About Us

How to find us

We are located at 646 Vermont in Suite 200 in downtown Lawrence, Kansas, 66044. We are co-located with the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. Our building is on the northeast corner of 7th and Vermont, and our entrance is located on 7th Street.

How to contact us

Who we are

Will Katz, regional director

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.

Brian Dennis, consultant

Brian S. Dennis is a Business Consultant for the KU Small Business Development Center. 

Brian came to Kansas from his home state of Louisiana.  He studied English and Marketing at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, earning a B.A. in 2007.

His diverse career includes over a decade with Community Coffee of Louisiana.  While with Community he worked his way up the ladder from a sales associate to a regional manager in charge of sales locations throughout the New Orleans market managing over 100 employees.  Brian oversaw the renaissance of the sales locations following the destruction of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.  In 2007 he accepted a position with a non-profit dedicated to rebuilding children’s services throughout Southeast Louisiana.  As Executive Director of the Children’s Coalition for the Bayou Region he used the business acumen learned on the job in the coffee world and transferred it to the non-profit world.  Working with members from across the children’s services spectrum, he taught non-profit leaders the business skills needed to survive in an ever changing market.  In 2010, looking to move into more of a development role, Brian accepted the position as Program Director for the Ottawa Main Street Association in Ottawa, Kansas.  It was there that he found his love of small business development.   

Brian is enthusiastic about working with small businesses in our region.  His background, mixed in business management and business development, will be an asset for those looking to expand their existing businesses and entrepreneurs looking to develop the next great idea.

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).