johnson from the SBDC at Johnson County Community College to discuss the upcoming Cybersecurity Summit. Register here.
In-Person (Free unless noted)

To register for our upcoming virtual and in person events, click here
Parting Note: We would like to Wish Michaela Davied best wishes on her new career. Michaela started with the Kansas SBDC as one of our very first State Marketing Center student employees in 2019 and has been involved in most of the Client Shout Out stories we share. After graduating December 2020, Michaela took a temporary position with our State PR & Events team to help with some new initiatives including helping start the monthly Newsletter. Michaela has recently accepted a marketing position with a good local firm and we wish her continued success and happiness! Thanks Michaela! - Randy, Mindy & the rest of the Kansas SBDC team
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