Washburn Small Business Development Center
120 SE 6th Ave # 100
Topeka, KS 66603-3515
Started in October 1983, the Washburn University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides small business consulting services and training seminars to northeast Kansas entrepreneurs.
As Assistant Director for Training, Karl Klein’s focus with the Washburn SBDC is to ensure that workshop and seminar training on a variety of topics is readily available for business owners at convenient times and locations.
Before joining the KSBDC, Karl was involved in the daily operations of businesses that sold and serviced appliances, home electronics, lawn and garden, and tools for over 32 years. The extent of his involvement spans from 20 years of ownership in Kansas at the store level, to district management overseeing multiple units throughout the state of Kansas. During that time, Karl has realized and experienced the challenges facing entrepreneurs, from capital acquisition to marketing, in an ever changing business environment.
Karl received his MLS in Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays State University, and his B.B.A in Marketing from Stephen F. Austin State University. In addition, Karl is currently an adjunct professor for Fort Hays State University. Karl and his wife live in Topeka; their two adult children, a daughter and son, live in Kansas City.
Karl can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-587-9917.
Mary Ann Riederer
Mary Ann is a graduate of Kansas State University and has earned degrees in Management and in Marketing. Prior to joining the KSBDC, Mary Ann worked in large and small business settings, was an independent contractor, and owned her own business.
Recognizing that each entrepreneur comes to their business with a unique skill set, Mary Ann enjoys working with each person toward a complete business balance that includes creative marketing plans, routine accounting and evaluation practices, and constructive management techniques.
Mary Ann can be reached by email at email@example.com or 785-866-2095.
Shirley Kreipe is the Administrative Assistant for the Washburn University Small Business Development Center, where she answers questions and helps to direct entrepreneurs to the appropriate resources.
She has worked at the Washburn University SBDC since 1984, shortly after the program was launched in the State of Kansas. Before coming to Washburn, Shirley worked for Honeywell Information Systems in Phoenix, Arizona. It has been very rewarding working with entrepreneurs, watching them grow and become successful. It has also been a wonderful experience to be a part of the growth of the Small Business Development Center throughout the State of Kansas.
Shirley is a great starting point as she can either answer your small business question or direct you to a consultant for help.
Shirley may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-234-3235.
Les Streit is a part-time consultant with the Washburn Small Business Development Center and primarily serves entrepreneurs in Shawnee, Jackson, Brown and Nemaha counties. Streit served as the Washburn Center Director from 2000-2005 before going part-time.
Prior to joining the KSBDC Network, Streit has owned and operated several small businesses. He first came to Topeka as a specialist in writing training manuals and completed projects for Farmer’s Home Administration (now known as Farm Services Administration) and Payless ShoeSource in updating the Store Operations Manual. These publishing projects lead to business starts in the laser printer cartridge recycling and service industries. StreitLine Recharging started in a small garage in 1988 and grew to 6 full-time employees in 1996 when it was sold to Dynamic Computer Solutions of Kansas City. Several years later, Streit established Great Plains Cartridge Recycling and setup recycling routes to purchase OEM cartridge empties to be resold to cartridge remanufacturers around the country. Great Plains Recycling was sold in 2007.
Prior to small business ownership, Les Streit served as an adult educator and manager of media service centers at Kansas State University. Streit started his career teaching agricultural entrepreneurship to high school FFA students in Russell, Kansas. After completing graduate education at Kansas State, he taught six years at Oregon State University before returning to Kansas in 1986.
Les may be reached at email@example.com or 785-234-3235.