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June 15, 2009

Falletti hired as consultant for new Cowley College KSBDC Outreach Center


The Wichita State University Kansas Small Business Development Center recently hired Kerri Falletti as a consultant for the new Cowley College KSBDC Outreach Center. In this position, Falletti will provide free consultation services and affordable training to business owners and prospective business owners in a six county area.

Prior to her new position, Falletti served as Community and Economic Developer with Cowley First: Cowley County Economic Development Partnership. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Friends University. She also earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer from the International Economic Development Council.

“Kerri’s impressive reputation in providing economic development support to small businesses makes her an ideal business consultant for the KSBDC program,” said WSU KSBDC Regional Director, Marcia Stevens. “We are pleased to have Kerri on our team as we expand our services in rural Kansas.”

The new KSBDC Cowley College Outreach Center is a partnership between Wichita State University, Cowley College, Cowley County Economic Development Partnership and Sumner County Economic Development. Because of this partnership, the KSBDC will be able to provide increased services to entrepreneurs in Cowley, Sumner, Barber, Harper, Pratt and Stafford counties.

Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee noted, “Cowley College is committed to supporting the community through partnerships and public service programs. The Cowley College KSBDC Outreach Center partnership will afford business owners increased access to key services and lead to a stronger business climate.”

The KSBDC Cowley College Outreach Center will co-locate with Cowley County Economic Development Partnership at Strother Field.

“Having the Outreach Center at Strother Field will ensure that Kerri also can work closely with Cowley First, Strother Field Airport / Industrial Park and Workforce Alliance,” said Heidi Hill, Director of Cowley First – Cowley County Economic Development Partnership. “Kerri’s experience in economic development in Cowley County will ensure a smooth transition; and we are looking forward to working with her in this new capacity.”

Falletti will also routinely work out of the Sumner County Economic Development Office in Wellington.
“We are excited to have Kerri on board. She will be a great asset in working one on one with our businesses and providing business training classes to Sumner County,” stated Janis Hellard, Sumner County Economic Development Director.

The KSBDC network includes eight regional and seven outreach centers. Each assists established firms, growth companies and start-up enterprises. Any individual interested in starting or growing a small business may receive free assistance with business plan development, strategic planning, financial projections, marketing, management and other issues.

Contact the Cowley College KSDC Outreach Center at