Linda Sutton, a Cloud County Community College Kansas Small Business Development Center consultant, was recently named the 2007 Region VII Small Business Administration Women in Business Champion.
The Region VII office, Kansas City, selects winners from each of the four districts and two branch offices among Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. Regional winners who compete for national titles will be named at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 24-25.
Sutton was nominated by Lorraine Palmer, president of Cloud County Tea Company. "Strong challenges need strong champions, and Linda is that champion," said Palmer.
Besides consulting with beginning businesses, Sutton writes articles for Eye on Kansas and speaks to women's business and professional organizations while searching and nominating women-owned businesses in Kansas for business awards.
Sutton founded a networking group encompassing 11 northeast Kansas counties in 2006 called Women Entrepreneurs in Business, which allows business women to connect with each other, share experiences, and gain knowledge and insight relating specifically to their needs. She is also responsible for organizing last fall's Holiday Business Expo at Cloud County Community College. It featured businesses she had worked with through the Kansas Small Business Development Center, of which 74 percent of the businesses who showcased their products and services were owned by women.
"Although she only joined the KSBDC in 2003, Linda has made a tremendous contribution to the Wichita State University Outreach Center in Concordia and to the KSBDC network as a whole," said Elizabeth Auer, district director of SBA's Wichita District Office.