The College of Innovation & Design and the Center for Entrepreneurship have named Lance Minor as the new director of the Kansas Family Business Forum.
With nearly 260,000 small businesses in the state of Kansas, most of them are family owned and all play an important role in driving economic impact, locally and regionally. The KFBF has been supporting and promoting family businesses for over 27 years. Companies such as Star Lumber and JR Custom Metals are founding members, with three generations of entrepreneurs participating in KFBF programs.
As Director, Minor envisions a deliberate growth strategy to increase KFBF’s local presence, expand membership, and provide timely and valuable scheduling for family businesses in our community, regardless of what stage of growth they are in. . 9, and started racing, welcoming the new member of the KFBF: Don Klausmeyer Construction.
Minor is no stranger to the campus, prior to joining the College of Innovation & Design, he was the ecosystem and alliance manager for Deloitte’s Smart Factory @ Wichita on the WSU Innovation Campus. Previously, he was partnership manager for Shocker Career Accelerator, as well as managing director of his family-owned company, Aero Plains Brewing.
Minor is a military veteran, having served 21 years in the United States Marine Corps. He holds BAs in English and Education from the Citadel and the University of Maryland and BAs in English from Florida International University. Minor’s career in higher education also includes eight years teaching for Hawaii Pacific University.
Learn more on the Kansas Family Business forum
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