Kansas SBDC Announces New SBDC Locations

Kansas SBDC announces new regional & service centers in southwest Kansas [press release]

05/12/15 lr/kb statewide

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Small Business Development Center statewide network has announced that Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will be the new host for the southwest Kansas regional network.

New centers will be opened in Dodge City, hosted by the Dodge City/Ford County Development Corp., and in Garden City.

Twenty-two counties in the southwest region of the state will continue be served from the offices in Liberal and the centers in Garden City and Dodge City.

Several prospective host agencies participated in a formal request-for-bid process to be selected as the new regional host.

“We were pleased to see such a strong response from organizations interested in supporting Kansas SBDC services for small businesses,” said Greg Panichello, Kansas SBDC state director.

“Ultimately, we found the ideal fit with our current outreach host, Seward County Community College, as our new regional host, and a new center host, the Dodge City/Ford County Development Corp.”

In 2013, the Kansas SBDC in the southwest region helped clients increase sales by more than $5 million and create and retain more than 169 jobs in the region. This amounts to a $12.69 return to the tax base for every $1 invested in the program.

About the Kansas Small Business Development Center

The Kansas SBDC network provides existing Kansas small businesses, start-ups, and pre-venture entrepreneurs with no-cost business consulting, low- and no-cost training, and resources for every stage of the business life cycle.

The Kansas SBDC network is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the state of Kansas. The network receives funding from, and partners with, higher education and economic development organizations. The KSBDC is nationally accredited through America’s Small Business Development Centers. The statewide host for Kansas SBDC is Fort Hays State University.

For more information on the Kansas SBDC Network, visit kansassbdc.net or call 877-625-7232.

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Recruiting and Hiring Top-Quality Employees

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The final blog in my series summarizes the past blogs I have written which all had the common purpose – recruiting and hiring top-quality employees.

In my previous posts, I’ve discussed how any company, whether big or small, must always take the necessary steps to try and ensure that they are hiring the best employee for the position needed. There are numerous ways to go about this process, but I will recap on the crucial tasks that should be completed in the hiring stages for an employee in this post.

  • Develop accurate job descriptions. In order for a job description to be effective, it should reflect careful thought as to the roles the individual will fill, the skill sets they’ll need, the personality attributes that are important to completing the tasks, and any relevant experience that would differentiate one applicant from another.
  • Compile a “success profile.” For key positions that are critical to your business, it is important to develop a profile of the ideal employee. Identifying skills and attributes that a candidate needs to succeed in that position will help match candidates against a specific profile. For more, refer to my previous post, Developing Accurate Job Descriptions and Success Profiles.
  • Draft the ad, describing the position and the key qualified required. Including the key qualifications required will help limit the number of unqualified applicants you receive.
  • Review the resumes you receive and identify your best candidates. When receiving resumes it is important that you know what you are looking for in terms of experience, education and skills to help weed through the resumes quickly and identify potential candidates. For more, refer to my previous post, Reviewing Resumes and Identifying the Best Candidates.
  • Outline a solid selection process or guide that you’ll follow. For more, refer to my previous post, Selection Process Guidelines for a Job Candidate.
  • Select the candidate and run a background check on the individual. After matching the best applicant to the profiled job description it is time to make your selection. At this time it is also encouraged that a background check is done to uncover any potential problems not revealed by previous testing and interviews.
  • Make your offer to the candidate. Gathering information about the individual during the interview will provide an idea as to what starting compensation should be offered and the proper training this individual will need.

After reviewing these suggestions, I hope you are better prepared to recruit and hire the top-quality employees you need to successfully run and operate your business. Finding the right employees can be a challenge, but doing so will undoubtedly benefit the company in the long run. I would like to thank the Kansas Small Business Development Center and the Management Development Center at Fort Hays State University for the opportunity to guest blog about HR related topics that will further my knowledge on the subject as I prepare to graduate and begin my career.

From the Kansas SBDC

Saul, we’d like to thank you as well. We appreciate your contribution and know that this insightful series you authored and published on our website will help many small businesses in Kansas and beyond. We look forward to watching you develop in your HR career and hope to work with you again in the near future.

About our Author

Saul Sanchez is a Human Resources undergraduate student studying at Fort Hays State University. He blends his classroom education with real world learning working with FHSU’s Management Development Center (MDC) as a student intern. He takes his learning one step further by guest blogging about small business HR issues via a co-operative learning opportunity developed between the FHSU MDC and the Kansas SBDC.