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SCCC/ATS Serves as New Regional Host for Small Business Development

KSCB News - April 30, 2015 11:37 am

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

Twenty-two counties in the southwest region of the state will continue be served with offices in Liberal and Garden City as well as a new location in Dodge City.

Several prospective host agencies participated in a formal request for bids 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/Area Technical School as our new regional host, and a new center host, the Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation."

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 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 Small Business Development Centers. The statewide host for Kansas SBDC is Fort Hays State University.

For more information on the Kansas SBDC Network, visit or

call 877-625-7232.


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