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The Kansas SBDC team is solely focused on ensuring that small businesses in Kansas achieve their goals.


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Jessica Johnson,
Regional Director, Kansas Small Business Development Center
913-469-3920

Office Location
12345 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66210 View Map

As Regional Director, Jessica Johnson’s focus with the JCCC SBDC is to ensure that business owners, startups and entrepreneurs have access to quality workshops, seminars and advising services in a variety of topics at convenient location and times. Prior to joining the KSBDC, Jessica led the JCCC Kansas PTAC program, advising businesses on government contracting topics and socioeconomic certifications and teaching procurement-related seminars. She spent 11 years in the government sector, with various roles in procurement and military relations. Jessica received a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Master of Business Administration in Contracts and Acquisitions from Bellevue University.

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John Addessi,
Business Advisor, Kansas Small Business Development Center
913-469-3922

Office Location
12345 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66210 View Map

John Addessi is a Business Advisor, adjunct instructor and Certified Global Business Professional with the Kansas Small Business Development Center at Johnson County Community College. John teaches seminars and consults on topics such as financing, business plans, marketing, international trade, e-commerce and more. Prior to joining the Kansas SBDC at JCCC, John was a consultant with the Kansas SBDC at Washburn University. John spent 15 years in management in the public and private sectors. He supervised the Language Learning Center at the University of Rhode Island and was sales manager for central Kansas with CellularONE. He received his bachelor’s degree in Russian and his MBA in general management from the University of Rhode Island. John has owned his own e-commerce sites and is familiar with the challenges facing small businesses in a competitive market.

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Stephanie Landis,
Business Advisor, Kansas Small Business Development Center
913-469-4485

Office Location
12345 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66210 View Map

As a consultant for the Kansas Small Business Development Center at JCCC, Stephanie Landis uses her expertise as a seasoned sales, marketing and management leader to assist business owners. She has the unique ability to merge her corporate career as VP Sales and Marketing with her experience of purchasing, running and selling two of her own businesses. She brings broad industry experience as well as insight into hiring, compensating and motivating employees. Having spent time on corporate boards and executive committees, she also fully understands the budgeting and financial influences within an organization. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Rockhurst University. She is also a NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional.

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Jack Harwell,
Business Advisor, Kansas Small Business Development Center
913-469-2464

Office Location
12345 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66210 View Map

As a consultant for the Kansas Small Business Development Center at Johnson County Community College, Jack leverages his over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, distribution, logistics and all things supply chain to assist our clients. Jack spent 10 years with RadioShack in a unique role that involved him in marketing, store operations, product management and other retail business processes that rounded out his strong supply chain background. Jack has a B.S. in mathematics and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas, as well as CPIM and CSCP certifications with APICS (which he is certified to teach).

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Valerie Reese,
Program Coordinator, Kansas Small Business Development Center
913-469-3878

Office Location
12345 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66210 View Map

As the Program Coordinator for the Kansas SBDC at Johnson County Community College, Valerie uses her background in customer service and office administration to assist our clients by getting them to the right resources and making sure that they have the best possible experience when working with our center. She facilitates our training classes and workshops, organizes Kansas SBDC-sponsored events at the College, and is generally the first point of contact for many of our clients. Throughout her career Valerie has gained experience in a variety of areas, including customer service, technology, course planning and creation, and staff and organizational development, with positions in the retail, medical and musical fields. Valerie holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from University of Central Missouri and a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Valerie’s free time is usually spent camping, kayaking and playing competitive roller derby.

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