TOPEKA, Kansas — Will Katz of Lawrence has been awarded the Kansas Small Business Development Center’s (Kansas SBDC) State Star for 2015.
This award recognizes business consultants and staff in the SBDC Program who have demonstrated exemplary work performance, significant contribution to the organization’s economic development efforts, and a strong commitment to small businesses.
Katz, who serves dual roles as both a regional director and business consultant with the Kansas SBDC at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, was recognized for his exceptional work in business valuations, guiding companies through the development of growth plans, and working with business owners to prepare for successful business transitions to new owners in the future. He holds both a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) and Accredited Business Planning Advisor (ABPA) accreditations.
Katz stays busy in the Lawrence regional area as a member of the 1 Million Cups Lawrence Organizing Committee. He’s a board member of the First City Development Corporation (Leavenworth E-Community) and the Douglas County E-Community as well as local non-profits Just Food (VP) and Headquarters (Treasurer).
“Will has been a valuable part of our consulting team since 2006,” said Greg Panichello, Kansas SBDC state director. “He has great rapport with business owners he works with and understands what it takes to successfully own and operate a business in Kansas.”
Katz will be recognized with 62 other State Stars for his work at America’s SBDC conference in San Francisco in September.
About 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 Kansas SBDC is nationally accredited through America’s SBDC. 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.