Sheryl Davis has moved from her position as the acting director for the Fort Hays State University Kansas Small Business Development Center to the regional director for the KSBDC.
"The Fort Hays Sate University Kansas Small Business Development Center has, for the past 24 years, provided free management assistance to businesses in western and northwestern Kansas," said Davis. "During my 19 years with the FHSU KSBDC, I have seen the way our clients operate and the way we deliver service change with technology. I expect that trend to continue and look forward to incorporating those changes in our organization."
"We are no longer a 'build it and they will come' economy," she said. "There are many opportunities to live in northwest Kansas and have customers around the world. It is an exciting time for us and the businesses we serve."
Davis' career spans both large and small, urban and rural organizations and gives her a unique perspective when counseling businesses in 21 countries of northwest and central Kansas. She is experienced as a secretary, in accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll, as cashier dealing with funds for a large company and as an accountant.
She has industry experience with a small plastics manufacturer, a national transportation company and local accounting and national CPA firms. She has taught outreach accounting classes for Colby Community College and Introduction to Entrepreneurship for the FHSU Virtual College.
Davis received a master of science in accounting degree from Wichita State University, is a certified public accountant licensed to practice in Kansas, holds a certificate as an economic development professional from the national development council and a certificate of educational achievement for tax planning and advising for closely held businesses from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and is a professional advisor of QuickBooks.
She was a charter member of the Kansas Rural Development Council, serving in that position for five years, represents the FHSU KSBDC in the Western Kansas Rural Economic Development Alliance, and is active in a variety of economic development, tourism, and leadership organizations in northwest Kansas.