NetWork Kansas is growing an entrepreneurial environment in Kansas by cultivating resources to start and grow small businesses. We are a statewide network of non-profit business-building resources that help entrepreneurs and small business owners startup and grow successful businesses. 

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11 Businesses Receive Funding from NetWork Kansas During May

By NetWork Kansas | June 4, 2017 --- During the month of May, 11 new businesses received NetWork Kansas funding through the Capital Multiplier, StartUp Kansas and E-Community programs. Congratulations!

5 Businesses Receive Funding from NetWork Kansas During April

By NetWork Kansas | May 4, 2017 --- During the month of April, five new businesses received NetWork Kansas funding through the E-Community program. Congratulations!

NETWORK KANSAS ANNOUNCES YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Hays, Kan. - Hays, KS - The Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) State Championship, featuring high school and middle school students from 29 schools across Kansas, awarded young entrepreneurs with over $11,000 in prize money on Monday at Fort Hays State University. The winner of the state championship and a $5,000 prize was Christian Calliham with CT Feeds. Calliham is in 12th grade at Colby High School. CT Feeds is an operating business that provides nutritious feed and custom-tailored coaching for show livestock in northwest Kansas. 

Students Qualify for Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge State Championship

Wichita, Kan. - Thirty-six business concepts earned the chance to participate at the 2017 YEC State Championship April 24 at Fort Hays State University hosted by NetWork Kansas. These business ideas are represented by 56 students from 29 schools across Kansas. Students won a berth at the state championship by winning a sanctioned YEC-series competition, or by having their executive summary win out in a competitive qualifying round.

Latest Blog Posts


How dirty laundry literally is helping small town beat dismal rural numbers

By Beccy Tanner | The Wichita Eagle Reprinted with Permission “There are regional pockets of goodness throughout the state,” said Pederson, vice president of the Entrepreneurship NetWork Kansas, a state organization that assists businesses starting and expanding in rural communities.
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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.
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Bloom where you’re planted and other gardening-related thoughts

By Simone Elder | June 5, 2017 Earlier this year, I shared my thoughts about growing an entrepreneurial culture by hosting a Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge event. Now that we are on the other side of the YEC season, I’ve been thinking more and more about the YEC event not being the end goal. It’s a visible and energetic part of building the entrepreneurial ecosystem that may need additional pruning and watering to really make a difference.
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10 years and $10 Million Dollars - what we've learned

10 Years
Erik Pedersen discusses 10 years of the Entrepreneurship Community Partnership
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How Do You Attract Entrepreneurs to a Small Town?

Erik Pedersen discusses attracting entrepreneurs to small towns in a SourceLink Best Practices blog post that has been reprinted with permission.
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Upcoming Events

Online Accounting Software Courses

Location: Overland Park, KS
Starts: May 17, 2017 @ 12:01 AM

Online Accounting Software Courses

Location: Overland Park, KS
Starts: May 17, 2017 @ 12:01 AM

Online Accounting Software Courses

Location: Overland Park, KS
Starts: Jun 14, 2017 @ 12:01 AM

Summer Bootcamps - Fab Lab ICC

Location: Independence, KS
Starts: Jun 26, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Summer Bootcamps - Fab Lab ICC

Location: Independence, KS
Starts: Jun 27, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Summer Bootcamps - Fab Lab ICC

Location: Independence, KS
Starts: Jun 28, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

1 Million Cups

Location: Wichita, KS
Starts: Jun 28, 2017 @ 9:00 AM


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NetWork Kansas is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kansas that connects aspiring, emerging, and established businesses to a wide network of business-building resource organizations across the state. 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 (E-) 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.