Marcia Stevens, center director of the Wichita State University Kansas Small Business Development Center, has been selected as the 2006 State Star of the Kansas Small Business Development Center Network, according to KSBDC State Director Wally Kearns.
"I am pleased to recognize Stevens for her outstanding management and organizational skills in response to overwhelming client demand during a time when the center lost key personnel," said Kearns.
The KSBDC team chose Stevens for her willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty when the Wichita State KSBDC responded to the increased need for assistance in its region. Stevens also accepted administrative responsibilities for 13 additional counties and an additional consultant so that an agreement with Cloud County Community College could be completed. Kearns said Stevens has done an excellent job positioning the WSU KSBDC as a key component of community and economic development.
As a result of Stevens's extra efforts, the WSU KSBDC was able to meet its commitment to serving more than 2,600 KSBDC clients and workshop attendees in 2005. Her leadership ability and style are the primary reasons for this level of success, said Kearns.
"Marcia Stevens and her staff are truly committed to serving the needs of individuals, and this recognition is well deserved," said Dr. Donald L. Beggs, WSU president.
"It is an honor to accept this award and to have the opportunity to help so many people successfully grow their own business," said Stevens.
America's Small Business Development Center Network is a partnership uniting private enterprise, government, higher education and local nonprofit economic development organizations. It is the U.S. Small Business Administration's largest partnership program, providing management and technical assistance to help Americans start, run and grow their own businesses. With about 1,000 centers across the nation, the SBDC network assists approximately 650,000 small businesses every year in face-to-face counseling and training, in addition to assisting hundreds of thousands more small businesses through fax-on-demand and e-mail.
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The Kansas Small Business Development Center has been an integral player in economic development in Kansas since its inception in October 1983. The KSBDC Network operates eight regional centers and two outreach centers hosted by colleges, universities and chambers of commerce throughout the state.
Fort Hays State University serves as the administrator of the KSBDC network, which is a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Kansas Department of Commerce.
The KSBDC network promotes economic development by putting knowledge from the Kansas Board of Regents system, other colleges and universities, and the public and private sectors to work in business, industry and trade. By serving as a bridge between resources and area commerce, the KSBDC enhances the economic well being of both existing and prospective businesses.
The KSBDC network provides high-quality substantive services to small businesses in the areas of retention, expansion and start-up using a team approach. Both start-up and existing small businesses receive free and confidential business management counseling and low-cost training seminars through the KSBDC program. KSBDC clients create new wealth in Kansas by starting and growing businesses, creating and saving jobs, and accessing capital.
For more information on the KSBDC Network, contact Kearns at (785) 296-6514 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.