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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, including 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 at the KU Small Business Development Center. A lifelong resident of Lawrence, Taylor enjoys connecting with the small businesses in the 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 her Bachelor’s of Science in Business from the University of Kansas in 2018. While working on her undergraduate degree, Taylor worked at the Small Business Development Center, and upon graduation, Taylor was hired full-time as a business advisor. Taylor has worked with businesses on a wide variety of topics from business planning, marketing, social media, and cash flow projections.
Taylor is a strong believer in entrepreneurship and is thrilled to assist entrepreneurs reach their dreams and goals.
Kristina Mease is a business advisor for the KU Small Business Development Center. A Kansas native, Kristina grew up in Emporia, moving to Lawrence in 2010 to start her undergraduate studies. In 2014, she graduated with a degree in art history. Shortly after graduation, Kristina pursued a career in the arts in London. Upon her return to the states, she served as a financial aid advisor at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Kristina has years of experience helping individuals sift through complicated information to find insights that help drive informed decisions.
After some time in the workforce, Kristina returned to KU to pursue her MBA in 2016. During her time in the MBA program, she served as a student consultant for several local businesses. After graduating in 2017 with a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing and supply chain, she joined the KU Small Business Development center in her current role. After a few years as an advisor, Kristina has assisted hundreds of businesses on a wealth of topics from financial analysis to market research.
Kristina takes great pride in offering the highest quality assistance she can to everyone she interacts with and, to that end, she is in constant pursuit of training and certifications that help build her repository of knowledge that she makes available to every business owner in the community.
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).