Center for Innovation and Business Development Director Shawn Naccarato has announced the appointment of Tom Byler as the new director of the Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC).

Tom Byler

Tom Byler

Byler, of Fort Scott, has served as a business consultant within the KSBDC since 2008. He succeeds as director Kathryn Richard, who retired this year after more than 25 years in the position.
“My goal as director of the KSBDC is to be a leader in assisting small businesses innovate and grow, and as a result, help to have a positive impact on the economy of southeast Kansas,” Byler said.
The KSBDC, a component of Pitt State’s Center for Innovation and Business Development, is one of eight regional centers and 12 associate centers throughout Kansas. The KSBDC and its outreach centers provide assistance for small businesses located or intending to locate within its 12-county service area.