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April 7, 2016


Cowley College teams with Kansas Small Business Development Center

KSBDCServing as a way to partner with another state organization and bring educational opportunities to the workplace and in particular, businesses in Cowley County, Cowley College has provided the Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) with an Outreach Center at the school’s main campus in Arkansas City.

The Kansas Small Business Development Center Cowley College Outreach Center is a partnership between Cowley College and Emporia State University.

“Cowley College recognizes that partnerships such as this one between Cowley College, the KSBDC, and Emporia State University provide an efficient means for our small businesses to receive customized soft-skill training and guidance in business plan development,” Cowley College President Dr. Dennis C. Rittle said.

The KSBDC offers free consultation services and affordable training to business owners and prospective business owners in a six county area. Counties represented are, Cowley, Butler, Elk, Chautauqua, Greenwood, and Marion.

“We love having these partners,” KSBDC consultant Dean Claycamp said. “To have a local presence and educational opportunities has been mutually beneficial for everyone.”

Since July 1, 2015 the KSBDC has assisted with the startup of eight businesses and the expansion of seven existing businesses in the Cowley County area. A total of $526,800 was invested to those businesses through a combination of loans and personal investments.


Through the KSBDC’s work with these businesses a total of 34 jobs have been created or saved.

“We identify what the businesses most pressing needs are and then help set up a good, solid business plan,” said Claycamp, who received certification in Economic Development Finance and Exit Planning.

The KSBDC is housed in the school’s Webb-Brown Academic Center, Room 106A.

The KSBDC offers one-on-one consulting and advice for all startup and existing businesses.

“We dig deep into what the needs are for new and existing businesses,” Claycamp said.

The KSBDC also offers small business seminars, website and database mining, online research dependent on industry, and an online Money Management and Marketing class, while offering face-to-face instruction on Understanding Financials and Sales/Contractors Tax. 


For more information or to register for a seminar or class, please contact 620-412-3576 or