Date Launched: October 2010
Number of Businesses: 28 (Pilot)
Pilot Program Results:
| || Before the Pilot || Year After the Pilot || Percent Change |
|Annual Revenue ||$87 million ||$109.5 million ||+25.9% |
| Net Full-Time Jobs ||568 ||733 ||+29% |
| Net Part-Time Jobs ||75 ||99 ||+32% |
Program Summary - Kansas Economic Gardening Network
The Kansas Economic Gardening Network was launched as a pilot program by NetWork Kansas with support from USDA Rural Development in 2010 to connect second-stage companies that have the intent and capacity to grow their business with significant sophisticated technical assistance. Selected businesses interact with an experienced national economic gardening team who deliver economic gardening services tailored to meet the needs of each business. Examples of economic gardening services include GIS, market research, SEO tools, social media monitoring, and sales lead generation.
This pilot, the first nationwide to focus exclusively on rural businesses, successfully closed in 2012 with 28 businesses completing engagements.
In October 2012, a second phase of the Kansas Economic Gardening Network was launched to offer Kansas communities the opportunity to offer high-growth businesses in their area economic gardening assistance.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with award rounds closing the 15th of each month.
Application Steps for the Kansas Economic Gardening Network
1. Review the Program Brochure, CEO Info Sheet, and Case Studies
2. Connect with a local NetWork Kansas resource partner
If you have not identified a resource partner in your area, contact NetWork Kansas by phone at (877)521-8600 or email at, email@example.com to learn more about the Kansas Economic Gardening Network and to be connected with a partner
3. Download and complete the Business Application
4. NetWork Kansas will contact you via email to inform you of the status of the application. Further instructions will be provided in the email notification you receive from NetWork Kansas.
Not a partner? Only NetWork Kansas resource partners can access the Kansas Economic Gardening Network. Find out how to become a resource partner here.