KU Small Business Development Center
Will Katz is the Regional Director of the KU Small Business Development Center. A resident of Lawrence for more than thirty years, he received his B.A. in Philosophy and Russian in 1993. Will earned his KU MBA in 2001. He is also a Certified Valuation Analyst, having been awarded the designation in 2014.
Will has a variety of professional and managerial experience from companies both large and small. He spent seventeen years at E and E Display Group in Lawrence, KS, beginning in 1987 and culminating with a stint as Production Manager in charge of manufacturing operations for a company with 200 employees producing $25 million in annual revenues.
He has also served as a people leader in Fortune 50 companies, General Motors and Target. Will is passionate about working with small businesses to help them succeed in our communities. Will was named the 2015 State Star for the Kansas Small Business Development Center. In his time as director, Will has met with more than 2,000 entrepreneurs and prospective entrepreneurs. KU Small Business Development Center clients have started approximately 400 businesses and raised approximately $75 million in capital during his time in position.