Karl Klein

As Regional Director, 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.