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E-Communities in the Driver’s Seat

Ecosystem building starts with knowing your community’s unique culture and roots while engaging people along the way. You have a team of community members and resource partners who are ready to help. I’m one of the lucky passengers you have picked up on the way to your destination. Thanks! We at NetWork Kansas are glad to be part of the journey.

Ice House Fosters an Entrepreneurial Mindset for 116 Participants

By Amara Kniep | June 19, 2017 The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program is a class devoted to encouraging participants to develop an entrepreneurial mindset – to view problems as opportunities. This course is sponsored by NetWork Kansas in selected communities across the state. In my role at NetWork Kansas, I’ve been to many Ice House classes and have seen and want to share the impact it has on participants.

Growing Rural Businesses Results in Entrepreneurial and Professional Growth

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Amara Kniep shares lessons she learned from Growing Rural Businesses, and how the course spurred entrepreneurial and professional growth.

Taking Business to the Next Level at Grad DBC

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Many E-Communities and E-Community businesses are already familiar with Jon Schallert’s popular Destination Business Boot Camp (DBC), one of our board certified programs. This summer, NetWork Kansas expanded our board certified programs to include an advanced course for graduates of DBC who want to take their business to the next level.

Grow the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

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A local Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge event may be just the key to planting the seeds to grow the next generation of entrepreneurs in your community. Simone Elder offers some best practices to help your event be a success.

Leadership Training Energizes Central E-Communities

Leadership Team Performance Training The Leadership Team Performance Training pilot was a success! On Monday, June 27, five E-Communities gathered in McPherson for a full-day training. Don Macke, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, led a lively workshop filled with thought-provoking discussion points and ideas for participants to take back to their communities.

2015-2016 YEC Season a Success!

By: Anne Dewvall. As the school year gives way to summer across the state, I am revisiting the past year of youth entrepreneurship at NetWork Kansas. Through our Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) series, E-Communities host local entrepreneurship competitions for students ranging in age from 7th to 12th grade. The 2015-2016 school year marked our third successive year partnering with communities at the local level to organize these events.

Molding Entrepreneurial Culture from Clay

By Jamie Hofling | March 28, 2015 --- Entrepreneurial progress is possible for every community. Jamie Hofling shares some of the steps fledgling NetWork Kansas Entrepreneurship Community Clay County has taken over the past year to cultivate their entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Director's Dialogue: Courtland Fun Day: 50 Years and Growing

By: Erik Pedersen | March 20, 2015 --- A small town festival in Courtland Kansas is bucket-list worthy. Why Courtland Fun Day earned a spot on Erik Pedersen's "must do" list.

Director's Dialogue: Ice House

By: Erik Pedersen | January 28, 2015 --- A couple of years ago, Jill Nichols (Rice County Economic Development Director) called and asked me to travel to Sterling for a meeting. She and Brian Richter (teacher at Sterling High School and facilitator of the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program) were hosting the first Rice County Ice House class and she knew I'd want NetWork Kansas to be a part of this.