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Regional Director, KU-KSBDC
Will has been a resident of Lawrence, Kansas since 1986. He came to Lawrence as an undergraduate at KU where he studied Philosophy and Russian. He received his B.A. in 1993, and earned his KU MBA in 2001.
He brings to this position a variety of professional and management experience from companies both large and small. He spent seventeen years at E and E Display Group, beginning in 1987 and culminating with a stint as Production Manager. He has also served as a leader in Fortune 50 companies--General Motors and Target.
He is passionate about working with small businesses to help them succeed in our community and surrounding communities. He is eager to promote entrepreneurship in his role as Director of the KU-KSBDC.
Taylor LaRue is a Business Advisor for the KU Small Business Development Center. A lifelong resident of Lawrence, Taylor enjoys connecting with the small businesses in our community. With many entrepreneurs and small business employees in her family, Taylor has seen the impact small businesses have on a community and a family.
Taylor received a BSB in Marketing from the University of Kansas. After interning with the Small Business Development Center for over a year while working on her undergraduate degree, Taylor was hired full-time as a Business Advisor. During her time as an Intern, Taylor got a first-hand look into the operations of small businesses. Taylor’s background includes working with various businesses doing social media marketing, as well as working at the University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships and Research.torm.
Taylor is excited to continue working with entrepreneurs to help them achieve their business goals.
Kristina Mease is a Business Consultant for the KU Small Business Development Center. A Kansas native, Kristina is originally from Emporia and came to Lawrence for her undergraduate degree. She fell in love with the small town feel and sense of community that resides in Lawrence.
In 2014 she graduated with her undergraduate degree in Art History. Shortly after graduation, Kristina worked in the marketing field for a small Art Company in London. She then returned to Kansas City and found a job working as a Financial Aid Advisor in 2014. Kristina has experience helping individuals sift through complicated information to find insights and drive informed decisions. In addition to her role as an advisor, she also managed a team of student workers for the department.
After a few years in the workforce, Kristina returned for her MBA at The University of Kansas and graduated in 2017. During her time in the MBA program, she served as a student consultant for a number of local businesses.
Kristina loves everything marketing and served a stint at an advertising agency. Kristina is very excited to help small businesses grow and work with local entrepreneurs.
The Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration under Cooperative Agreement No. 3-603001-2-0017-8. The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute and expressed or implied endorsement of the co-sponsors' or participants' opinions, products or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. A partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing (KDOCH).