Representatives from the Kansas Small Business Development Center at Pittsburg State University will be in Columbus on Tuesday, March 24, for free individual counseling sessions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sessions will be held at the Chamber of Commerce Office, 320 E. Maple.

Local residents interested in developing new or existing businesses and existing businesses interested in discussing their financing and other assistance needs, can meet with KSBDC counselors during this time KSDC assistance is confidential and provided without charge.

The KSBDc is part of the Business and Technology Institute at Pittsburg State University. The BIT provides one-stop managerial, financial and technical assistance to individuals and businesses in Southeast Kansas. All business functional areas can be discussed at length. Subsequent counseling will be scheduled on an as needed basis will involve follow-up visits by KSDC/BTI personnel as necessary, and will be tailored to the needs of the business.

Appointments are encouraged for the counseling sessions and can be made by calling the KSBDC at PSU. Walk-ins will be accommodated as time permits.

For more information regarding the counseling sessions or the services of the KSBDC and/or BTI, call Kathryn Richard, Regional Director, at the same phone number. Individuals who cannot attend the above sessions due to business or job conflicts are invited to contact Richard to schedule an appointment at a more convenient time.

Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities if requested two weeks in advance. The phone contact number is (620) 235-4921.