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Community Development

A community's sustainability depends on its long-term ability to meet residents' needs. One of our goals at K-State Research and Extension is to provide technical assistance and evidence based programs to citizens who want to make sure their communities survive and prosper. 

K-State Research and Extension can play a key role in helping people create a vision across traditional geographical, sociological, and political boundaries. As Henry Ford said "Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." 

Community Vitality Opportunities

We can help your community become a better place to live, work and play. Check these opportunities and then give us a call to learn more. Extension provides Community Vitality opportunities in:

Community Capacity Building Extension delivers technical assistance and  evidence-based programs to assist citizens who want to make sure their  communities survive and propser.  Programming is avaialble in the following  areas.

  • Entrepreneurship: Resources for Economic Growth

  • First Impressions:  A Method to Boost Community Vitality

  • Youth Community Perceptions: A youth-based civic engagement and  community assesment program

  • The Gold Standard of Customer Relations: Relationship Building  Between  Businesses and  Counsumers

Volunteer Organization and Training  Extension  can assist in  leadership organization and  help people create  a vision acros traditional geographical, sociological and political boundaries.

  • Welcome A Board, Board Leadership Basics: You a re serving on  a board...now what? 
  • Grant Writing Training: Partnering with  Funders to Achieve Community Goals
  • Kansas PRIDE Program: Virbrant Communities with a Positive Future
  • Master Community  Facilitator: A training for community volunteers to faciltate crucial community conversations


K-State Research and Extension entrepreneurship programs help youth and young adults develop the skills necessary to successfully start and operate businesses that maintain community vitality and economic growth in Kansas.

Local Businesses

First Friday e-Calls

K-State Research and Extension offers an entrepreneurship webinar every first Friday of the month.  Our mutual goal is to engage knowledge, wisdom, and relationships of local communities with the research and experimentation of the University to create vital communities. 

The purpose of these calls is to increase the local community's knowledge about Experts, Education, and Economic Resources available to help small businesses and entrepreneurs.  We also aim to increase the number of transactions between the small business owner/entrepreneur with the Experts, Education, and Economic Resources who can increase the likelihood that they are successful.  

If you would like to be on the notification list to participate in upcoming e-Calls, please send your request via e-mail to: nkdaniels@ksu.edu

First Friday e-Call Archive:

Certified Sites Program (PDF)

Jonathan Clayton

The Role of Trails in Economic Development (PDF)

Elizabeth Burger, Wynndee Lee, John Coen

Kansas Department of Commerce Program and Assistance for Businesses

Craig VanWey

Kansas Center for Business Transition (PDF)

Jack Harwell

BRITE Center, Washburn University (PDF)

Karl Klein, Laurie Pieper

Great Plains Technology & Manufacturing Cluster  Download Slides (PDF)

Courtney Swanson

How "From the Land of Kansas" Can Help Your Small Business  Download Slides (PDF)

Janelle Dobbins, Sammy Gleason

Kansas Healthy Food Initiative and Kansas Community Investment Fund Update  Download Slides (PDF)

Steve Radley

Grow Your Own Entrepreneurs  Download slides (PDF)

Deb Brown

Rebuilding with Resilience  Download slides (PDF)

Becky McCray

Creating an Online Sales Presence for Your Business

Cheryl Boyer

Local Response to COVID-19, Update on Federal Programs Download slides - Local Response (PDF) SBA Program Updates (PDF)

Heather Hartman, Tara Vance, Bethany Shirk, Londa Nwadike, Michael Aumack

Emergency Programs to Help Small Businesses and Displaced Employees During COVID-19

David Toland, Delia Garcia, Laurel Klein Searles

Baby Boomers and the Rural Housing Supply  Download slides (PDF)

Ben Winchester

CDBG Housing Grants for Your Community  Download slides (PDF)

Linda Hunsicker

How KansasWorks Can Help Small Businesses Get Qualified Employees  Download slides (PDF)

Jo Brunner, Joseph Comfort

CyberSecurity - Wolves in Sheep's Clothing and How to Keep from Getting Sheared Download slides (PDF)

Jerry Horton

Kansas Community Investment Fund (KCIF) Impact Investing Download slides (PDF)

Steve Radley

SBIR/STTR Grants - Leveraging America's Seed Funds  Download slides (PDF)

Debra Franklin

Filling Empty Buildings  Download slides (PDF)

Deb Brown

Funding Options for Small Businesses  Download flyers: IDA Program (PDF) Take Your Small Business International (PDF)

Rachéll Rowand and David Toland

Technology Development Institute at Kansas State University  Download slides: (PDF)

Bret Lanz

New Market Tax Credit Strategies  Download slides: (PDF)

Chris Vukas and Steve Radley

Angel Investing 101  Download slides: (PDF)

Trish Brasted

Effective Use of Social Media for Rural Organizations  Download slides: (PDF)

Andy Stanton

Rewriting the Rural Narrative  Download slides: (PDF)

Ben Winchester

Marketing Your Small Town  Download slides: (PDF)  Download script: (PDF)

Deb Brown

Kansas Community Investment Fund  Download slides: (PDF)

Steve Radley

Patent and Trademark Resource Center Resources  Download slides: (PDF)

Sara Butts

Worldwide Marketing - Kansas Global Trade Services Download slides: (PDF)

Holli Schletzbaum

Cyber Security Threat to Small Business  Download slides: (PDF)

Brian Dennis

Network Kansas Resource and Referral Center

John Gendron

The New Rules of Business Success

Jon Schallert

Tech Commercialization: Government Contracts for Businesses

Greg Panichello, SBDC

Innovative Rural Business Models  Download slides: (PDF)

Becky McCray

Economic Gardening - a Revenue Growth Strategy for Second Stage Businesses

Chris Gibbons and Paul Bateson

Business Valuation and Business Transition Planning - Small Business Development Center

Greg Panichello, Lisa Brumbaugh

Launching an e-Commerce Store: How to Know When You are Ready and How to Make it Happen

Cassie Wandersee

Kansas Healthy Food Initiative

David Procter

Growing Kansas Agritourism

Sue Stringer

USDA Rural Development Financing for Local Communities and Businesses

Jessica Bowser

How K-State Can Help Your Small Business Develop its E-Commerce Capacity

Heather Morgan

What Can Land of Kansas Do For Your Small Business?

Janelle Dobbins

The Why and How of Holding a "Supporting Small Business" Workshop

Cindy Evans

How Marketing Helps Small Businesses Grow

Elizabeth Collins

Filling Empty Buildings

Becky McCray


Kansas Small Business Development Center - The mission of the KSBDC is to increase economic prosperity in Kansas by helping entrepreneurs and small business owners start and grow their businesses though professional consulting, training and resources. - Fort Hays State University