Welcome to the
Kansas Small Business Development Center
"Growing Kansas Entrepreneurs" is the goal of the KSBDC.
We accomplish this goal by assisting established firms, growth
companies, and start-up enterprises meet the challenges in today's
evolving global marketplace.
Eight regional KSBDC centers and nine
outreach centers combine the resources of a professional staff, the
state's best educational institutions, the private sector, and
government at all levels. KSBDC provides high-quality, one-on-one
business management counseling, educational programs and practical
information that enable small businesses to effectively compete in
The Kansas Small Business Development Center (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
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.
2013 Emerging & Existing Small Businesses of the Year
The Kansas Small Business Development Center
(KSBDC) has announced the 2013 Emerging and Existing Businesses of the Year.
Each of the eight KSBDC regional centers selected one emerging and one existing
business for the award.
In total, 16 Kansas small businesses will be recognized at a ceremony
in Topeka on
Tuesday, March 12. The businesses were selected from more than 2,700 entrepreneurs
who received KSBDC services in 2012.
"The businesses were
selected after careful consideration by our regional directors and
consultants," said Greg Panichello, KSBDC state director. "The
continuing difficult national economy has provided numerous opportunities for
small businesses to adapt and prosper in response. Collectively, we feel these
16 small businesses are excellent examples of small business adaptation and
success in challenging times."
Award recipients will be
recognized by the Kansas House and Kansas Senate. Resolutions recognizing the
business owners will be presented by Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City,
and Rep. Don Hill, R-Emporia. Both are KSBDC Advisory Board members.
Existing Businesses of the Year
llc | Emporia
| Amy & Steve Harmon, owners | KSBDC
Kreations | Hillsboro
| Marie Kessler, owner | KSBDC at ESU in
Oberlin Knife Shop | Oberlin | JW
& Deb Smith, owners | KSBDC at FHSU in
Hays Fire and Rescue Sales & Service
LLC | Hays | Kelvin & DeAnn Meyers, owners | KSBDC at FHSU in Bird City
Paradise LLC | Sublette | Steve & Janet Weidner, owners | KSBDC at GCCC
Sunflower Creations | Copeland | Gerald
& Lois Nichols, owners | KSBDC at GCCC
New York Dawg Pound | Overland Park | Sal
Frustaci & Will Brown, owners | KSBDC
Molly’s Table | Paola | Donna Nagle, owner
| KSBDC at JCCC
Lawrence Montessori School
| Lawrence | Purvis
& Tiraz Birdie, owners | KSBDC at KU
Mid Star Lab |
Edwardsville | Kari & Ron Wagner | KSBDC
Sweet Designs Cakery | Pittsburg | Heather &
Roger Horton Jr., owners | KSBDC at
HayesBrand Molding Inc | Garnett | The
Hayes family, owners | KSBDC at PSU
Absolute Dimensions LLC | Wichita | Stephen
Brittain & Michael Rickords, owners | KSBDC
Inc | Linn | Steve & Cindi Ohlde, Justin & Becky Ohlde, Kyler
Ohlde, owners | KSBDC at WSU in Concordia
Seneca Variety | Seneca | Dona
& Jack Willmeth, owners | KSBDC at
WU in Glacial Hills
Pat the Plumber | Topeka | Pat &
Jennifer Grogan, owners | KSBDC at WU
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The Kansas Small Business Development Center Network is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Kansas Department of Commerce.