Area residents and business owners located in North Central Kansas are invited to attend a free informational session on succession planning. The session will be October 28 in Washington, Kansas, at 101 C Street in the basement of First National Bank from 6 to 8 p.m. 

The North Central Regional Planning Commission (NCRPC) is hosting the event. It is available and free for residents, businesses and nonprofits located in the NCRPC 12-county service area — including the counties of Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Marshall, Mitchell, Ottawa, Republic, Saline and Washington. Rick Feltenberger, Regional Director of the Kansas Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Fort Hays State University, will lead the session. 

The workshop is intended to grow awareness of the importance of succession planning for small business owners in the region. Small business succession planning helps ensure that communities retain their core businesses and that owners are prepared for the next chapter in their life. There will be time for questions and answers from participants following the presentation.

The session is free, but advance registration is required. A minimum of five participants are needed to hold this session. To learn more and to register, visit

This training is one of the more than 40 courses currently available from now through June 2022 in the general categories of business and nonprofit basics, business succession planning, developing an online presence, and nonprofit board development and retention. The training series has been developed as part of the region’s response and recovery to the economic impacts of COVID-19. It is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration’s CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant awarded to the NCRPC.