Kansas American Youth Leadership Program Delegation

The Kansas delegation of American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP) 2014, and family members, got acquainted June 23 evening. We appreciate the hospitality of KPP and especially Tina Williams at International House, Washburn University. Five youth from Topeka and Stilwell Kansas are part of 21 from 7 states who will travel to Washington and Paraguay during July. AYLP engages with new cultures to increase leadership skills and promote volunteer community service. It is funded by the US Dept. of State through Partners of the Americas. Comite Py Kansas will host in PY. Steve Richards is one of 3 mentors with the group.

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Washburn KSBDC Hosts POA Business Fellow

Fernando Torres Rubiani joined the Washburn University
Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC)
staff as an American Business Fellow in mid-July, and
staying through September. Fernando, an
attorney from Paraguay who has worked in small
to multinational companies, is working with
Washburn KSBDC clients and staff to gain new
insights to develop and manage businesses.
The Business Fellows Program is promoted by
Partners of the Americas with funds from the
Department of State. The program fosters greater
understanding of issues related to international
business and economic growth and aims to forge
and strengthen long-term institutional linkages
between the private sectors of the U.S. and
Latin America through the exchange of technical
resources and expertise.
In Paraguay, Fernando works for a real estate agency
that handles commercial and residential property sale
and management. In his current role, he is responsible
for developing new business areas aimed at generating
employment and funding resources. He is also in the process of
restructuring his company to make it compatible in
new business areas, as well as bringing innovation
into the company’s philosophy and culture.
“My objective for this fellowship is to acquire a
clear vision of effective business practices, and
most importantly, proven techniques to generate
income, recruit and train staff, and develop
expansion opportunities,” says Fernando. The
young entrepreneur says he was interested in
a fellowship at a business development center
because of the opportunities to learn business plan
development, product strategy, market analysis
and sales techniques.
Fernando says he is impressed with the diversity of businesses
assisted by the Washburn KSBDC and the staff’s genuine
interest in empowering the business owners.

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