FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Steve Radley
Wichita, Kansas --- NetWork Kansas announced five recipients of the Kansas Department of Commerce JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneur Program. The goal of this program is to incentivize and encourage business growth while enhancing the entrepreneurial spirit throughout the state.
“These entrepreneurs, and the communities that support them, are vital to the health and growth of our state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Steve Radley, President and CEO of NetWork Kansas. “Each of these companies exhibit characteristics of innovation, growth, and local impact.”
The NetWork Kansas award recipients met criteria including operating in a rural or distressed urban area and utilizing a NetWork Kansas loan or venture program. The following companies were awarded $5,000 to assist with further growth and development:
CiboTech Laboratories, Marion - A consulting laboratory that applies food forensics to hundreds of food fraud cases a year, and is currently the only laboratory in the United States specializing in food-born particulate analysis.
BetCo Consulting, El Dorado - A Clinical and Electronic Health Record Change Management consulting company that is making a high impact in healthcare and long-term care by transforming daily operations, identifying and mitigating risk, as well as translating current documentation and vision.
181 Ag Supply, Sylvan Grove – A wholesaler providing agricultural supplies directly to farmers, including feed and vaccines for animals and fertilizer, chemical, and seed for crops and pet food.
KNOXX, Wichita – A company that connects job seekers and employers through an innovative video medium to provide job candidates with meaningful visibility with employers, while providing employers a deeper understanding of the candidate’s personality and skills,
Kingfit, Wichita – A technology startup that is using artificial intelligence to help improve health and wellness among lower-income individuals.
“We're excited to infuse capital into businesses in rural communities as well as urban areas with distressed populations,” says Stan Ahlerich, economist with the Kansas Department of Commerce, "These funds will kickstart new businesses and help accelerate the growth of other businesses that are critical for community vitality."
About NetWork Kansas:
NetWork Kansas was established as a component of the Kansas Economic Growth Act of 2004 to further entrepreneurship and small business growth as a priority for economic and community development in the State of Kansas. Backed by more than 500 partners statewide, the NetWork Kansas service promotes an entrepreneurial environment by connecting entrepreneurs and small business owners with the expertise, education and economic resources they need in order to succeed.
NetWork Kansas facilitates the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem within participating communities through the E-Community Partnership. Contributing factors to successful development include availability of financial capital, support by local leadership and development of educational resources. All of these factors combine to increase entrepreneurial activity in participating towns, leading to increased startup activity, business expansion, job creation and more.
For more information about NetWork Kansas, visit www.networkkansas.com, or call 877.521.8600.