Each Regional SBDC is staffed by professionals with the knowledge and business experience to provide expert counseling and training. Our staff has a wide variety of business experience in many different functional areas and industries. Centers may also utilize faculty, graduate students, volunteers and representatives from business and industry.
To offer you the most comprehensive services available, the KSBDC partners with a diverse group of organizations including universities, community colleges, chambers of commerce, financial institutions, cities, counties, and other government agencies.
The KSBDC is a partnership program with the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Kansas Dept. of Commerce. The KSBDC is partially funded by the US Small Business Administration. SBA's funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.
The Board consists of members who possess outstanding qualifications and are known to be familiar with the needs and challenges of small businesses. A majority of the members are from the private sector and are from small businesses, associations representing small businesses or other organizations concerned with small businesses.
Chair, Fred Willich, President, Hi-Tech Interiors, Inc.
Vice-Chair, Senator Tom Holland
Linda Adams, President, Cherry Pickers, Inc.
Karin Brownlee, Public Policy Leader
Tony Dellasega, Branch President, Community National Bank
Linda Fund, Executive Director, Kansas Association of Community Colleges
Representative Don Hill
Justin Holstin, Attorney, Holstin Law Ofﬁce
Galen Huffman, Owner/CEO, Formation Plastics, Inc.
Joe Jindra, President/General Manager, KNCK/Kiss-FM KCKS
Representative Larry Powell
Judy Transue, Co-owner/Business Manager, CHC Creative Remodeling
Shirley Voran, Founder/Co-owner, The Kansas Wheat House, Inc.
Authority and Purpose
In accordance with 15 U.S.C. 648 (j), each SBDC must establish an Advisory Board to:
* provide advice and counsel to the KSBDC Network (KSBDC) on matters affecting small business owners, managers and their relationship with the KSBDC. Specifically, advice and counsel concerning the efficient and effective delivery of services to the small business community of Kansas.
* advise in the development of short and long-range plans for the KSBDC, together with the means by which progress toward these goals can be measured.
* assist and promote communication between the Kansas small business community, state government, local economic development groups and other business related organizations in Kansas.
* offer recommendations for improvement of counseling, training, public relations, and resource programs available to the KSBDC.
Role of Advisory Board Members
The primary role and focus of the KSBDC Advisory Board will be the following:
Advocacy - efforts to represent the interests of small businesses within the SBDC's jurisdiction, to improve the climate for small businesses, and to contribute to the vitality of the small business sector.
Capital Formation - efforts to develop or assist in developing capital for small businesses: e.g., loans, micro loans, equity.
Resource Development - activities which promote and/or develop other funding partners to assist the SBDC in its mission.
Economic Development - General activities aimed at supporting/strengthening Kansas' economic environment. Activities may include Agri-Business, Entrepreneurship, Rural Development, Community Development, Convention/Tourism, and Incubators.