Conference teaches entrepreneurs how to start and grow a business

Designed by the KSBDC
Conference teaches entrepreneurs how to start and grow a business

Starting your own business can be a difficult process.

For Bret Chilcott, becoming an entrepreneur was not his original plan.

“I’ve had some corporate jobs, but when I lost my corporate jobs I had to figure out a way to make a living.”

After attending conferences that focused on small businesses, he learned what direction to take from there. He successfully started his own business.

“Our business AGEagle Aerial systems we build drones and related technology to help farmer become more productive.”

Now Chilcott is a panelist at the Rural and independent innovators conference in Pittsburg, Kansas, hosted by EnterprisePSU. He hoped to take his knowledge and teach others how to successfully start a business themselves.

“The most exciting part about being an entrepreneur is helping the community that’s helping you.”

The conference was designed by the Kansas Small business development center to provide resources and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs.

“We have resources here from the US Department of Commerce, the US Department of Agriculture, from the Kansas Procurement and technical center, which they help with government contracting, we have lots of businesses here, so lots of information that an entrepreneur would need to get started” said Assistant Director of KSBDC, Dacia Clark.

Clark says it was important for them to provide entrepreneurs in rural Kansas the resources they needed.

“Just because we live rurally does not mean that you can’t have the next great idea, or we can’t help get your product to market.”

A conference like this one, is a chance to learn the ins and outs of what it takes to start a business so that entrepreneurs can ultimately bring an idea to fruition.

“Conferences like this are huge opportunities to jumpstart businesses” added Bret Chilcott.

If you need any help starting your own business or would like to see the resources that were given to attendees at the conference, you can contact the Kansas Small business development center at

The next conference will be held in April 2020.