Professor Maria Marshall conducts an applied research and Extension program in small and family business management, food marketing and entrepreneurship. Maria received her master’s degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and her doctorate in agricultural economics from Kansas State University.
Maria is an Extension specialist in small business development. Her Extension program seeks to increase economic development by providing research-based decision-making tools for entrepreneurs and small business development practitioners. Specifically, the focus of her Extension program is on small business development via educational programs aimed at increasing the number, profitability and sustainability of small businesses. She has mainly concentrated on micro-enterprise development by providing business management assistance, and developing research-based instructional materials and publications that can be used with diverse audiences.
Maria’s applied research is the foundation of her Extension program and focuses on small business development, family business management, and rural economic development. Her small and family business research is focused on areas such as the firm birth process, business management and succession. Her rural economic development research focuses on alternative enterprises, small farms and disaster recovery. Maria’s main research goal is to determine the resource exchange between the family, the community and the business.Go back.