Support Systems

Center for Entrepreneurship Director and Coordinator

The Center for Entrepreneurship will lead and serve as the primary campus guide for any FHSU students who seek to embark on entrepreneurial efforts. Also, they will lead extracurricular entrepreneurship learning including the FHSU Entrepreneurship Challenge and will assist with Kansas Startup. Furthermore, they will provide guidance and advice while linking all campus students to the entrepreneurial resources available.

Contact

Brad Goebel
Director, Center for Entrepreneurship
Telephone: (785) 628-4745
McCartney Hall Suite 206
e-mail: tbgoebel@fhsu.edu

Management Development Center (MDC)

The Management Development Center is the outreach arm of Fort Hays State University's Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship and related disciplines offering organizational consulting and professional development training for business and management community in Western and Central Kansas.

By connecting businesses with highly capable university faculty members and experienced practitioners, the Management Development Center is dedicated to helping Western and Central Kansas businesses address some of the most pressing and critical business needs. Our faculty and industry practitioners provide consulting services in organizational performance, strategic planning, human resource support, market planning and research, web development, and business technology and information systems.

Network Kansas/Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship

Network Kansas provides a one-stop shop for anyone in the state of Kansas who is interested in starting a business. Network Kansas links potential entrepreneurs to resources, information, and support systems. Network Kansas' programs include: a referral center, StartUp Kansas which provides gap financing to help entrepreneurs, the E-Community Program, and the Kansas Economic Gardening Program.

Kansas Small Business Development System & FHSU SBDC

Fort Hays State University is the host university for the state-wide Kansas Small Business Development System. The university is also the sponsoring institution for the FHSU SBDC that directly serves Northwest Kansas.

Entrepreneur in Residence

A start-up business is provided an office in exchange for a commitment to speak to classes, interact with students, and serve as a case study for faculty.

Executive in Residence

A CEO of a startup company is actively involved in speaking to classes, linking the college to businesses in the region and nation-wide, mentoring students, and working with faculty on case studies and research.

Continuing Education for Teachers and Students

FHSU is a state and regional leader in the production of high school business teachers. Defusing entrepreneurship through K-12 education helps to foster a culture of entrepreneurship. In addition to working with future teachers, FHSU holds graduate continuing education coursework for teachers each summer.

Center for Economic Education

The FHSU Center for Economic Education helps teachers (and thousands of students through the multiplier effect) become more familiar with the concepts and language of economics, business, and finance.

DECA Support

The FHSU Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship sponsors the largest collegiate DECA chapter in the state of Kansas. This chapter of students competes nationally in events such as entrepreneurship and business plan development. Collegiate DECA students also help with the state-wide high school competition and help high school students prepare their business and marketing plans for competition.

Makerspace

The university has dedicated a space, Makerspace, for access to 3D printers, 3D scanners, tablet computers, tools and ample workspace. It allows innovation, experimentation and prototyping.

Excelorator

In the planning stages currently, a space is being designed in our new IT building where business incubation, acceleration, and co-working will take place.

Faculty Selection

In selecting business faculty, regardless of field, the FHSU RCOBE is favoring those with background and research interests in entrepreneurship.

Faculty Education

The FHSU RCOBE invests to send faculty to workshops and conferences, to provide faculty tours of businesses, and to have faculty spend valuable time with entrepreneurs.

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