Small Business Courses Oct. 12th & 19th



Republic County Economic Development  in partnership with LRS Consulting, will be offering free small business courses to Republic County and Cloud County residents. The first two will be Wednesday October 12th and the third course is Wednesday October 19th. All courses will be held at the Belleville City Office 1819L Street Belleville, Ks.

RSVP by calling Luke Mahin at (785) – 374-3047.

October 12th 5:30 – 9:30 pm

  • Meeting the 3Ms – Learning the Basics of Money, Marketing & Management

  • The Right Start Using a Business Plan

October 19th 6:00 – 8:00 pm

  • Cash Flow Made Easy


Can’t make it?!? Don’t worry another round of these courses will be held in early 2017 in Concordia.

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Read this previous article about the courses held in the Spring of 2016.


LRS Consulting, Inc. To Offer Small Business Development Courses In April

On Saturday, January 30th, three small business development courses were offered free of charge at the CloudCorp office to anyone intending to start a small business in Cloud County. The three classes consisted of: Meeting the 3Ms- Learning the Basics of Money, Marketing & Management; Cash Flow Made Easy; and The Right Start Using a Business Plan.

Classes began at 8:00 a.m. with enticing refreshments sponsored by Elk State Bank. Everyone in attendance had the opportunity after classes to schedule a meeting with their course instructor and small business development expert, Linda Sutton of LRS, for a one-on-one consultation.

CloudCorp will now be partnering with LRS Consulting for all Small Business Development needs. When asked how long Linda has been business savvy, she snickered. Since 1994, Linda has been running her own consulting firm, LRS consulting, as a side business to provide solutions to small businesses. She first earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Computer Science from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska. Linda has been busy ever since and holds many titles: International Financial Analyst, Private Pilot, Television Controller, and a Teacher.

Running full speed ahead, Linda officially opened LRS consulting Inc. in January 2016. Her business offers a wide range of services for small businesses. A few of these services consist of: Business Training and Valuations, Income Tax Preparation, Strategic Marketing, and QuickBooks Setup & Training. Initial consultations with LRS Consulting Inc. includes one hour of free services.

Successfully running a business is no walk in the park and not everyone is prepared for that kind of responsibility. “There is a lot involved in operating your business and its not for everyone. Even if someone is cut out for it, they need to go through the proper steps to make sure everything is in place before they open for business,” said Linda. “Problems new business owners may face if they are not fully prepared consist of having an incorrect legal structure, being unable to manage sales tax, not having enough working capital, and unaware of how to set up payroll.”

It’s extremely important for potential business owners to fully understand their cash flow and being able to incorporate their business needs. “If new business members have a difficult time managing their own personal finances, they are going to have an even harder time managing their business finances,” said Linda.

The courses, made possible by the Concordia City Commission and the Cloud County Board of Commissioners, are required to take for gap financing and the Get in the Cloud Grant Program for new business members. Even business members that have already been in business for a couple years can benefit from these classes. “These classes are extremely beneficial to the community because the average person starting a business doesnt know the process they need to go through or where to even start, or the resources that are available to them. Let alone, they have no clue what a business plan consists of or what their cash flow projections are,” said Linda.

The next opportunity to take the free courses will be Saturday, April 2nd starting at 8:00am. To register, contact CloudCorp at 785-243-2010. To get the full list of services offered by LRS and a breakdown of what the services cover, visit Or if you would like to get in contact with Linda to discuss your business needs, you may also e-mail her at