NetWork Kansas develops an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kansas that connects aspiring, emerging, and established businesses to a wide network of business-building resource organizations across the state. Learn more about our progress cultivating entrepreneurship in Kansas and find answers to top questions about NetWork Kansas here on the Resources page.
What does NetWork Kansas do?
NetWork Kansas connects aspiring, emerging and established businesses to a wide network of business-building resource organizations in Kansas. NetWork Kansas provides small businesses and entrepreneurs with free, easy access to the resources they need to succeed.
NetWork Kansas also works with communities through its Entrepreneurship Community Partnership to create local, sustainable funding programs as well as creating a virtual network of expertise and educational resources for entrepreneurs at the local level. The goal of the Entrepreneurship Community Partnership is to create a “local” NetWork Kansas that connects entrepreneurs to the expertise, education, and economic resources they need. Is there a fee involved in using NetWork Kansas services?
No, there is no cost for either the entrepreneurs or the nonprofit organization and public sector organizations that make up our resource network. This ensures objective, unbiased information about the organizations that can best meet the entrepreneur’s needs.
What is The Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship and what is NetWork Kansas?
The official name of our organization is The Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship, but we've chosen to do business as (DBA) NetWork Kansas. This name emphasizes the commission we were given by the Kansas Legislature to network the state's entrepreneurial resources. As time goes on, we continue to realize how crucial this mission is to developing entrepreneurship in Kansas and are honored to continue representing the work we do as a conduit to connect entrepreneurs, communities, and resources.
About The Entrepreneurship Community Partnership
A NetWork Kansas E-Community is a partnership that allows a town, a cluster of towns, or an entire county to raise seed money for local entrepreneurs through donations from individuals or businesses within the community.
The E-Community Partnership has grown from six communities in 2007 to fifty-five in 2016. During the first eight years of the E-Community partnership, more than $7.7 million has been loaned to over 285 businesses, leveraging an additional $35.5 million of additional capital (bank loans, owner down payment, resource partner loans, etc.).
About Kansas Entrepreneurship Tax Credits
NetWork Kansas was created as a key component of the Kansas Economic Growth Act of 2004 to lead collaborative efforts between education, research and outreach services—as well as public sector organizations—in order to serve potential and existing entrepreneurs statewide. An integral part of this effort is providing seed capital to entrepreneurs and small business owners in rural and distressed areas of Kansas. The Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship Tax Credit was created to stimulate this effort. The tax credit benefits individuals and corporations with a Kansas income tax liability and donors wishing to make a difference in their community. To learn more about Kansas Entrepreneurship Tax Credits, click here
NetWork Kansas Funding Program Maps