Associate Professor Maria Marshall conducts an applied research and
Extension program in small and family business management, food
marketing, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Marshall received her M.A. from the
University of Missouri, Kansas City and her Ph.D. in agricultural
economics from Kansas State University.
Dr. Marshall 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.
Dr. Marshall’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. Her main research goal is to determine the
resource exchange between the family, the community and the business.