About Us


Thank you for visiting the KSBDC website serving Southwest Kansas. Whether you are in business or thinking about it, our staff can assist you. The variety of experience consultants bring to work with them helps make them better equipped to work with a wide diversity of clients.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Maria Dennison, Regional Director

Maria joined the Kansas Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in January of 2018 as the Regional Director and is responsible for implementing a region-wide strategic business assistance program providing one-on-one business consulting, diverse business and training seminars, and advocacy on behalf of the small business sector in twenty-two southwest Kansas counties. Before joining the SBDC, Maria worked in Human Resources in the construction industry where she was responsible for benefits administration, risk and policy management, and IFTA/IRP audits. Prior to this, Maria was President/Publisher of Ashleigh Publishing Group, a journal and book publisher, and she previously held leading newspaper circulation and human resource roles with Media News Group, Knight-Ridder, and Mirage Resorts Inc.

Anna Padgett, Business Advisor


Anna joined the Kansas Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in February 2020. She is responsible for organizing the office and helps keep the necessary paperwork done. She coordinates all SBDC trainings with our SW region network of partners and preserves training materials. She maintains broad knowledge about company business procedures and ensures the integrity and consistency in the business workflow. Anna's main focus lies in writing and formatting business plans. She is always ready to help regardless of the challenges. She loves engaging the youth and getting them excited for entrepreneurship.



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